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ABOUT THIS COURSE

Build a strong bond with animals and learn to properly care for them by correctly reading the signs they give you


Know your pet intimately before getting intimate

Every pet owner knows how intriguing and complex animals can be. Each creature is endearingly individual and full of surprises.

Taking care of all aspects of a pet’s life can be a tricky business. Cats can be spirited and mysterious. Dogs can be untameable but adorable. Before we get you to the hands on part of their personal care we spend a lot of time taking you through their psychology so you fully understand their habits, instincts and development first.

4 legs, 2 legs or no legs at all!

All kinds of pets need specific care for their type and we include care on many commonly loved creatures:

  • For rabbits & guinea pigs we help you understand the living environment and exercise that’s ideal, take you through common problems and diseases and how to give the best care.

  • As well as how to care for hamsters, gerbils, mice & exotic rats, we help you understand their behaviour and how breeds differ.

  • Birds need special understanding, from small to large, parrots to birds of prey. Learn about traits, common diseases and how to prevent spread.

  • Keeping fish as pets needs careful attention. Discover best practice so you maintain clean and healthy species.

  • For those of you who love reptiles, we delve into the world of snakes, lizards, turtles, terrapins & tortoises and outline some common challenges & solutions.

Once you can see things from a pet’s point of view, you’re better equipped to give them a comfortable life and develop a harmonious relationship that’s fulfilling for you and them.

Get started today and awaken your animal instincts!

 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

You’ll discover the answers to questions like:

  • What’s normal behaviour for a dog?
  • What level of understanding does my young cat have?
  • Are certain traits specific to some breeds?
  • What is my puppy trying to communicate to me?
  • What do those strange cat sounds mean?

What’s going on with my pet?

We’ll also give you good insight into what can cause a pet to be unhappy or stressed with topics like:

  • Eating disorders
  • Excess scratching
  • Aggression
  • Separation anxiety
  • Soiling

This course will be of great interest to animal lovers and professionals in the pet care industry who would like to better understand the behaviour of animals, how to properly care for pets, and to any learner who is interested in pet care as a future industry to work in.

This is also a great resource for those who would like to own animals and want to provide the highest level of care for their pets. 

Candidates with an interest in working with animals

Anyone interested in a career in pet grooming, pet sitting, dog walking, veterinary medicine or animal care

Those interested in owning animals, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.

Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion

International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

To receive certification, you must:

  1. Complete every page of the course
  2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
  3. That's it!

After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation

Module 1: What Is Normal Behaviour For A Dog?
  • Socialization
  • Dogs and learning
  • Juniors and seniors
  • Habits – digging, chewing, and more!
Module 2: If Dogs Could Talk
  • Body language
  • Stances
  • Body language reference table
  • Smells and sniffing
  • Urine and feces
  • Vocal language
Module 3: A Dog's Eye View
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Scent marking
  • Elimination
  • Issues at feeding time
Module 4: Normal Cat Behaviour
  • How cats’ behaviour develops as they grow
  • Feeding time rules
  • Sleeping and biological rhythms
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Maternal instincts
  • Aggression
Module 5: When Cat Behaviour Is Abnormal
  • Peculiarities of certain breeds
  • When play is not play
  • Moody & sensitive times
  • Differentiating instinct from conditioning
  • Differentiating between behavioural and health issues
Module 6: Cats Heightened Senses And Communication
  • Reading body language
  • Sense of smell
  • Sense of hearing
  • Distinctive cat sounds
  • What’s she trying to tell me?
Module 7: Cat Care And Health
  • Understanding aggression and how to deal with it
  • Scratching
  • House training
  • Excessive vocalisation
  • Discipline
  • Preventative health care
  • Responsible ownership
  • Effects of ageing
Module 8: Specific Information On Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
  • Different breeds
  • Common problems and diseases
  • Providing an adequate living environment
  • Exercise
  • Usual care needed
Module 9: Specific Information On Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice & Exotic Rats
  • Different breeds
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Common problems and diseases
  • Providing an adequate living environment
  • Usual care needed
Module 10: Specific Information On Birds
  • General tips on caring for birds
  • Small birds
  • Larger birds & birds of prey
  • Poultry
  • The parrot family
  • Recognising common diseases and preventing spread
Module 11: Specific Information On Fish
  • How to care for fish
  • Tropical fish
  • Cold water fish
  • Marine fish
  • Recognising disease and what to do
Module 12: Specific Information On Reptiles
  • Challenges of keeping reptiles as pets
  • How to care for reptiles
  • Turtles, terrapins & tortoises
  • Snakes & lizards
  • Recognising disease and what to do

RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS

Step 1

Register

Follow the easy peasy enrollment process

Step 2

Study

Absorb and remember course content with our easy-to-follow, structured information and helpful illustrations. And yes - you can study anywhere, anytime, from any device

Step 3

Evaluations

Reinforce your learning with quizzes at the end of each module

Step 4

Certification

Once you’ve successfully completed your course and passed the exams, you’ll receive your certification. Congratulations on your amazing achievement!

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Deborah Shores

Deborah Shores, DVM, is an American Veterinarian and a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, minor in Chemistry, from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, USA.

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice.

As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Deborah Shores

Deborah Shores, DVM, is an American Veterinarian and a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, minor in Chemistry, from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, USA.

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice.

As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

Module 1: What Is Normal Behaviour For A Dog?
  • Socialization
  • Dogs and learning
  • Juniors and seniors
  • Habits – digging, chewing, and more!
Module 2: If Dogs Could Talk
  • Body language
  • Stances
  • Body language reference table
  • Smells and sniffing
  • Urine and feces
  • Vocal language
Module 3: A Dog's Eye View
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Scent marking
  • Elimination
  • Issues at feeding time
Module 4: Normal Cat Behaviour
  • How cats’ behaviour develops as they grow
  • Feeding time rules
  • Sleeping and biological rhythms
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Maternal instincts
  • Aggression
Module 5: When Cat Behaviour Is Abnormal
  • Peculiarities of certain breeds
  • When play is not play
  • Moody & sensitive times
  • Differentiating instinct from conditioning
  • Differentiating between behavioural and health issues
Module 6: Cats Heightened Senses And Communication
  • Reading body language
  • Sense of smell
  • Sense of hearing
  • Distinctive cat sounds
  • What’s she trying to tell me?
Module 7: Cat Care And Health
  • Understanding aggression and how to deal with it
  • Scratching
  • House training
  • Excessive vocalisation
  • Discipline
  • Preventative health care
  • Responsible ownership
  • Effects of ageing
Module 8: Specific Information On Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
  • Different breeds
  • Common problems and diseases
  • Providing an adequate living environment
  • Exercise
  • Usual care needed
Module 9: Specific Information On Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice & Exotic Rats
  • Different breeds
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Common problems and diseases
  • Providing an adequate living environment
  • Usual care needed
Module 10: Specific Information On Birds
  • General tips on caring for birds
  • Small birds
  • Larger birds & birds of prey
  • Poultry
  • The parrot family
  • Recognising common diseases and preventing spread
Module 11: Specific Information On Fish
  • How to care for fish
  • Tropical fish
  • Cold water fish
  • Marine fish
  • Recognising disease and what to do
Module 12: Specific Information On Reptiles
  • Challenges of keeping reptiles as pets
  • How to care for reptiles
  • Turtles, terrapins & tortoises
  • Snakes & lizards
  • Recognising disease and what to do

100% AUTHENTIC STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

I can’t begin to explain how great your courses are, but here goes. They are comprehensive, offer up-to-date skills and were very enjoyable. What a fantastic academic institution, the prices are fair and with many approaches to pricing, they really do offer excellent opportunities which are affordable. Brian MacGregor - United Kingdom

I’ve managed to do 2 courses so far in animal care, and animal behaviour & pet sitting. I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it. Easy to study and answer questions. I learnt much more than I thought I would. Storm Tyers - United Kingdom

I can’t begin to explain how great your courses are, but here goes. They are comprehensive, offer up-to-date skills and were very enjoyable. What a fantastic academic institution, the prices are fair and with many approaches to pricing, they really do offer excellent opportunities which are affordable. Brian MacGregor - United Kingdom

I’ve managed to do 2 courses so far in animal care, and animal behaviour & pet sitting. I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it. Easy to study and answer questions. I learnt much more than I thought I would. Storm Tyers - United Kingdom

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