About

About the course

The better we understand our pets, the better our relationships with them. 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. 

Learning what’s normal and what’s unusual or undesirable behavior can really help you 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.

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.

Requirements

Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required. 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.

Lessons

Module 1: Domestication - How Pets Came In From The Cold
  • 1.1 Dog ancestry
  • 1.2 When dogs came in from the cold
  • 1.3 Dogs in agriculture
  • 1.4 Into our homes; into our hearts
  • 1.5 Breeding
  • 1.6 Pet therapy
  • 1.7 Anthropomorphism (transferring human emotions & motivations to pets)
  • 1.8 Choosing your pet
Module 2: Normal Dog Behavior - When Your Pet Is Being True To His Nature
  • 2.1 Socialization
  • 2.2 How intelligent are dogs?
  • 2.3 Juniors and Seniors - puppies and elderly dogs
  • 2.4 Habits - licking, digging, jumping, chewing, and more
Module 3: If Dogs Could Talk
  • 3.1 Body language
  • 3.2 Stances
  • 3.3 Body language reference table
  • 3.4 Smells
  • 3.5 Sniffing
  • 3.6 Urine and feces
  • 3.7 Translating vocal language
Module 4: Calm The Pack – Fear, Aggression And Anxiety
  • 4.1 Understanding fear in dogs
  • 4.2 Anxiety
  • 4.3 Aggression
Module 5: How Well Do You Know Me? The Colorful World Of Dogs’ Antics Explained
  • 5.1 Clever digging
  • 5.2 Carrying big sticks
  • 5.3 Tail tucking
  • 5.4 Tail chasing
  • 5.5 Circling
  • 5.6 Belly up - rolling over
  • 5.7 Muzzle grabbing
  • 5.8 Gift giving
  • 5.9 Responses to human gestures
Module 6: Lose Your Mind To Understand Your Dog’s
  • 6.1 Psychology behind scent marking
  • 6.2 Elimination
  • 6.3 Issues at feeding time
Module 7: What Is Normal Behavior For A Cat?
  • 7.1 Domestication of cats
  • 7.2 Lessons from kitten hood
  • 7.3 Sharing the love!
  • 7.4 How cats become social animals
  • 7.5 Feeding habits
  • 7.6 Retention of independence and feral instincts
  • 7.7 Ageing
  • 7.8 Exercising claws
  • 7.9 Lap trampling
  • 7.10 Burying feces
Module 8: A Cat’s The Only Cat Who Knows Where It’s At
  • 8.1 Kitties and litter trays
  • 8.2 Some of the top reasons cats do not use a litter tray
  • 8.3 Understanding cat body language
Module 9: When You’ve Had It With Your Cat – Psychiatric Challenges
  • 9.1 Catnaps
  • 9.2 Catnip
  • 9.4 Greeting
  • 9.3 Flehmening
  • 9.5 Bringing gifts
  • 9.6 Eating grass
  • 9.7 Removing food from bowl
  • 9.8 Mad dashing
  • 9.9 Burying food
  • 9.10 Do cats grieve?
Module 10: Cat On A Griddle
  • 10.1 Fearful cats
  • 10.2 Anxiety
  • 10.3 Aggression
Module 11: Understanding Rabbits
  • 11.1 Domestication of rabbits
  • 11.2 The rabbit as prey
  • 11.3 Rabbit body language
  • 11.4 Rabbit vocals
  • 11.5 The challenges of having a pet rabbit

    Career

    Who is this course for

    • Anyone who is curious about animal behavior.
    • Pet parents and professionals seeking creative solutions to behavioral issues.
    • Anyone who lives with or works with animals and wants to find better ways to communicate with them.
    • Animal lovers setting up or running their own business will impress would-be clients with this course as it shows they’re dedicated to animals and their welfare.

      Certification

      Certification details

      • Students complete each lesson in full, and answer exam questions at the end of each course module. If the pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you can download a PDF certificate of completion to recognize your achievement. 
      • The courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students of our commitment to high standards of online education. Students can apply for an ICOES certificate (for a fee) on completion of a course.
      • Courses are also recognized by the CPD, Continued Professional Development, body in the UK. CPD accredited courses count towards CPD hour records and certificates are available for a fee on request.

      Author

      Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

      Expertise: Health, Veterinary

      Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice. As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

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      About

      About the course

      The better we understand our pets, the better our relationships with them. 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. 

