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When: Dec 22, 2017 9pm in Huntington, MA

SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) / and Wilderness First Responder

Special Note!!!!!! What you need to know is our property is an off the grid homestead and Canine Sports Camp (Agility, Dock Diving, Herding and Search & Rescue Training) currently under construction. As construction is underway, you may see open/studded walls, insulation, construction lights and a basic concrete floor. For winter classes we heat with wood and do our best to keep the temperature around 70 degrees. We do not have an internet connection but your phones and mobile data should work well in our home. Once you arrive our home is a 1/3 mile off of Pine Street, primarily up hill on a gravel driveway. Look for a sign that looks like a street name sign, which says Doghill Homestead, also one that says Private Road. That is us and you are a guest, so please come on up. Although smaller cars can make it up the driveway, some are nervous coming up the dirt road. If you are nervous about the trip up, please call and I will pick you up at the bottome of the driveway. I recommend dressing as if you we were visiting a farm. You may camp out (tent) on our property at no cost. This is wilderness camping with no amenities.  With all that said you may also enjoy meeting some of our 2 or 4 legged friends, 6 Nigerian goats, our 4 loved Aussies, 2 cats, 9 Indian Runner ducks, a Guinea hen, and many Jersey Black Giant Hens and Red Bourbon turkeys, possibly 2 pigs and some sheep Classes are rarely if ever cancelled and I have taught classes for only one person. If I have only 1 registrant for a class I will let you know and give you the option of attending the scheduled class or a future class.    Please feel free to call with any questions. Class is 2 days, starting at 8am each morning. Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life. WHO IS THE WFA FOR?The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines. WHAT IS TAUGHT?The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies – see course outline in sidebar. WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?Classes are held at Dog Pals Canine Sports Park HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?$160.00 IS THERE AN EXAM? Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course. DO I GET CERTIFIED?Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years. DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder program. Course Topics   Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.   Introduction Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System Asthma Backcountry Essentials Cold-Related Injuries Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills (including lightning) Heat-Related Injuries Medical Emergencies & Critical Care Orthopedics Patient Assessment System Patient Lifting & Moving Principles of Fracture Care   Rescue Plan Response & Assessment Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies Spinal Cord Injury Management Sprains & Strains Techniques The Human Animal Trauma-Musculoskeletal Injuries Trauma-Soft Tissue Injuries Universal Precautions Use of Epinephrine What is Wilderness First Aid?                                        You can read more about this program and others at: www.jimhelemsdogpals.com You can see all out Pet First Aid products on our shop: www.dogpalsshop.com  About your instructor.   Jim Helems currently owns and runs Adventure Dogs USA. Along with his 22 years as a military medic, Jim has completed several SOLO programs including the Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT, GEOMED and the SOLO instructor program. Currently Jim is involved with several Disaster Animal Response Teams at the local, state and national levels assisting in local disasters and also assists the ASPCA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in rescuing dogs from illegal puppy mills.  Cancellations: Classes are scheduled, in part, based on attendance. We do not refund any fees paid, but will allow you to attend another class of your choosing within 1 year of original class date. This is your responsibilty to schedule a new class with the instructor prior to attending class.     FAQs   Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? We recommend: Girls 10 years or older, Boys 12 years and older, exceptions are always possible   What can/can't I bring to the event? No dogs/cats allowed in class except service dogs. You can bring a lunch or snacks and drink if you wish   Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Jim Helems, dogpals1@gmail.com   Is my registration/ticket transferrable? No   Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You should but not required   What is the refund policy? There are no refunds on classes. But you can atttend another class within 1 year of your purchase date. You must contat the instructor prior to the class to ensure a seat.  

