The UK’s leading dog first aid franchise is celebrating after recently winning Best Franchise Support at The Approved Franchise Association awards.

Dog First Aid has been offering courses since 2013 and have franchises throughout the UK, which have trained more than 6,000 dog owners and dog business owners in how to give emergency canine first aid. Thanks to their courses, thousands of people around the country now have the skills needed to spot an emergency and potentially save a dog’s life.

Nicky Durrant attended a Dog First Aid course in West Berkshire and it wasn’t long before she had to put her skills into practice.

She said, “I went on a course a couple of months ago and didn’t realise I would be using what I learnt so quick. My four month old puppy ran off with a stick from the garden and got it stuck in her throat. Remembering what I’d been told, I managed to remove the stick quickly.”

An attendee from a course last year had a terrifying experience when one of her dogs began to choke. She explained, “Dog First Aid was put into full use when one of my pups choked. She was a-goner for quite a few minutes but finally got it dislodged and performed CPR. Really distressing for all of us but thankfully been given the all clear by the vets.”

Dog First Aid is the only qualified UK company to offer the Continued Professional Development (CPD) accredited Emergency Canine Care (ECC) Course. The course, which is designed for those working with dogs as well as dog owners who want to be better prepared to care for their dog, covers situations such as choking, bleeding, drowning, road accidents, heat stroke, poisoning and how to perform canine CPR.

Director Jo Middleton said, “We’ve taught thousands of doggy folk in courses all over the UK and many of our course attendees have been in touch to let us know they have since had to use the skills they learnt in a real-life situation. We know that attending a Dog First Aid course gives people the confidence to act in an emergency and vets have told us that appropriate first aid can save the life of a dog.

“Even in less crucial circumstances administering first aid can significantly reduce the amount of treatment and recovery time a dog will need.”

Jo with the award

Winning the Best Franchise Award is proof of the extensive work that has gone into creating excellent courses. Jo explains, “The whole Dog First Aid team work together to support each other and ensure that the courses we offer are the best they can be.

“We have over 50 years of veterinary experience in-house, and every course trainer has extensive training with registered members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as part of a comprehensive training package and are fully equipped to not only run the courses but also their own Dog First Aid business.”

Dog First Aid courses are held throughout the country. To find your nearest course visit www.dog-first-aid.com. There are also some franchise territories still available. If you are passionate about dogs and keen to run your own business, get in touch by emailing franchise@dog-first-aid.com.

Images by Dog First Aid 

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