      Learning what’s normal and what’s unusual or undesirable behavior can really help you 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.

      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.

      Requirements

      Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required. 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.

      Lessons

      Module 1: Domestication - How Pets Came In From The Cold
      • 1.1 Dog ancestry
      • 1.2 When dogs came in from the cold
      • 1.3 Dogs in agriculture
      • 1.4 Into our homes; into our hearts
      • 1.5 Breeding
      • 1.6 Pet therapy
      • 1.7 Anthropomorphism (transferring human emotions & motivations to pets)
      • 1.8 Choosing your pet
      Module 2: Normal Dog Behavior - When Your Pet Is Being True To His Nature
      • 2.1 Socialization
      • 2.2 How intelligent are dogs?
      • 2.3 Juniors and Seniors - puppies and elderly dogs
      • 2.4 Habits - licking, digging, jumping, chewing, and more
      Module 3: If Dogs Could Talk
      • 3.1 Body language
      • 3.2 Stances
      • 3.3 Body language reference table
      • 3.4 Smells
      • 3.5 Sniffing
      • 3.6 Urine and feces
      • 3.7 Translating vocal language
      Module 4: Calm The Pack – Fear, Aggression And Anxiety
      • 4.1 Understanding fear in dogs
      • 4.2 Anxiety
      • 4.3 Aggression
      Module 5: How Well Do You Know Me? The Colorful World Of Dogs’ Antics Explained
      • 5.1 Clever digging
      • 5.2 Carrying big sticks
      • 5.3 Tail tucking
      • 5.4 Tail chasing
      • 5.5 Circling
      • 5.6 Belly up - rolling over
      • 5.7 Muzzle grabbing
      • 5.8 Gift giving
      • 5.9 Responses to human gestures
      Module 6: Lose Your Mind To Understand Your Dog’s
      • 6.1 Psychology behind scent marking
      • 6.2 Elimination
      • 6.3 Issues at feeding time
      Module 7: What Is Normal Behavior For A Cat?
      • 7.1 Domestication of cats
      • 7.2 Lessons from kitten hood
      • 7.3 Sharing the love!
      • 7.4 How cats become social animals
      • 7.5 Feeding habits
      • 7.6 Retention of independence and feral instincts
      • 7.7 Ageing
      • 7.8 Exercising claws
      • 7.9 Lap trampling
      • 7.10 Burying feces
      Module 8: A Cat’s The Only Cat Who Knows Where It’s At
      • 8.1 Kitties and litter trays
      • 8.2 Some of the top reasons cats do not use a litter tray
      • 8.3 Understanding cat body language
      Module 9: When You’ve Had It With Your Cat – Psychiatric Challenges
      • 9.1 Catnaps
      • 9.2 Catnip
      • 9.4 Greeting
      • 9.3 Flehmening
      • 9.5 Bringing gifts
      • 9.6 Eating grass
      • 9.7 Removing food from bowl
      • 9.8 Mad dashing
      • 9.9 Burying food
      • 9.10 Do cats grieve?
      Module 10: Cat On A Griddle
      • 10.1 Fearful cats
      • 10.2 Anxiety
      • 10.3 Aggression
      Module 11: Understanding Rabbits
      • 11.1 Domestication of rabbits
      • 11.2 The rabbit as prey
      • 11.3 Rabbit body language
      • 11.4 Rabbit vocals
      • 11.5 The challenges of having a pet rabbit

        Career

        Who is this course for

        • Anyone who is curious about animal behavior.
        • Pet parents and professionals seeking creative solutions to behavioral issues.
        • Anyone who lives with or works with animals and wants to find better ways to communicate with them.
        • Animal lovers setting up or running their own business will impress would-be clients with this course as it shows they’re dedicated to animals and their welfare.

          Certification

          Certification details

          • Students complete each lesson in full, and answer exam questions at the end of each course module. If the pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you can download a PDF certificate of completion to recognize your achievement. 
          • The courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students of our commitment to high standards of online education. Students can apply for an ICOES certificate (for a fee) on completion of a course.
          • Courses are also recognized by the CPD, Continued Professional Development, body in the UK. CPD accredited courses count towards CPD hour records and certificates are available for a fee on request.

          Author

          Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

          Expertise: Health, Veterinary

          Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice. As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

          17514 Students

          Guarantee

          Accredited

          Accredited