K-9 handlers learn skills to treat on-the-job dog injuries

K-9 handlers learn skills to treat on-the-job dog injuries

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ENFORCEMENT HAVE BIG RESPONSIBILITIES. BUT THEIR HANDLER’S HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KEEPING THEM SAFE. MTN’S KAITLIN CORBETT TELLS US ABOUT A PROGRAM AIMED AT KEEPING OUR FURRY FRIENDS SAFE WHILE ON THE JOB. “It wasa gap we needed to fill, so we did.” Trained K9s make up an important part of local law enforcement. From search and rescue, to drug detection, these dogs do it all. But some of their tasks can make for dangerous situations, where help could be hours away. That’s why the group K9 Medic made it’s first trip toHeart of the Valley Animal Shelter in Belgradethis weekend, to give handlersand professionalsfrom as far as Utah and Wyoming…hands-on training to keep their K-9 safe while on the job. “We’re teaching people here today how to deal with traumatic injuries for their dogs. How to deal with cold and heat injuries, we’re teaching them how to better deal with any illnesses that might come up in the field, bloat, tension, tension pneumothoraxes, all kinds of things.” Throughout the training, these handlers use these stuffed but pretty realistic-looking dogs to practice medical procedures in emergency situations. “It’s an excellent opportunity to get a little more in-depth first aid. We do search and rescue in wilderness settings, all over the place really, and this will really help us for emergency situations to protect our partners.” Founder of K9 Medic Jo-Ann Brenner, says that this training can give handlers the confidence to make sure their furry partners are in good hands while on the job. “The biggest thing we’re here for is to make a difference for their dogs, and so the biggest thing is that they can prevent many of these injuries from ever happening in the first place, and that they can support their dog when they’re in the field, and ultimately if that emergency does strike, then the handler knows that they have the confidence to take care of their dog, when their dog really needs them” The handlers will go throughone moreday of training, where they will learn more advanced techniques for extreme situations. Reporting in Belgrade, Kaitlin Corbett, MTN News. IN NATIONAL NEWS… ON HIS FIRST VETERANS DAY IN

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