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.
All our Pet First Aid and CPR classes are approved for CEU’s by many organizations including:
- Massachusetts Certified Veterinarian Technicians
- North Carolina Veterinary Board
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
Canine and Feline CPR
Assessing the Pet’s Vitals
Insect Bites & Stings and snake bites
Heat & Cold Injuries
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.
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
- Food sensitivies and allergies
- Protiens (intro)
- Fats (intro)
- Carbohydrates (intro)
- Macro & Micro Nutrients
- Vitimans and minerals
- 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:
You can see all out Pet First Aid products on our shop:
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
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.