Companion Animal Behaviour Certificate

CPD 20
Estimated Study Time 20 hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge

Course fees £149

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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 explores how dogs think and learn and also includes information about canine body language and behavioural signs of emotions. Study 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 unit explores 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 living in large family groups within a burrow that consists of a network of tunnels and nesting/retreat hollows. To maintain normal behaviour and well being, all this needs to be given careful consideration when creating a suitable and stress-free environment for companion rabbits.

Companion Animal Behaviour Course

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 or volunteering 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 rehoming organisations. A significant factor for this is problem behaviour; it is also the most cited reason for rehoming failures.

Understanding how dogs, cats and rabbits think and learn is therefore vital for anyone working with these 3 popular companion animals.

Companion Animal Behaviour

Having an understanding of how dogs, cats and rabbits think and learn is beneficial for hands on work with these companion animals. This course 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 relevant for anyone considering a career working with companion animals, as well as pet owners who want to gain knowledge about cat, rabbit and dog behaviour and psychology. An understanding of this subject is helpful in preventing and dealing effectively with behavioural problems. Behavioural problems is the most common reason for dogs, rabbits and cats being given up by owners for adoption.

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