When: Jan 20, 2018 8am in Huntington, MA

PetSaver / Pet First Aid & CPR

Special Note!!!!!! What you need to know is our property is an off the grid homestead and Canine Sports Park (Agility, Dock Diving, Herding and Search & Rescue Training) currently under construction. As construction is underway, you may see open/studded walls, insulation, construction lights and a basic concrete floor. For winter classes we heat with wood and do our best to keep the temperature around 70 degrees. We do not have an internet connection but your phones and mobile data should work well in our home. Once you arrive our home is a 1/3 mile off of Pine Street, primarily up hill on a gravel driveway. Look for a sign that looks like a street name sign, that says Doghill Homestead, also one that says Private Road. That is us and you are a guest, so please come on up. Although some driving smaller cars are nervous coming up the dirt road, everyone has made it. If you are nervous about the trip up, please call and I will pick you up at the bottome of the driveway. I recommend dressing as if you we were visiting a farm.  With all that said you may also enjoy meeting some of our 2 or 4 legged friends, 6 Nigerian goats, our 4 loved Aussies, 2 cats, 9 Indian Runner ducks, a Guinea hen, many Jersey Black Giant Hens and Red Bourbon turkeys, possibly a couple of pigs and some sheep. And you will also have the advantage of seeing some of the first aid supplies and nutrients I use for my own pets. Classes are rarely if ever cancelled and I have taught classes for only one person. If I have only 1 registrant for a class I will let you know and give you the option of attending the scheduled class or a future class.    Please feel free to call with any questions.     Description: All our Pet First Aid and CPR classes are approved for CEU's by many organizations including: MA Certified Veterinarian Technicians CCPDT PSI NAPPS North Carolina Veterinary Board Others We can also apply for others if you are required CEU's with in your orginization. If you are nor a pet pro, but just a dog or cat parent, do not let this scare you off. All pet owners will greatly benefit from this class. This just shows the level of the class for our students.   The Pet Saver / First Aid and CPR program is aproximately 8 hours in length (not including lunch and is the recommended course of instruction and includes all three classes.   PetSaver (Approximately 8 hours)(8am - 5:30pm) The PetSaver class includes three seperate programs combined into a one day class. They are:   1. Caring For Your Senior Pet-izen    Although the name may make you think this section is just for older dogs it is not. Part of being a caring, conscientious, and responsible and loving pet owner includes helping the pet make it into its “golden years.” We will cover some topics that maybe controversail to some, but are based on current science: a. When should a spay/nuetur my pet b. What about vaccines?, when should they be given and which ones? What does the Amercian Veterianary Medical Association reccomend c. What about nutrition? We will cover this generally as time does not permit a long discussion. If interested in learning more consider our Canine Nutrition Class d. How do extend ours pet's life e. Options for end of life 2. Pet First Aid & CPR One of the most important and vital items you will learn in this class is the Snout -To-Tail assessment. This skill alone is worth the price of admission Restraining and Muzzling Primary Assessment Rescue Breathing Canine and Feline CPR Choking Management Snout-To-Tail Assessment Assessing the Pet's Vitals Handbook Insect Bites & Stings and snake bites Heat & Cold Injuries Seizure 3. Dental Care For Your Pets  Your pet not having their teeth brushed for the first 3 years of their life is equivalent to you not seeing a dentist until you were about 20 years old.  Imagine what your mouth would look like, what it would smell like if you didn’t have any dental care for the first 20 years of your life!  This course will teach you how to properly brush your pets' teeth, how to recognize the signs of periodontal disease, the four stages of periodontal disease, and what you should do if you suspect your pet has periodontal disease. Add our Canine Nutrition class for a complete Healthy Pets Weekend. Description: Our Canine Nutrition and Herbal Care is more than an informational class you may have attended in the past. But at the same time we do not push any one type of diet for your canine. After completing the series you will be able to make an informened descision on choosing the best diet for your dog based on your life style and budget. The class is divided into three sections: Canine Nutriton 101 This is our basic class and will be covering the different feeding options available