Pet Psychology Level 2 Diploma

Pet Psychology Level 2 Diploma
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Lead the way and take control of your pets, and the animals you work with, by signing up to this fantastic diploma, which will help you to understand pet psychology and behaviour. Behavioural psychology is an incredibly popular avenue to follow if have a passion for animals, with the demand for professionals showing no signs of stopping. For the majority of people, the family pet is like an extra child, and if there are behavioural issues, these need to be addressed! That is where the experts come in.

Easily Manageable Modules

Our pet psychology course is easy to navigate, and thanks to the online delivery, it can be picked up, and put down, whenever you have time to spare. The 25 modules that make up the course should take no more than 13 hours in total to complete, depending on your individual learning style and any existing commitments you need to juggle. Managing this course should be a walk in the park, even if you already have a busy lifestyle.

Paws For Thought

If you have a desire to work in with pets and their owners, and believe you have what it takes to help control erratic behaviour, this course would be a perfect base on which to further your knowledge. Training an animal can be a difficult task, but with the expertise of a pet psychologist, even the most difficult animals can be taught to relax, trust and love.

Key Learning Points

This course would be perfect for anyone who has a love for animals, and would like to expand their knowledge to include pet psychology and behavioural management. It would be particularly well suited to individuals who work with animals regularly.

  • Learn more about the definition of animal psychology, the history behind pet psychology and how it can be used today to the benefit of animal owners.
  • Understand the differences that exist in the vision of animals, and the effects that these abilities can have on animal behaviours.
  • Learn more about concept formation, and how it can be used effectively.
  • Take a look at the brains of humans, cats and dogs, and the differences that exist between them.
  • Learn how to handle the emotions exhibited by pets, and what these emotions are.
  • Understand more about spatial abilities of pets, as well as pet communication and animal training.
  • Take a look at the history of animal conditioning, including the experiments that were conducted to demonstrate the effects of conditioning.
  • Recognise some of the typical behaviours exhibited by dogs, and how these can change as they get older. Appreciate the importance of reinforcement when it comes to training dogs.
  • Gain further insight into cat and dog communication, as well as psychiatric behaviours and challenges that you may encounter, such as cat anxiety.
  • Delve into aggression and fears in rabbits, and learn more about the behaviours shown by gerbils and hamsters.

Advantages of this course

  • Study online, at times that are convenient to you – courseware is available 24/7 so there’s no need to worry about your existing work and home commitments.
  • Online support is available, should you need it.
  • No entry requirements – anyone can sign up!
  • Multiple choice test to mark course completion, comprising of 30 questions, can be completed online at a time that suits you. Course complete certificate can be downloaded and printed immediately.
  • Boost your CV and take the next step towards your career goals.

Chase your career goals, or learn to understand your own pets better, by signing up to this fascinating pet psychology course, today!

This course is CPD certified. 

A Course on Pet Psychology
  • What is animal psychology?
  • A quick word on evolution
  • Historical background of animal psychology
  • Instinct
Why Learn About Animal Behaviour?
  • A generalised reason for learning animal behaviour
  • Six in-depth reasons to learn about animal behaviour
  • You will discover the possibility of re-domesticating animals
  • Is pet fashion really appropriate?
How Animals See the World/Animal Vision
  • Is all animal vision the same?
  • Seeing colours
  • Seeing by feeling
  • Night vision
Concept Formation
  • The definition of concept formation
  • Types of concept learning
  • What analogical reasoning means
  • How concept formation is important to pets and your interaction
About Animals’ Brains
  • New research shows science has just begun to understand the animal brain
  • New tests designed for the animal help reveal their intelligence
  • Comparing the human brain to other animals
  • The dog and cat brain
Basic Emotional and Motivational Processes and Social Emotions
  • The history of emotional studies
  • Oatley and Jenkins functional theory
  • Cognitive bias test
  • Basic emotions exhibited
  • The definition of classical conditioning
  • Defining operant conditioning
  • The history of Pavlov's Dogs
  • B.F. Skinner's conditioning experiments
Spatial Reasoning
  • Examples of spatial abilities in animals
  • How animals navigate
  • Scientific cognitive nomenclature
  • Honing spatial abilities in pets
Language and Animals
  • An overview of language and animals, with an experiment
  • The types of communication
  • The ability to speak
  • Training the human language
History of Animal Training
  • The start of animal training
  • ABE's work based on Skinner's Models
  • Military Animal Training
  • History of Dog Training
Typical Dog Behaviour
  • Socialisation
  • How dogs change with age
  • Understanding puppy behaviour
  • Feeding time
How Dogs Learn
  • The difference in human and dog learning styles
  • Operant conditioning methods
  • Reinforcement of behaviour
  • Natural reinforcement
Understanding Dog Communication
  • How smell is one of the most important senses that your dog has
  • Why sound is not only about the barking that your dog is doing
  • The body language in your dog is extremely important to their communication
  • How a dog communicates through taste and touch
Learning about Dog Actions
  • See why dogs chase their tales
  • Why dogs roll
  • Human to dog communication
  • About tail movements
Dog Fears and Phobias & Aggression
  • Definition of fear and anxiety
  • The causes of fear
  • The onset of fears and phobias
  • Ten most common fears
Training Dogs: More on How Dogs Learn
  • About house training your dog
  • Teaching commands
  • Four words to live by
  • How your dog reads body language
Biobehavioural Monitoring in Dogs
  • The definition of biobehaviour
  • What is monitoring?
  • How it applies to dogs
  • Why is biobehavioural monitoring in dogs so important?
Understanding Typical Canine Psychiatric Behaviours
  • Why dogs mark in inappropriate places
  • The reason dogs may urinate when excited or submissive
  • Urination as a result of loud noises
  • The why behind soiling your home
Learning About Cat Communication
  • How cats communicate with scents
  • Cat talk and what it means
  • Cat body language
  • How a cat uses touch and taste to communicate
What Feline Actions Mean
  • Eating Rituals
  • Early Lessons for Kittens
  • How Older Cats Change
  • Kneading
Feline Actions
  • About catnip and presents
  • About belly up and halloween cat
  • About grooming
  • About catnaps
Feline Psychiatric Challenges
  • The ins and outs of litter trays
  • Why cats soil other places
  • How to deal with litter challenges
  • About jumping up
Cat Anxiety, Fear and Aggression
  • What separation anxiety is
  • Why cats fear thunderstorms
  • About outdoor phobias
  • About eating disorders
Understanding Rabbits and Rabbit Psychology
  • Building a relationship with your rabbit
  • Common misconstrued behaviour
  • Rabbit Elimination
  • The Chew
Understanding Hamsters and Gerbils
  • Types of Hamsters and Gerbils
  • Comparison to other Rodents
  • About hamster talk
  • About gerbil talk
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 8
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad