Dog CPR, First Aid + Safety for pet pros + dedicated owners
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Dog CPR, First Aid + Safety for pet pros + dedicated owners

Essential training to keep your dogs safe, attract clients & gain skills & confidence to take action in an emergency.
4.7 (2,921 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
9,713 students enrolled
Created by Melanie Monteiro
Last updated 8/2020
Current price: $51.99 Original price: $74.99 Discount: 31% off
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 mins on-demand audio
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Detailed video demonstrations for new guidelines in pet CPR, Canine Heimlich, how to read vital signs and more, using real (adorable!) dogs + training manikins
  • Bonus dog & puppy proofing e-book, toxic plants, foods + first aid kit handouts, links for top dog safety apps & products
  • Special tips for dog sitters, walkers and other pet care providers
  • Each lesson is veterinarian-endorsed and will teach you the same essential skills included in my hands-on certification workshop
  • Basic dog handling skills
  • Basic knowledge of dog anatomy

"This course is the real deal, put together with world experts in CPR and dog safety.  I love Melanie Monteiro's work! " — Jessica Vogelsang, DVM

"Professional and concise. I recommend this course to any and all dog owners." — Susan Bertram, DVM

This unique course is modeled on The Safe Dog Handbook  to arm you with the skills, resources and knowledge to protect your pups in the real world; react confidently and intelligently in a life-threatening emergency; and boost your profile credentials to help you stand out in the highly competitive online marketplace of pet care providers.

My approach to dog safety has been praised by top veterinarians, VPI Pet Insurance, national humane organizations and countless dog parents. You'll learn the same skills I cover in my hands-on workshops and more - because here on Udemy, I'm also able to incorporate amazing teaching tools such as video clips of real emergencies, guest experts and a bonus e-book download. Plus plenty of adorable dog action!

You'll learn:

  • How to perform pet CPR, plus life-saving first aid skills for choking, heatstroke, bleeding, car accidents, accidental poisonings and more
  • How to read a dog's vital signs
  • How to handle encounters with aggressive dogs while out walking
  • How to spot a bloating dog
  • Which car restraints provide the best protection
  • What apps and numbers to have on your smartphone
  • How to create a dog-safe home and outdoor environment
  • How to prevent accidents and prepare for a successful outcome BEFORE an emergency happens
  • Extra precautions for puppies

The course is broken up into concise, single-topic lessons, so you can go at your own pace. The format includes video demonstrations with my beautiful senior Labrador Taiga, lectures, hands-on practice exercises, and printable handouts. When appropriate, I provide deeper explantations about various emergencies so you'll not only learn how to spot the signs and what actions to take, but also WHY you're doing it — to help you better retain the knowledge and skills to react in a stressful situation. I worked closely with leading vets throughout the development of this course to ensure that each lesson, demonstration and handout is accurate, up-to-date and veterinarian-approved. 

Happy endings! Testimonials for Melanie's training videos and hands-on workshops:

"I used CPR to save Woody's life yesterday! It was a freak accident - I came home to find Mia's jaw caught around Woody's collar. Mia was frantic, flopping Woody around like a rag doll trying to break free. Her mouth was bloody and she couldn't let go. By the time I was able to remove the collar, Woody was lifeless. His eyes were milky and his gums were blue. Needless to say I was in a complete panic, but I remembered our CPR class and was able to calm down to give him rescue breathing and CPR, and he regained consciousness - I couldn't believe it! I rushed him to the vet, and he will be ok. I already ordered safety collars but until they get here, the dogs will stay in and the collars will stay off. Thank you!" — Monika H., Los Angeles, CA

"Last night my dog began choking on a cherry tomato. While my wife tried in vain to dislodge the tomato, I remembered your video about back blows and the Heimlich maneuver. We did exactly what you said. The Heimlich worked, and the tomato popped out. It was a long, terrifying couple of minutes. You saved our precious boy's life! Thank you! We are forever in your debt."— Dale W. Portland, OR

"Your CPR video saved my sweet dog Casey's life and I could never ever thank you enough. In three weeks, our story is going to be in our local newspaper and they will be printing the link to your video. I will send you the link to read the story online as soon as it's up! Thank you again, your video is amazing and every single dog owner should know how to perform CPR in case of an emergency. THANK YOU!!!!!" — Stefanie A., Joliet, Il


*This course is not intended to replace veterinary advice. Always seek prompt veterinary care in an emergency. While every caution was taken to provide safe recommendations based on the standard accepted methods of pet first aid, it is impossible to predict the outcome of their use. Melanie Monteiro assumes no liability for any harm arising from the use of these techniques, and students should exercise personal judgement when applying them. Woof!

Who this course is for:
  • Dog sitters, dog walkers, trainers & doggie daycare staff
  • Dog and puppy owners
  • Animal shelter & rescue group volunteers
Course content
Expand all 36 lectures 02:47:38
+ Preparing for Emergencies
3 lectures 09:08

Hello and welcome! In this lesson you'll meet me, my lovely "Lab assistant" Taiga, and get an overview of everything you'll learn in this course.

Preview 02:22

Learn the three essential steps that will prepare you to react quickly and intelligently in a crisis, and get you the help you need when every second counts.

The Big 3: Simple, effective ways to set yourself up for success in a crisis

Yes, you need one! This lesson will teach you how to assemble and maintain your kit, a checklist of the items you'll need, and why having a kit is so important.

