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

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Learning paid
3 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you 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
About the course

"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!

Preparing for Emergencies
In this section you'll learn how to set yourself up for a successful outcome before an emergency happens with an arsenal of tools, hotlines and pet first aid kit.

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.

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

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.

Creating your pet first aid kit

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.

How to Approach, Capture & Restrain an Injured Dog for Treatment
Learn how to stay safe, how to approach and capture without scaring the dog, how and when to use a muzzle and various techniques for restraint.
How to approach & capture an injured dog

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

Seriously, a muzzle? Important guidelines to help you decide

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

Restraining for treatment
Learn various recommended techniques for restraining an injured dog so you can safely treat her injuries.
How To Read Your Dog's Vital Signs
Learn to read your dog's heart rate & pulse, respiratory rate, capillary refill time, check for dehydration and other essentials vitals, to help you determine if a dog is ill or injured.
Hmm, something's not right here: Honing your observational skills

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

Heart Rate & Pulse
Respiratory Rate
  • Basic dog handling skills
  • Basic knowledge of dog anatomy
Melanie Monteiro
Melanie Monteiro
Dog safety expert, author and pet first aid instructor
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