Classes To Help You With Your Pet

The initial Pet First Aid certification class at Bridgeville Public Library, June 2011.Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation Sponsors Free Classes

Since June 2011, Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation has sponsored pet first aid introductory and certification classes and dog aggression classes in Bridgeville and surrounding communities in the south and west of Pittsburgh. Although there is usually a charge for attending these classes, Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation is offering these sessions free of charge in an attempt to offer families the skills they can use to help save the life of their dear pet.

Even though the classes are free, because of limited seating and preparation of any materials from the instructors you need to RSVP for each class by calling Deb at

Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation
Phone: 412-220-7800.

Pet First Aid Classes

For information on upcoming classes, please check here for dates and times. If you would like to be the first to know of any scheduled events, sign up for our monthly email newsletter. You may also find information by friending us on Facebook or you may call Deb Chebatoris at 412-220-7800.

About the First Aid Classes

There are two types of first aid classes:
2 HOUR CLASS (Introductory Pet First Aid Class)
Great for pet parents who want a basic knowledge of what to do for the most common emergency situations.
  • CPR Demonstration & Rescue Breathing
  • Bleeding
  • Heatstroke
  • Hypothermia
  • Seizures
  • Poisoning
  • Choking
  • Assessing Pet’s Vital Signs
  • Assembling a Pet First Aid Kit
5 HOUR CLASS (Pet First Aid Certification Class)
Great for people who work with pets or for pet parents who desire a more in-depth knowledge of pet first aid. A Certificate of Training is awarded at the completion of the class. This class covers all of the topics in the 2 hour class, plus the following additional topics, and includes hands-on CPR practice:
  • Injury Assessment
  • Handling & Safety
  • Bites & Stings
  • Fractures & Limb Injuries
  • Snout to Tail Wellness Assessment
  • Bloat
  • Emergency Preparedness For Your Pets

Why Pet First Aid Classes?


Is there anything sadder than losing the companionship of your pet to death?

Yes, when I need to work with a family whose young, healthy pet has succumbed to an accidental death, it is a double tragedy.

Not only does the family experience the loss but there is a lingering feeling that “if only…” they would have done this or that, the death may not have occurred. I have worked with families whose pet died after being caught and choked by the collar, who suffocated in a potato chip bag.

It is difficult enough when we lose a pet who has lived a full and long life, but it is practically impossible to say goodbye when the pet is only a few years, or even months, old. The grief is palpable in these situations, with families saying they had such plans for the life cut drastically short.

Recently, I had to work with a number of families who found themselves in this circumstance and wondered if there was anything that Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation could do to prevent such tragedy.

As providence has often revealed the answer to my problems, in walks Karen Sable. After we talked about arrangements for her dear departed Snowball, our conversation revealed that she had chosen to intensify her involvement in animal welfare and became a certified pet CPR and first aid instructor. Through discussions, the two businesses, Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation and Pet Emergency Training LLC, have joined forces to help families learn what to do in the case of a pet life threatening situation.

Emergency Preparedness

With the number of weather related problems we have experienced during the past several years (floods, tornadoes and large snowfalls with power outages), the western Pennsylvania area has not been spared the impact these conditions can have on our beloved pets. Both classes will help families be prepared for such occurrences.

There will be no charge to participants attending the classes offered by Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation, however space is limited so participants must register to attend. Registration is being taken by Deb at 412/220-7800. Additional classes are planned for other locations throughout the Pittsburgh area.

The website for Pet Emergency Training, LLC is

Dog Aggression Classes

Last year while Deb was walking her two dogs, Wilson and Colby, in their own neighborhood, they were suddenly and unexpectedly attacked by a larger, aggressive dog. Both Wilson and Colby had injuries requiring treatment. While Deb was unhurt she understood that this could have been a tragedy and vowed to organize Dog Aggression classes for dog owners and others so that people would know what to do when approached or attacked by an aggressive dog, and owners would be able to identify the signs of aggression and calm an aggressive dog.

Two different classes are offered in this area, one for handling other dogs and one for handling your own dog.

Handling Other Dogs: Dog Aggression and Dog Bite Prevention instructs how to help prevent dog bites and how to handle an aggressive dog that is not your dog.

Classes are two hours long and are taught by Penny Layne of Aunt Penny’s Pet Sitting and Dog Training. They will cover:

  • types of aggression
  • signs of aggression
  • predicting aggression through body language
  • how to prepare for a walk
  • what to do if attacked

Penny will also offer some suggestions on how to work with aggressive dogs, but most of the class will focus on dealing with example situations.

Handling Your Dog: Shy, Fearful or Aggressive, Understanding Your Dog’s Trigger instructs how to handle your own dog’s aggression.

  • common triggers that cause dogs to be aggressive
  • how to help your dog control the impulse to bark
  • ways to build confidence in your dog
  • handling and desensitization techniques

Penny will also discuss best practices when walking your dog.

Read about our classes in the Post-Gazette’s Pet Tales or listen to our radio commercial about our Dog Aggression Education classes. The file is an MP3 audio only and should play on most computers and mobile devices.

NOTE: Even though the clases are free, because of limited seating and preparation of any materials from the instructors you need to RSVP for each class by calling Deb at 412-220-7800.

No Dog aggression classes are currently scheduled. To be notified for upcoming classes and events, check back or sign up for our blog, Animus, to receive announcements in e-mail, friend us on Facebook.

If you have a group or facility and would like to host a class, please call Deb Chebatoris at 412-220-7800.


Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation
Phone: 412-220-7800
442 Washington Avenue Bridgeville, Pennsylvania 15017