Creating your pet first aid kit
+ How to Approach, Capture & Restrain an Injured Dog for Treatment
3 lectures 08:31

Learn the various techniques for safely approaching and capturing an injured dog.

How to approach & capture an injured dog

Learn how, why, when (and when not) to muzzle a dog before treatment. Starring the lovely and patient Taiga.

Seriously, a muzzle? Important guidelines to help you decide

Learn various recommended techniques for restraining an injured dog so you can safely treat her injuries.

Restraining for treatment
+ How To Read Your Dog's Vital Signs
7 lectures 13:14

Learn to detect subtle differences in your dog's appearance or behavior that may signal a problem before it becomes too serious.

Hmm, something's not right here: Honing your observational skills
Heart Rate & Pulse
Respiratory Rate
Body Temperature
Vital Signs Summary & Hands-On Practice
+ First Aid for Life-Threatening Emergencies
14 lectures 01:11:50

Learn the latest standardized guidelines for pet CPR in this detailed step-by-step demonstration. Includes an explanation of compression techniques for various sizes and breeds, mouth-to-snout rescue breathing, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Test your CPR knowledge
5 questions
1 page

With the help of Taiga and Ginger, this demo-style lesson will teach you the four essential skills to aid a choking dog, including how to check the mouth, the Canine Heimlich Maneuver, wheelbarrow/gravity and back blows. You'll learn what to do if the dog becomes unconscious, how to handle a variety of special circumstances, and more.

Traumatic Injuries + Transport Techniques (car accidents, falls, fractures)

This lessons details the signs and first aid actions for various types of poisoning accidents such as the ingestion of toxic foods and plants, plus first aid for topical and inhalation poisonings.

3 pages

In this lesson you'll get to witness a real dog bloating (don't worry, he makes a full recovery!) as well as get extensive background information on what types of dogs are most at risk, and how to spot this deadly condition early so you can get your dog fast treatment and increase his chances for survival.

Canine Bloat (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus): The Mother of All Emergencies

The signs, causes and first aid treatment for heatstroke are all covered in this detailed lesson - plus how you can protect the dogs in your care from this life-threatening emergency.

Preview 07:51
Test Your Knowledge about Heatstroke
5 questions
Hypothermia & Frostbite

In this lesson you'll learn the most common causes of burns in dogs and the different first aid actions for heat, chemical and electrical (cord bite) burns.


Meet Ginger, the adorable English Staffordshire Terrier who does not float! Ginger is the official mascot of this lesson that will teach you how to keep your dogs safe in and around the water, what actions to take if your dog is drowning, and how to prevent and spot the signs of a rare, little known danger called water intoxication.

Drowning, Water Intoxication & Water Safety

Learn the signs of foreign body ingestions that can cause gastrointestinal obstructions, how they affect the dog, what actions to take, and ways to prevent these types of accidents. Warning: this lesson features crazy X-rays!

GI Obstructions... and a mind-blowing look at common things dogs swallow
1 page
Allergic Reactions
+ Wound Care
1 lecture 03:02
Abrasions, Bite Wounds and Puncture Wounds
+ Preventing Emergencies: Lessons from The Safe Dog Handbook
8 lectures 29:53

Bonus e-book! This 25 page downloadable dog and puppy proofing guide from The Safe Dog Handbook will give you a step-by-step plan for creating a safe home and outdoor environment for your canines. Includes the importance of incorporating play and exercise into your dog's routine based on breed, size and age; games to play with your dogs; special precautions for puppies and toy breeds; safe interactions between dogs and children; separation anxiety and more.

Dog proofing and beyond — A holistic approach to preventing accidents
25 pages

From the candy dish on the coffee table to the foxgloves in the flowerbed, the average home contains numerous poison hazards for dogs and puppies. In this lesson you'll learn which common foods, plants and household items are hazardous, with downloadable lists and information for each category.

Hold the onions: Toxic foods, plants and common household poison hazards

Complete this quiz after studying the handouts to test your knowledge of common toxic hazards for dogs and puppies.

Which is toxic?
5 questions

From every aspect, cars were designed for humans, so pet passengers require extra help when climbing in for a ride. In this lesson you'll gain a true understanding of the potential risks to dogs who ride unrestrained in vehicles through eye-opening crash tests; the difference between pet restraints that provide crash protection vs. distraction prevention; the dangers of hot cars, and more. Plus links to the top rated pet travel safety products.

Car safety: Shocking tales from a crash-test dog, hot cars and more

Actionable plans, checklists and advice for how to include your pets in your family emergency plan, create a pet evacuation kit, regional tips, setting up an emergency pet buddy arrangement and more.

Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Pet Buddies

Although rare, collar strangulation accidents are often deadly. Learn the most common causes of collar accidents and how you can prevent them.

Preventing Collar Accidents
2 pages

Special guest lesson with renowned dog expert and trainer to the stars, Jennifer McCarthy! Learn how to walk your dogs more safely, avoid encounters with aggressive dogs, and tips on how to break up a dog fight.

Preventing and managing encounters with aggressive dogs

Holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Halloween and other celebrations pose numerous hazards to our dogs. This lesson details the most common holiday-specific risks, along with actionable plans and information to help you enjoy these occasions while keeping your dogs safe.

Holiday Hazards: A party animal's survival guide

This quiz will test your retention of key information presented throughout the course.

Final Mash-Up Quiz
8 questions
Wrap Up & Action Items