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The better we understand our pets, the better our relationships with them. By delving into the psychology behind their behavior, reactions and natural instincts you can ensure both your environment and your pet’s is harmonious and happy. 

Learning what’s normal and what’s behind unusual or undesirable behavior really helps to get to grips with it. In this course, you’ll also discover how to treat habits and reactions that are not good for your pet or for you.

    Once you understand what’s normal for an animal and why pets behave as they do, you’ll find it easier to find a solution. It is possible to resolve or vastly reduce the most disruptive behavior. Don’t waste another day with an unhappy pet situation – start this course today and get back to that warm, fuzzy in-love-with-my-pet feeling.

      Requirements

      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.

      Lessons

      Module 1: Domestication - How Pets Came In From The Cold

      • History to human engagement with pets
      • Breeding
      • Anthropomorphism (transferring human emotions & expectations to pets)
      • Choosing your pet

      Module 2: Normal Dog Behavior - When Your Pet Is Being True To His Nature

      • Socialization
      • How older dogs change
      • Understanding puppy behavior
      • Feeding time
      • Habits like licking, digging & jumping

      Module 3: If Dogs Could Talk

      • Dogs’ body language
      • How they greet humans and other dogs
      • How to recognize what signals play
      • Different types of aggressive behavior
      • The hidden language in dogs’ smells/urine/feces/sniffing
      • Translating vocal language

      Module 4: Calm The Pack – Fear, Aggression And Anxiety

      • Aggression: territorial, protective, predatory, sexual, fearful and more
      • Anxiety due to separation
      • Fear

      Module 5: How Well Do You Know Me? The Colorful World Of Dogs’ Antics Explained

      • Rolling over and rolling in poo!
      • How dogs feel about your stroking, patting,
      • Tummy tickles & ear scratching
      • Circling and chasing tail
      • Tail between legs
      • Muzzle grabbing
      • Eating grass

      Module 6: Lose Your Mind To Understand Your Dog’s

      • Marking in inappropriate places
      • Urination due to excitement and submission
      • Unusual levels of barking
      • Soiling your home

      Module 7: What Is Normal Behavior For A Cat?

      • Eating rituals - how and why they differ from dogs
      • Important early lessons for kittens
      • Understanding how older cats change
      • Kneading
      • Burying feces

      Module 8: A Cat’s The Only Cat Who Knows Where It’s At

      • Kitties and litter trays
      • Some of the top reasons cats do not use a litter tray
      • Understanding cat body language

      Module 9: When You’ve Had It With Your Cat – Psychiatric Challenges

      • The ins and outs of litter trays - what works and doesn’t
      • Why they soil where you don’t want them to
      • How to deal with challenges
      • Jumping up
      • Shouting

      Module 10: Cat On A Griddle

      • Likely reasons for aggression and how to recognize different kinds
      • Desensitizing
      • Separation anxiety
      • The impact of environmental stress

      Module 11: Understanding Rabbits

      • Body language
      • Rabbit noises
      • Normal behavior and what signals a problem
      • Chewing
      • Marking

      Career

      Who is this course for?

      • Anyone who is curious about animal behavior
      • Pet parents and professionals seeking creative solutions to behavioral issues
      • Anyone who lives with or works with animals and wants to find better ways to communicate with them
      • Animal lovers setting up or running their own business will impress would-be clients with this course as it shows they’re dedicated to animals and their welfare

        Certification

        You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

        Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

        All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

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        About

        The better we understand our pets, the better our relationships with them. By delving into the psychology behind their behavior, reactions and natural instincts you can ensure both your environment and your pet’s is harmonious and happy. 

        Learning what’s normal and what’s behind unusual or undesirable behavior really helps to get to grips with it. In this course, you’ll also discover how to treat habits and reactions that are not good for your pet or for you.

          Once you understand what’s normal for an animal and why pets behave as they do, you’ll find it easier to find a solution. It is possible to resolve or vastly reduce the most disruptive behavior. Don’t waste another day with an unhappy pet situation – start this course today and get back to that warm, fuzzy in-love-with-my-pet feeling.

            Requirements

            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.

            Lessons

            Module 1: Domestication - How Pets Came In From The Cold

            • History to human engagement with pets
            • Breeding
            • Anthropomorphism (transferring human emotions & expectations to pets)
            • Choosing your pet

            Module 2: Normal Dog Behavior - When Your Pet Is Being True To His Nature

            • Socialization
            • How older dogs change
            • Understanding puppy behavior
            • Feeding time
            • Habits like licking, digging & jumping

            Module 3: If Dogs Could Talk

            • Dogs’ body language
            • How they greet humans and other dogs
            • How to recognize what signals play
            • Different types of aggressive behavior
            • The hidden language in dogs’ smells/urine/feces/sniffing
            • Translating vocal language

            Module 4: Calm The Pack – Fear, Aggression And Anxiety

            • Aggression: territorial, protective, predatory, sexual, fearful and more
            • Anxiety due to separation
            • Fear

            Module 5: How Well Do You Know Me? The Colorful World Of Dogs’ Antics Explained

            • Rolling over and rolling in poo!
            • How dogs feel about your stroking, patting,
            • Tummy tickles & ear scratching
            • Circling and chasing tail
            • Tail between legs
            • Muzzle grabbing
            • Eating grass

            Module 6: Lose Your Mind To Understand Your Dog’s

            • Marking in inappropriate places
            • Urination due to excitement and submission
            • Unusual levels of barking
            • Soiling your home

            Module 7: What Is Normal Behavior For A Cat?

            • Eating rituals - how and why they differ from dogs
            • Important early lessons for kittens
            • Understanding how older cats change
            • Kneading
            • Burying feces

            Module 8: A Cat’s The Only Cat Who Knows Where It’s At

            • Kitties and litter trays
            • Some of the top reasons cats do not use a litter tray
            • Understanding cat body language

            Module 9: When You’ve Had It With Your Cat – Psychiatric Challenges

            • The ins and outs of litter trays - what works and doesn’t
            • Why they soil where you don’t want them to
            • How to deal with challenges
            • Jumping up
            • Shouting

            Module 10: Cat On A Griddle

            • Likely reasons for aggression and how to recognize different kinds
            • Desensitizing
            • Separation anxiety
            • The impact of environmental stress

            Module 11: Understanding Rabbits

            • Body language
            • Rabbit noises
            • Normal behavior and what signals a problem
            • Chewing
            • Marking

            Career

            Who is this course for?

            • Anyone who is curious about animal behavior
            • Pet parents and professionals seeking creative solutions to behavioral issues
            • Anyone who lives with or works with animals and wants to find better ways to communicate with them
            • Animal lovers setting up or running their own business will impress would-be clients with this course as it shows they’re dedicated to animals and their welfare

              Certification

              You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

              Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

              All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

              9918 Students

              Guarantee

              Accredited

              Accredited