WHITESBORO, N.Y.--When a family member or friend is in trouble, help often arrives within minutes of dialing 911.
For pets, it's a different story.
"If your dog goes into shock or if your dog stops breathing, who do you call?" Rocco Bouse, owner of Barks on the Boulevard said.
Staff at his doggie daycare facility recently earned their pet CPR and first aid accreditation from an organization in Cicero.
"Being in the industry, I wanted our staff to be CPR certified, first aid certified," Bouse said. "We took all of our staff out there last Sunday. It was about four and a half hours, great course."
There, they learned techniques for clearing blocked airways, wrapping and bandaging dogs of different sizes, and assessing an animal from tail to snout.
One aspect of the course involved safety while handling animals . Barks on the Boulevard Daycare Supervisor Carleigh Hughes said muzzling an animal in pain is the safest protocol to avoid accidental bites.
"They're just trying to relay the message the best that they can that they're hurt and they need help," Hughes said. "But you also have to think in the safety aspect. Animals that are afraid, they're going to bite."
Bouse says it took longer than expected to find a class with the necessary accreditation. The distance, coupled with the importance of the skills, sparked an idea.
"Upon completing the class, I looked into becoming an instructor myself, so we'll actually be able to teach CPR, first aid right out of our facility starting in December," Bouse said. "They're like our children and certainly nobody wants to feel helpless."
"It's really nice to know that they're taken care of with people who really understand dogs," Caitlin Ziobro, a dog owner and Barks on the Boulevard patron said. "If there was a problem, you know they have the knowledge to help."
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