About chezarffa

Dave Holden of " www.chezarffa.com" has spent many years coaching, training and managing people in a number of specialist areas including Outdoor Adventurous Activities, First Aid and Health and Safety. Having moved to France and started "Chez Arffa" as providers of high quality natural nutritional products for dogs, and become involved with the HOPE association re-homing organisation, it seemed like a logical step to expand into the area of providing training for companion animal carers. Dave's motivation for delivering the Pet First Aid course is to broaden the range of educational opportunities available to responsible pet parents, and to improve understanding of how to support a dog in distress. Dave also runs a micro brewery making ten different real ales.

Tellington T-Touch

We are really excited about the opportunity to add a new skill to our dog support package.

Bernadette will be doing a course here in France in May run by Lisa Leicht in T-Touch

T-Touch is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence – a little like “turning on the electric lights of the body. ” TTouch is done on the entire body, and each circular TTouch is complete within itself. Therefore it is not necessary to understand anatomy to be successful in speeding up the healing of injuries or ailments, or changing undesirable habits or behavior.

Tellington TTouch is a specialized approach to the care and training of our animal companions. Developed by internationally recognized animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon), this method based on cooperation and respect offers a positive approach to training, can improve performance and health and presents solutions to common behavioral and physical problems. It also helps establish a deeper rapport between humans and animals through increased understanding and more effective communication.
Using a combination of specific touches, lifts, and movement exercises, TTouch helps to release tension and increase body awareness. This allows the animal to be handled without provoking typical fear responses.
The animal can then more easily learn new and more appropriate behaviors.

By using the TTouch and a variety of other tools, like the Confidence Course, you can assist the animal in experiencing self-confidence in previously frightening situations. Even the most difficult problems are often eliminated. You can also learn how to apply the Tellington TTouch to assist with recovery from illness or injury, or just enhance the quality of your animal’s life.

Tellington TTouch can help in cases of:
Excessive Barking & Chewing
Pulling Up Behavior
Fear & Shyness to Grooming & Nervousness
Sickness Associated With Aging

This gentle method is currently being used by animal owners, trainers, breeders, veterinarians, zoo personnel and shelter workers in several countries.

More information about the course is available on http://www.gruedemoiselle.com/tellington_ttouch_on_dogs.html


Dog First Aid

I have just returned from running my fifth Pet First Aid course.

The first one I ran in a bar over 3 evenings, the second one in a cafe over 2 mornings, and the third in a holistic retreat centre as a full day course.

I have to say I much prefer running the full day course, as the participants are less distracted having set aside a full day to explore this important area of learning.

The course covers the following aspects of First Aid for your pet.
• Introduction
• The vet and your role in first aid
• Keeping your pet safe in an emergency
• Car Accidents
• Pet proofing your home
• How pets show pain
• Checking your pet’s health
• Pet Accidents and First Aid
• Breathing and respiratory problems including choking
• Dog CPR (using specially designed dog manikins with lungs & femoral pulse)
• Drowning
• Shock
• Broken Bones
• Spinal injury and moving an injured pet
• Tending to your pet
• Controlling Bleeding
• Dressings and Bandages
• Paw Problems
• Ears, Eyes, and Mouth
• Bandaging the Ear
• Bandaging the Tail
• Illnesses
• Poisoning, Bites, and Stings
• Burns and temperature related problems
• Different types and sizes of animals
• The older dog
• Cats
• Small dog care
• Puppies and young animals
• Summary of Pet First Aid
• Traveling with your dog abroad
• Pet First Aid Kits
• Summary

It is a lot to cover but the course has online support and a pdf student manual so plenty of backup for students.

I am very impressed with the Casper canine CPR manikins. They are such an excellent resource.