Companion Animal Behaviour Certificate

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20 hours
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Course Summary

  • The Companion Animal Behaviour course focuses on the behaviour and psychology of dogs, cats and rabbits. The course is relevant for pet owners and those working in the dog, cat and rabbit care sector.
  • Over the past 3 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of companion animals being abandoned and surrendered to re-homing organisations. A major factor for this problem behaviour; it is also the most cited reason for re-homing failures.
  • Understanding how dogs, cats and rabbits think and learn is vital for anyone working with these 3 popular companion animals.

companion-animal-behaviourMany roles working with animals involve jobs with cats and dogs. Having an understanding of how dogs and cats think and learn is very helpful for hands-on work with these companion animals. This course also explores canine and feline body language and the differences between learning and thinking. As a part of this course, students will learn to understand things from a dog and cats point of view. This course is of use to anyone considering a career working with dogs and cats, as well as pet owners who want to gain knowledge about cat and dog behaviour and psychology. Having an understanding about this subject is helpful in preventing and dealing effectively with canine and feline behavioural problems; this being the most common reason for dogs and cats being given up by owners for adoption.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

Unit 1

Dog Psychology and Behaviour

Learning the basics of dog psychology will help you to understand things from a dogs point of view.

This unit will give you an understanding of how dogs think and learn and also includes information about canine body language and behavioural signs of emotions.

The module includes information about the principles of behaviour and how body language is linked to canine behaviour and emotional state.

Unit 2

Feline Psychology and Behaviour

Learn how to identify the differences between learning and thinking in terms of feline psychology.

Explore the relationship to modern domesticated cats in terms of species specific behaviour.

Gain an understanding of the processes related to the nervous system and relevance to feline behaviour in terms of thinking and learning.

Learn how physiological systems contribute toward social learning, conditioning & response.

Explore the differences between learning & thinking.

This unit also explores the social history of the domesticated cat.

Unit 3

Rabbit Psychology and Behaviour

This unitexplores the natural behaviour of the rabbit and compares behavioural aspects of the wild and domestic rabbit with a view to welfare.

Rabbits are prey animals and hence much of their behaviour is directed toward self-preservation. The rabbit is a highly social animal and often live in large family groups within a burrow that consists of a network of tunnels and nesting/retreat hollows. In order to maintain normal behaviour and well being, all this needs to be given careful consideration when creating an environment in which companion rabbits are to be kept.

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