Gain the confidence to make decisions and create positive outcomes for your dog in unpredictable situations.

Our Wilderness First Aid for Dogs course is for outdoor adventurers who like to share their backcountry adventures with their furry four-legged friends and where access to advanced veterinary care is delayed or communication is unreliable.

This fun hands-on introduction to wilderness care for dogs was developed in-house by a team of fellow dog owners, Wilderness Educators, Wilderness First Responders, EMT’s and Doctors of Veterinary Medicine with the primary intent to teach dog owners basic backcountry first aid care for their dog should the need arise.

The class focuses primarily on assessing and treating immediate life threats to your dog; Airway, Breathing, and Circulation; stabilizing and then transporting your dog to a veterinary clinic. The program is scenario based and the majority of your time will be spent outdoors practicing techniques.

You’ll learn how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.

The classes are held at the Cedar House Sport Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA

2019 Dates TBD 

Some of the many skills student will be able to do:

• Know before you go
• Restraint and muzzling
• Lifts and carries
• Dog Anatomy 101
• Canine vital signs
• CPR / Rescue breathing
• Choking
• Patient assessment
• Bleeding and shock
• Splinting
• Medical emergencies
• OTC medications for dogs
• Dog specific items to add to your first aid kit

Cancellation Policy :

If you cancel/reschedule 30 days out, full refund.

If you cancel/reschedule between 30 and 14 days, 50% refund.

If you cancel less than 14 days before the course, no refund.

Please do not bring your dog. This is a very interactive class and we have found if everyone brings their dog more time is spent on dog obedience then actually learning how to take care of your dog. The objective of the class is to give you the tools necessary to identify, treat and transport your dog out of the backcountry should the need arise.

This course and the techniques taught in the classroom are not a substitute for veterinary care and in no way constitutes a professional veterinary school course.