I have been studying basic first aid for dogs as recommended by the Blue Cross animal charity.
It is a very interesting and informative guide that gives practical and straightforward instructions for dealing with all sorts of accidents and problems that might befall a dog. I feel more confident in dealing with certain situations now knowing that I have the guide to hand. I am also trying to find a local vet or course that might give me some sort of certification after a period of study and practice for dog first aid, no luck yet though, I shall keep looking though.
The number of possible accidents and problems had not occurred to me! However, I am putting together a basic and useful first-aid kit to always carry with me in the car, just in case. Better safe than sorry I say.