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About This Course

This course will offer the learner a rewarding way of learning everything required to enhance their animal psychology and behaviour knowledge base.

Looking after pets needs and understanding them is very rewarding. This course will cover the natural instincts and behaviours of dogs, cats and other common pets. It includes domestication, and  how to prevent psychiatric issues. You will also learn how pets think, learn and feel, why they exhibit a certain behaviours and how to read their communication signs.

This course is ideal for anyone, whether they are considering a career working with pets, pet owners, as well as people looking to provide a service in the growing need for pet psychologists or someone who wants to gain a much better understanding and knowledge of pet psychology.

Syllabus

Unit 1 – Pet Evolution

Topics:

  • Domestication
  • Selective Breeding
  • Therapeutic value
  • Anthromorphism
  • Pet fashions
  • Choosing a pet


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Have a clear knowledge of the process of domestication
  • Know the functions of selective breeding
  • Identify the different reasons why pets have a good therapeutic value
  • Understand what Anthromorphism is and how to avoid it
  • Know how media effects the numbers of unwanted pets
  • Identify the different questions that need to be answered before having a pet


Unit 2 – Dog Communication

Topics:

  • Smell
  • Sound
  • Body language


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Understand how dogs communicate through smell and sound
  • Identify the different ways dogs communicate to other animals and us
  • Understand why dogs urine mark
  • Know what a dog is saying by the types of sounds they use
  • Identify the dog’s body language


Unit 3 – Canine Normal Behaviour

Topics:

  • Puppy behaviour
  • Meal time manners
  • Sociology
  • Senior behaviour
  • What is normal?


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Have a clear knowledge of Puppy behaviour
  • Know the different types of behaviour that go on at canine meal times
  • Understand canine sociology
  • Have a clear knowledge of senior dog behaviour
  • Identify and understand different normal canine behaviours


Unit 4 – Understanding Canine Actions

Topics:

  • Chasing tails
  • Rolling in unpleasant things
  • Human to dog communication
  • Tail between their legs
  • Eating grass
  • Rolling over
  • Mad moments
  • Circling
  • Muzzle grabs


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Know the reasons behind dogs, circling, rolling in unpleasant things and mad moments
  • Identify the different ways humans communicate to dogs 
  • Understand why dogs chase their tails and eat grass
  • Know how to use muzzle grabs and understand how they work
  • Identify why dogs roll over showing you their belly


Unit 5 – Common Canine Psychiatric Challenges

Topics:

  • House soiling
  • Jumping up
  • Digging
  • Barking


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Know the different types of inappropriate elimination behaviours
  • Understand why dogs jump up and know how to solve it
  • Have a clear knowledge of digging dog behaviour
  • Identify, understand and modify different barking canine behaviours


Unit 6 – Canine Anxiety, Fear and Aggression

Topics:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Fear
  • Aggression


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Understand separation anxiety in dogs and learn possible treatments
  • Have a clear knowledge of fear and phobias in dogs and understand how to treat them
  • Identify different types of canine aggression   


Unit 7 – Cat Communication

Topics:

  • Smells
  • Cat talk
  • Cat Body language


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Understand how cats communicate through smell and sound
  • Identify the different ways cats communicate to other animals and people
  • Understand why cats urine mark
  • Know what a cat is saying by the types of sounds they use
  • Identify the cat’s body language


Unit 8 – Feline Normal Behaviour

Topics:

  • Kitten behaviour
  • Cat lessons
  • Meal time manners
  • Sociology
  • Senior behaviour
  • What is normal?


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Have a clear knowledge of kitten behaviour
  • Know the different types of behaviour that go on at feline meal times
  • Understand feline sociology
  • Have a clear knowledge of senior cat behaviour
  • Identify and understand different normal feline behaviours


Unit 9 – Understanding Feline Actions

Topics:

  • Catnip and presents
  • Belly up and Halloween cat
  • Grooming
  • Catnaps
  • Food burying and toy dunking
  • Naughty Tortoiseshells
  • Grieving


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Know the reasons behind cats showing you their belly, catnaps, grooming and food burying
  • Identify the Halloween cat stance and understand why cats do it
  • Understand why some cats love catnip and why cats bring us presents
  • Identify what is special about Tortoiseshell cats and learn about grieving in cats


Unit 10 – Common Feline Psychiatric Challenges


Topics:

  • House soiling
  • Jumping up
  • Inappropriate activity
  • Cat shouting


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Know the different types of inappropriate elimination behaviours
  • Understand why cats jump up and know how to solve it
  • Have a clear knowledge of inappropriate activity behaviour
  • Identify, understand and modify different cat shouting behaviours


Unit 11 – Feline Anxiety, Fear and Aggression

Topics:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Fear
  • Aggression


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Understand separation anxiety in cats and learn possible treatments
  • Have a clear knowledge of fear and phobias in cats and understand how to treat them
  • Identify different types of feline aggression   


Unit 12 – Rabbit Psychology

Topics:

  • Domestication
  • Rabbit talk
  • Smell
  • Body language
  • Normal behaviour
  • Prey behaviour
  • Common psychiatric challenges


By the end of this unit the learner will be able to:

  • Understand how rabbits communicate through smell and sound
  • Identify the different ways rabbits communicate to other animals and us
  • Understand rabbit domestication
  • Learn what a rabbit is saying by the types of sounds they use
  • Identify the rabbit’s body language
  • Understand common rabbit behavioural problems and learn possible treatments
  • Identify prey behaviour in rabbits

Accreditation

This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.

 

Assessment

At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies

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