Pet First Aid, CPR Training Programs Surge

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Mr. Biker


STOP SAYING "PET!!!" What you really mean is "cat and dog." Birds are the 3rd most common pet in the U.S., and WHAT TRAINING DO YOU HAVE FOR AVIAN TECHS? Both Angie's list and Pet Tech ignores this chunk of the community. What have you got for birds and their owners?

Becki Williams


This is a fantastic article & I wish that we had a class like this in the Central Valley of Northern California area (Manteca) as I know a LOT of people who would be greatly interested! Perhaps this would save a lot of vet visits if preventative & emergency methods were taught to pet owners!!

Ines de Pablo


Great Article! Pet business owners and Pet Parents are their pets 911! Every pet parent should learn the skills. It’s a fundamental part of being a responsible pet parent. The key is to learn the skills BEFORE something happens. I became a PetTech instructor in 2008. Since then we’ve had a lot of clients that came to us AFTER an incident occurred and reported feeling helpless. That is a terrible feeling!
The PetSaver class also offers mitigation methods. If we know how to prevent incidents we may be able to avoid some emergencies. So don’t wait for something bad to happen! Get trained now!

Vicki Holt


Excellent article -- a real service to your readers. I'm also a Pet Tech instructor and one of the pet sitters I trained in pet first aid has saved 4 animals' lives in the past year! This is training that every pet owner and every pet care professional should have, for their own peace of mind and for the safety of their animals.

"The Pet Safety Guy"


Great article because of the personal stories with happy tail endings. Would like to have read how to become a Pet Tech Instructor. To see how to become an Instructor and what is in the PetSaver Training go to

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.