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canine cpr and first aid workshop

be prepared to help treat your pet in case of an emergency, such as accidental poisoning, choking or heat stroke. through lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice, denise fleck of sunny-dog ink will teach you the skills necessary that can help save your dog's life. you'll earn a pet first aid/cpr certification upon completion of class. humans only.
topics include:

  • temporary muzzling and safe approach
  • checking vitals: how to find your pet's pulse, respiration, temperature, capillary refill time and hydration
  • how to perform a head-to-tail check-up
  • rescue breathing and cpr
  • bandaging and splinting
  • what to do for:  bloat, burns, choking, constipation, diarrhea, drowning, electric shock, frostbite, heatstroke, insect stings, poisoning, seizures, shock and snake bites
  • how to use the items in your pet first-aid kit
  • pet disaster preparedness



denise's class is priceless for dog parents. not only do you learn how to administer canine cpr but also how to react in so many emergency situations. one class gives you critical, life-saving information. hoping i never have to put any of the knowledge into action but so thankful i have it if my dog needs me!
— jenny, enzo's mom


denise fleck of sunny-dog ink has trained with seven national organizations in animal life-saving skills as well as having been a long-time rescue volunteer and animal response team member. she has assisted homeland security with their k9 border patrol first aid program, has developed her own line of pet first aid kits, writes weekly columns for a variety of magazines and has made several national television appearances. she is the instructor of the dog's best friend first aid workshops.


sunday, february 22
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

otis & lucy photography, 129 arena street, el segundo

$75, pet professionals or early pup sign-up by february 1

what to expect when you're expecting a...puppy! webinar

what to expect when you're expecting...a puppy! was created for anyone planning on or considering taking the leap into puppy parenthood.

in this 2-hour webinar, we will discuss not only the joys of being a puppy parent, but the extreme challenges that bringing a fluff ball into your home can bring.

we'll talk about:

  • selecting a puppy (both from rescue groups and breeders)
  • pre-puppy preparation
  • the first day home
  • house/crate training
  • puppy nipping
  • puppy development stages
  • the importance of proper puppy socialization
  • how compassion and patience are required in order to raise a happy, healthy puppy

rebecca mandell started dog's best friend in 2004 when she became increasingly alarmed by the physically and emotionally damaging methods utilized by many dog trainers.

as a positive reinforcement dog trainer, rebecca believes in training dogs with compassion and understanding, helping to build the bond between dogs and humans, so the dogs do what we ask of them because they want to, not because they are frightened or intimidated.

rebecca was voted "best dog trainer" in the 2012 south bay locals' choice awards. she is a long time resident of hermosa beach, alongside her husband, corey, and two rascals, rusty and cooper.


training with head and heart: ethical training science in practice by chirag patel

dog's best friend is proud to host this event taught by internationally respected animal training and behaviour consultant, chirag patel.

learn about ethical training, based on practical behaviour science. using several video examples, chirag will discuss ways to teach companion animals to tolerate and enjoy participating in behaviours that allow us to care for them in a better, more compassionate way.

from grooming, giving medication, drying with towels, accepting injections and giving blood samples. chirag is a great believer in giving animals choices and control in training interactions, so he will discuss how we can teach in a way that allows the animal to communicate to their trainer/parent/handler and vice versa.

this presentation is very useful for professional trainers, veterinary staff, dog groomers, walkers, parents and anyone who works with — and loves animals.

i am a small animal vet in vancouver and had the privilege to attend one of chirag patel's behaviour talks when he visited in 2013. he is an engaging speaker and it is clear he loves what he does - he had me thinking about behaviour in a way i had not previously understood. not only is he naturally gifted at working with animals, he is particularly adept at teaching these skills and explaining the underlying rationale. he teaches a trust-based approach that i can see would strengthen the bond between pet and owner. he is wonderful to work with and i wouldn't hesitate to refer any clients to him for behavioural or training help.
—tina bruaset, dvm


chirag is an animal training and behaviour consultant who lives in london. he teaches workshops for trainers, veterinary staff and owners internationally. chirag also consults for kong in the uk and europe, as well as guide dogs for the blind, uk. chirag consults with a wide a range of animals including dogs, cats, birds, sloths, apes and reptiles.

he has a bsc (hons) in veterinary science from the royal veterinary college, london and a post-graduate certificate in clinical animal behaviour from the university of lincoln. chirag has also completed internships under jean donaldson and ian dunbar.

coming in june 2015