An Oldham woman who is the owner of a celebrity dog is helping to deliver a new canine CPR course in Manchester.

The CPR crash course for Pet Professionals is being trialled in the Manchester area and includes a visit from one of the UK's leading canine first aiders Rachel Bean.

The Basic Life Support course is being aimed at people who work with dogs in their workspace.

Ms Bean, who lives in Saddleworth, is the owner of five-year-old Chilli, known as Linda Biscuits on comedian Joe Lycett's Late Night Lycett.

The Oldham Times: Rachel Bean with Chilli, left, and WispRachel Bean with Chilli, left, and Wisp (Image: Animal News Agency)

In the two hour sessions, Ms Bean will go through the theory of CPR and then a real-time CPR practical session will take place so the learners can feel confident they can save a life after the session end.

Ms Bean, who holds the prestigious Recover Guidelines Rescuer Certificate and is a qualified veterinary nurse, said: "Whether you are a pet professional, have a dog friendly office or work in a space which welcomes dogs, this course is an amazing way to get up to speed on the basics of life saving.

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"We are trialling the new course in Manchester first, and hope that Manchester businesses will be happy to be trailblazers in making their premises not only dog friendly, but dog safe too."

Ms Bean, originally from Grotton, travels the world teaching canine first aid and also co-runs the Vet on Set business, which operates out of Manchester's Media City, providing animal support to film and TV productions which are using four legged stars.

The Oldham Times: People taking the course should know how to save a dog afterwardsPeople taking the course should know how to save a dog afterwards (Image: Animal News Agency)

She added: "The country is getting more dog friendly than ever and that is a wonderful thing, but it is so important that as many people as possible know what to do should the worst happen.

"My course will help you act calmly and quickly to save a life, and may inspire you to take your studies further too to include more life saving skills."