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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 Behaviour - When Your Pet Is Being True To His Nature

      • Socialization
      • How older dogs change
      • Understanding puppy behaviour
      • 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 behaviour
      • The hidden language in dogs’ smells/urine/faeces/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 Colourful 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 Behaviour For A Cat?

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

      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 behaviour and what signals a problem
      • Chewing
      • Marking

      Career

      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 medicine or animal care
      • Those interested in owning animals, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.
      • Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion 

      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 Behaviour - When Your Pet Is Being True To His Nature

          • Socialization
          • How older dogs change
          • Understanding puppy behaviour
          • 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 behaviour
          • The hidden language in dogs’ smells/urine/faeces/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 Colourful 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 Behaviour For A Cat?

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

          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 behaviour and what signals a problem
          • Chewing
          • Marking

          Career

          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 medicine or animal care
          • Those interested in owning animals, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.
          • Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion 

          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.

          8919 Students

          Guarantee

          Accredited

          Accredited