to us and the pros and cons of each. These include: High Heat Kibble (Commercial pet foods) Baked Low Heat Kibble Air Dried Kibble Prescription Diets Canned Balanced Food Freeze Dried Balanced Raw Commercially Prepared Balanced Raw Fresh Food. Homemade Balanced Fresh Food As we discuss each of the feeding options we will cover: How to read a dog food label What items should never be in your dog’s food Novel proteins that my help your dog with skin issues The canine super foods Therapeutic diets How to create a home diets Supplements like fish oil, vitamins and probiotics Maintaining your dog’s weight At the end of the Canine Nutrition 101  you should have a good understanding on how to make an informed decision what method of feeding your four legged family member. Canine Nutrition 102 - This course requires some pre-class homework so you will be prepared to formulate a meal. In depth coverage of: 1. Maintaining your dog’s weight 2. Theraputic diets (weight loss)  A short discussion on cancer prevention, kidney disease, liver diease, diabetes  Functional foods Supplements  Food sensitivies and allergies Protiens (intro) Fats (intro) Carbohydrates (intro) Macro & Micro Nutrients Vitimans and minerals 3. Determining your dogs Metabolic Weight Determining your dogs required energy needs Creating Complete & Balanced meals Herbal Care 101 - Here we will discuss and prepare: (if you wish take home am herbal remedy you will need to add the lab fee to you tution fee, otherwise you can audit and make your own at home)  1. Herbal Dewormer 2. Golden Paste 3. Fermented apples (Probiotics)  4. Comfry/Plantain Sauve    What this Series is about:  Multiple studies have proven a healthy weight dog can live up to two years longer You will learn science based nutritional information to help keep your dog healthy I consider myself a Canine Nutrition Consultant  who can assist you in providing the best nutrition for your dog,(only veterinarians with nutrition training can hold the title of "Veterinarian Nutritionist") . I have completed both formal and informal training programs dealing with canine nutrition. What this Series is not: I am not a Certified Veterinarian Nutritionist and there for will not try to prescribe a theraputic diet for you and your dog. Although the information is correct, if you have a sick dog you should consult a veterinarian (who believes in nutrional therapies), a holistic veterinarian or a Canine Nutrition Consultant.    You can read more about this program and others at: www.jimhelemsdogpals.com You can see all out Pet First Aid products on our shop: www.dogpalsshop.com   About your instructor.   Jim Helems currently owns Jim Helems' Dog Pals. As a dog behavior consultant and dog trainer Jim deals with dogs and other pets on a daily basis. Along with his 22 years as a military medic, Jim is uniquely qualified to teach this class. Certified by both Pet Tech, (A Certified Master Instructor) and the American Red Cross. Currently Jim is involved with several Disaster Animal Response Teams at the local, state and national levels assisting in local disasters and also assists the ASPCA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in rescuing dogs from illegal puppy mills.  Most importantly Jim has used these skills to help save the lives of several dogs from car accidents, illness and more.   Cancellations: Classes are scheduled, in part, based on attendance. We do not refund any fees paid, but will allow you to attend another class of your choosing within 6 months of original class date. It is your responsibilty to schedule a new class with the instructor prior to attending class.     FAQs   Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? We recommend: Girls 10 years or older, Boys 12 years and older, exceptions are always possible   What can/can't I bring to the event? No dogs/cats allowed in class except service dogs. You can bring a lunch or snacks and drink if you wish   Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Jim Helems, dogpals1@gmail.com   Is my registration/ticket transferrable? No   Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You should but not required   What is the refund policy? There are no refunds on classes. But you can atttend another class within 1 year of your purchase date. You must contat the instructor prior to the class to ensure a seat.  

When: Jan 28, 2018 8am in Huntington, MA

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About Huntington, MA
The Town of Huntington Massachusetts was founded in 1885 and is located in Hampshire County and named after Charles Huntington.

Recreational activities include swimming and fishing as well as hiking and picnicking within its borders. During the spring whitewater races are held in the town, come visit and enjoy the fun!