Dog trainer says animal first aid for professionals is vital

Rebecca Walters

Rebecca Walters runs Pupstarts Breeders in Oswestry, Shropshire, and supports the national Safe Pets and People campaign which calls for mandatory first aid qualifications for all UK pet professionals.

Alongside the RSPCA and national qualifications provider, the iPET Network, Rebecca believes it is time to upgrade the professional pet industries and ensure that safety is paramount.

She said: “I have 14 active spaniels and gun dogs on site so a week doesn’t go by without a little scratch. Not having my first aid training isn’t worth thinking about.

“It’s also a matter of trust for pet professionals. If you pay someone to take care of your dog, you expect them to be competent and to provide them with the appropriate care. .”

The Safe Pets and People campaign recently launched an online petition, and Rebecca hopes that by helping to raise awareness more people will visit and sign it.

She said: “I find it amazing that first aid training isn’t already mandatory and I’m sure a lot of people don’t realize their pet professionals don’t need it.

Jocelyn Toner, RSPCA Chief Veterinarian, said: “We advise all professional dog walkers to undergo first aid training and would welcome any campaign to roll it out to include all people who work in the dog industry. pet industry.

“Simple first aid skills could save an animal’s life or ensure an animal receives immediate care before they can see a vet and we think it’s a wonderful idea that the Safe Pets and People campaign wants all pet professionals – from groomers to breeders – have basic first aid training.

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