Online: First aid for Security Guarding Dogs, Detection Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs.

Online: First aid for Security Guarding Dogs, Detection Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs.

Meets requirements of National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU)


Working dog first aid training to meet the requirements of the National Association of Security Dog Users NASDU.

Start online now, or contact us to discuss a face to face practical delivery on-site with our Canine CPR manikins and training exercises.




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About this course

This course is approved by NASDU for the requirement of pet first aid in their standards. First aid is important to know for your security dog not only to comply with associations and local authorities but also for animal welfare and to help a dog in need.

The nature of working with dogs will pose a risk that they may be harmed in the course of their work or transport.

We have designed this course to meet the NASDU learning outcomes and added a few extra modules to ensure full understanding. We offer this course in a variety of formats including; a 100% online course, a classroom course (taught nationally), or a blended course where you complete the online course and a shorter practical session locally.

This course is also available as a virtual remote class taught by a real instructor though our unique virtual training platform. Take your course from the comfort of your home or work and gain the same qualification as a traditional classroom course.

The online platform is super simple to navigate. Watch the video lessons at your own pace, pause and resume when it suits you. Answer the multiple-choice questions throughout the course and when you have completed all the lessons, you will be directed to the final assessment.

To make sure you really learn and retain the information, test questions are randomised. A video review following the final assessment is customised to support a thorough understanding of each topic

  • Front-row seat in the class
  • No PowerPoint based slides
  • Detailed bite sized video-based training with demonstrations
  • Subtitles for “sound off” viewing
  • Optional concise text lesson summary with key learning points accompanying each clip
  • Comprehensive manual and posters, and current regulatory guidelines updates
  • Access videos for up to 8 months after purchase
  • Certified CPD evidence-based learning statement and certificate upon successful completion
  • Includes recent guidelines on infection prevention with the outbreak of Severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV2)


Dog Handlers
Security guards

Course topics

Below is the content of the online course. Classroom courses may vary slightly.

Introduction to Security Dog First Aid
Security Dog First Aid Course Overview
Meet your vet
The vet and your role in first aid
When is Veterinary Care Required
Keeping your pet safe in an emergency
Car Accidents
Pet Proofing your home
Use Of Gloves
Hand Hygiene
Checking a Dog health
Checking your pet's health and finding out what is normal
How pets show pain
Taking a Pulse
Taking the Temperature
Gum Colour
Loss of Appetite
First Aid Kits and Equipment
Pet First Aid Kits
Advanced Pet First Aid Kit
Elizabethan Collars
First Aid Spray
Pet First Aid Wipes
Spray on plaster
Blood stop powder
Dog Muzzles
CPR, Accidents and First Aid
Breathing and respiratory problems
Pet CPR Introduction
Pet CPR Practical Demonstration
Drowning and Treatment
Near and secondary drowning
Pet fractures treatment
Spinal injury and moving an injured pet
Medical Conditions
Types of Bleeding
Dressings, bandages and controlling bleeding
Pet wrap bandages
Paw Problems
Nail and Claw Injuries
Eye problems
Bandaging the Ear
Bandaging the tail and tail injuries
Pets and tourniquets
New commercial Tourniquets for dogs
Bandage aftercare
Dog Digestive Process
Vomiting in Animals
Pets and Illnesses
Inducing Vomiting in a Dog
Inducing vomiting - vets comments
Stings on animals
High Temperatures and Heatstroke
Hypothermia Treatment
Seizures and Epilepsy
Choking Overview
Snake Bites on Pets
Insect Stings
Urination Problems
Different Types and Sizes of Dogs
The Older Dog
Brachycephalic dogs
Fireworks and thunderstorms
Human First Aid
Record Keeping with Security Dogs
Summary of Pet First Aid

Learning Objectives:
LO1: Explain the importance of immediate attention to the dog and/or the need to obtain veterinary assistance
LO2: Explain the actions and precautions to be taken following a dog that has stopped breathing.
LO3: Explain the actions to be taken following a dog that has a broken limb
LO4: Explain the actions to be taken following a dog that is bleeding from a wound.
LO5: Explain the signs and symptoms following the ingestion of a harmful substance by a dog and how (and when) to induce vomiting.
LO6: Explain the actions to be taken following the ingestion of a foreign body by a dog.
LO7: Summarise the contents of a Canine first aid kit
LO8: Identify safety equipment which may be of use when dealing with a sick or injured dog.
LO9: Demonstrate the fitting of a muzzle and explain its use.
LO10: Define the common signs and symptoms of illness and identify their treatment.
LO11: Identify the appropriate reports and records required following the administration of first aid.


Watch the video lessons at your own pace and answer the incremental multiple-choice questions throughout the course. When you have completed all the lessons, you will be directed to the final assessment. Students must score at least 80% to pass.


This course comes with 4 hrs (7hrs for classroom training) of CPD, although the time to complete the course online may be less than this. Total course time includes 3 hours and 38 minutes of video training as well as knowledge reviews, final test, remedial help and reviewing downloaded material.

The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a ProTrainings Certificate and for online courses an Evidence Based Learning statement.

Additional information

Security Dog First Aid Level 2 (VTQ) at a Glance

  • 3-year nationally recognised certificate
  • 3 hours and 38 minutes of engaging video training
  • Video access for 8 months
  • Printable wall certificate
  • Certified CPD time credit conformation
  • SCORM Ready! Integrates with your LMS
  • Includes manual & other downloads
  • Free weekly video refresher
  • Evidence Based Training certificate


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