Would you know what to do if your dog...
Choked on a piece of food? Ate something poisonous? Severely cut his paw? Was hit by a car? Lost an eyeball in a dog fight?

The next Dogsafe course IN NANAIMO will be on
SATURDAY, September 21st, 2019
cost for this 8 hour comprehensive course is $149+GST.

Robyn Andexser is the first and only DOGSAFE* Instructor in Nanaimo and teaches the course at Best Paw Forward several times each year.


In DOGSAFE® 101, You will Learn How to:

  • prevent common injuries

  • conduct a head to tail assessment

  • recognize 4 signs of illness or injury

  • respond to any emergency in 4 easy steps

  • safely approach an injured dog

  • take your dog’s vital signs and 3 other health tests

  • perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

  • perform artificial respiration

  • remove an airway obstruction (choking)

  • treat minor wounds

  • prevent and treat for shock

  • control deadly bleeding

  • deal with penetrating objects

  • prevent and treat eye injuries and abdominal wounds

  • recognize risk factors and respond to bloat

  • prevent and respond to drowning

  • assess and respond to bone and joint injuries

  • prevent and respond to poisonings

  • prevent and respond to frostbite and hypothermia

  • prevent and respond to heatstroke

DOGSAFE® courses are designed to make complex topics easy. Our teaching techniques will appeal to auditory, visual and tactile learners. You will learn through watching, listening, moving and doing, which improves knowledge retention. This means that you not only learn the topics on course day, but more importantly, retain the information for years to come. This makes learning with DOGSAFE* not only fun, but effective.

DOGSAFE*: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know in an Emergency by DOGSAFE® Founder Michelle Sevigny ($18.95 retail value) is included FREE with DOGSAFE® Part 1 course registration. The 126-page comprehensive manual includes 56 photographs and is spiral bound for durability. The course training and reference manual is reviewed & supported by veterinarians, including Dr. James Lawson, Chief Animal Health Officer of the BC SPCA.

PLUS, the course manual includes:

  • A vital signs checklist for keeping track of your dog’s essential information

  • An essential phone numbers list for easy access in emergencies

  • A canine incident report form to ensure accurate info during veterinary follow-ups

  • An Airway, Breathing & Circulation (ABC) assessment flowchart for easy reference

The DOGSAFE® training and reference manual contains even more topics that are not covered in the course, making is a valuable resource for future reference.


Our training techniques include:
Instruction, demonstration, hands-on learning, discussion/Q&A and videos.

Our training tools include:
A real dog for practice, Canine resuscitation manikins, plush demonstration dogs, bandages, splints, fake guts, eyeballs and much more!

Certificates awarded:
Upon successful completion of the hands-on practical and written test, you will be granted a frame-ready, 8 1/2″ x 11″ DOGSAFE® certificate that you can be proud to show your family, friends, clients and even your dog!

The materials and subjects were very well organized and easy to follow, and I was very impressed with the professionalism from the instructor. The manual that came with this course was well organized and supplied the required information without getting bogged down in too many technical explanations. I was VERY impressed and would have no hesitation recommending any pet owner to take this course. In fact, I believe it is a duty that we owe to our little buddies – to know how to help them should they ever need it.
— Murray Preusche, Nanaimo DOGSAFE graduate