Animal Psychology - CPD Certified

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International Open Academy


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Offer ends 21 September 2019
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Online, self-paced
30 Hours
30 CPD points / hours

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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.

• Lifetime access – No time limits – Study at your own pace
• Internationally-recognized CPD accredited course
• Start learning straightaway from any laptop or mobile device in any country
• Immediate certificate download when you complete the course

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!

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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?

Course Syllabus:

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 Body language – tails, whiskers, eyes & 8.2 ears, posture
  • 8.3 Instinctive activity
  • 8.4 Cat calls
  • 8.5 Bringing you their catch
  • 8.6 Napping & playing
  • 8.7 Grooming

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.


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.

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

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