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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
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    About the course

    The better we understand our pets, the better our relationships with them. How dogs, cats, and rabbits experience the world is quite different from humans. 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. It helps you relate to each other with complete understanding and have a bond that’s full of warmth and joy.

    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, like:

    • How to choose and locate a litter tray your kitty is happy to use.
    • What to do if your dog growls to guard his food bowl.
    • Recognizing boredom and what you can do to help
    • How to stop a dog jumping up on people
    • Reducing separation anxiety in pets
    • Tricks to reduce a fearful, habitual reaction to stimuli

    Would you like to train your pet not to …

    • Mark his territory?
    • Chew furniture?
    • Knock over children?
    • Whine?
    • Frighten the postman?
    • Bite?

    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.

    We love our pets!

    What you will learn

    This pet psychology course answers questions like:

    • How do I train my pet not to urinate in inappropriate places?
    • Why does my dog bury his food?
    • What does it mean when my cat shouts?
    • How can I stop incessant barking?
    • Why does my dog attack certain breeds and not others?
    • Is it normal for a cat to groom itself all day?
    • Why does my dog roll in disgusting fox poo?
    • How can I reassure my anxious rabbit?
    • What does it mean when a dog eats grass?


    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.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Domestication - How Pets Came In From The Cold
    • 1.1 History to human engagement with pets
    • 1.2 Breeding
    • 1.3 Anthropomorphism (transferring human emotions & expectations to pets)
    • 1.4 Choosing your pet
    Module 2: Normal Dog Behaviour - When Your Pet Is Being True To His Nature
    • 2.1 Socialisation
    • 2.2 How older dogs change
    • 2.3 Understanding puppy behaviour
    • 2.4 Feeding time
    • 2.5 Habits like licking, digging & jumping
    Module 3: If Dogs Could Talk
    • 3.1 Dogs’ body language
    • 3.2 How they greet humans and other dogs
    • 3.3 How to recognise what signals play
    • 3.4 Different types of aggressive behaviour
    • 3.5 The hidden language in dogs’ smells/urine/faeces/sniffing
    • 3.6 Translating vocal language
    Module 4: Calm The Pack – Fear, Aggression And Anxiety
    • 4.1 Aggression: territorial, protective, predatory, sexual, fearful and more
    • 4.2 Anxiety due to separation
    • 4.3 Fear
    Module 5: How Well Do You Know Me? The Colourful World Of Dogs’ Antics Explained
    • 5.1 Rolling over and rolling in poo!
    • 5.2 How dogs feel about your stroking, patting,
    • 5.3 tummy tickles & ear scratching
    • 5.4 Circling and chasing tail
    • 5.5 Tail between legs
    • 5.6 Muzzle grabbing
    • 5.7 Eating grass
    Module 6: Lose Your Mind To Understand Your Dog’s
    • 6.1 Marking in inappropriate places
    • 6.2 Urination due to excitement and submission
    • 6.3 Unusual levels of barking
    • 6.4 Soiling your home
    Module 7: What Is Normal Behaviour For A Cat?
    • 7.1 Eating rituals - how and why they differ from dogs
    • 7.2 Important early lessons for kittens
    • 7.3 Understanding how older cats change
    • 7.4 Kneading
    • 7.5 Burying faeces
    Module 8: A Cat’s The Only Cat Who Knows Where It’s At
    • 8.1 Kitties and litter trays
    • 8.2 Some of the top reasons cats do not use a litter tray
    • 8.3 Understanding cat body language
    Module 9: When You’ve Had It With Your Cat – Psychiatric Challenges
    • 9.1 The ins and outs of litter trays - what works and doesn’t
    • 9.2 Why they soil where you don’t want them to
    • 9.3 How to deal with challenges
    • 9.4 Jumping up
    • 9.5 Shouting
    Module 10: Cat On A Griddle
    • 10.1 Likely reasons for aggression and how to recognise different kinds
    • 10.2 Desensitising
    • 10.3 Separation anxiety
    • 10.4 The impact of environmental stress
    Module 11: Understanding Rabbits
    • 11.1 Body language
    • 11.2 Rabbit noises
    • 11.3 Normal behaviour and what signals a problem
    • 11.4 Chewing
    • 11.5 Marking


    Who is this course for

    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. 

    Career path

    Candidates with an interest in working with animals

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

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

    Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion




    Certification details

    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