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Animal Handler Course
Basic companion animal psychology and body language
Learn to recognise and respond to the signs of stress in companion animals.
Learn about animal psychology, behaviour and body language.
Handling and Restraint
Learn how to handle, restrain and carry companion animals in an effective and humane way that minimises stress for the animal and risk of injury or bite for the carer.
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)
At some time in their life, all animals that are involved with humans will be handled and restrained. This animal handler course helps students gain a basis upon which to differentiate an animal’s natural actions when feeling mentally at ease and well, to those shown when they are feeling unwell and anxious. Unlike humans, other animals cannot articulate how they feel – rather like small children really. Nevertheless, animal can indicate a state of health or ill health through behaviour, and animal carers need to learn what these indications are.
The course enables students to be able to identify what to expect from an animal when they are healthy and at ease and, what to expect when they are feeling unwell or ill at ease. A stressed animal is an unpredictable animal in some ways although species-typical behaviours can be expected from the dog and the cat when they experience something unpleasant or different. Normally, handling does not present too many issues when we consider a companion dog, cat, or small animal such as a rabbit. However, when an animal is distressed for some reason, correct handling and restraint is vital to reduce distress and prevent harm to the handler.
An animal that is clearly in distress requires careful, sensitive and intelligent handling. Even if the animal appears not to be in distress, the motion of trying to handle them may very well cause distress and at the least, anxiety and this course teaches students how to minimise this for the animals in their care.