PFA Course Details

Working in the pet industry has helped me to recognize that most pet parents and animal lovers would be unable to respond confidently, safely and skillfully in a pet emergency. Acknowledging that I was also in this category, I decided to find out how I could become a competent responder if my own or a clients dogs met with a medical emergency.

While researching pet first aid, I found Walks “N” Wags, an internationally recognized program with the longest running Pet First Aid courses in Canada. Originally developed in 1993 by Ethne Dickinson RN, of Oakland Educational Services and her team of Veterinary Professionals, Walks “N” Wags has been offering Pet First Aid instruction since 2003.

My company, Life Tracks Training now teaches this industry recognized National Pet First Aid program for animal lovers, pet parents, dog and cat professionals.

Professionals, eligible to receive both 5 CEU PSI (Pet Sitters International) and 8.5 CEU IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), with the completion of this course. Professionals choose our program for its reputation. They recognize that a certification from an accredited organization lets their clients know that they are credible professionals who can reliably care for their dogs and cats.

Pet parents, cat and dog enthusiasts choose our program knowing that they can now effectively administer First Aid in a pet emergency. They also acquire many early detection and preventive skills to draw upon while they care for their companion animals

This course is designed to teach effective pet first aid for emergencies, early detection, common medical conditions and preventative care for dogs and cats. While this course is very comprehensive it does not replace regular Veterinary visits or emergency care.


     Preventative Medicine
     Emergency Action Plan
     Vital signs
     Rescue breathing
     Airway Obstruction
     Wound Care
     Eye/Ear Injuries
     Bone/Joint Injuries
     Foreign Objects
     Safe Restraint/Transport
     Heat Stroke
     Medical Conditions and more…..

You will be taught how to administer emergency care in the “field” prior to transporting the animal for Veterinary care.

Work with live dogs (when available) or cat and dog stuffies (toys) while practicing bandaging techniques, and CasPeR manikins for CPR/AR skills.

Practice real life scenarios, play interactive games, and review instructional videos.

The course curriculum is approximately 8.5 hours. 10 hours in total, breaks included.

We offer two different course formats:

A one day: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm, includes breaks.

A two day: one evening 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and the following day 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, includes breaks.

Private courses are available for a minimum of four participants or more. For further details please contact

Certifications are valid for three year

Course fee is $160 (tax included)


This course is very informative, I learned so much! It was delivered at a perfect pace and the Instructor Elizabeth, gets 5 stars for her teaching skills. I highly recommend this course! T. Duce, Red Deer, AB.

Including the Instructors dogs into the course, Hays & Merlot made it much more personal and they were amazing! This course is something I should have taken long ago, so informative! S. Kile, Airdrie AB.

Definitely a fantastic course for new puppy/dog and cat owners. You just never know when an accident or medical emergency can creep up! D. Wenn, Calgary, AB.