Animal Behavior School

The study of animal behavior is advantageous for anyone wishing to work with animals. You can better care for a pets if you understanding how they thinks, and learn how to read their body language.

Every program at The Academy of Pet Careers includes animal behavior curriculum. Learning how to assess fear and stress in pets can give any pet professional an advantage. Even more so if they can learn how to modify fear-induced behaviors.

Check out our animal behavior programs below and learn how you can better understand dog psychology.

Animal Behavior

Why study Dog Psychology?

Human-Pet Bond

First of all, pets have adapted through domestication to better speak our language, but humans have made little effort to understand how pets communicate. By learning canine body language, you can communicate on a level that very few pet professionals can.

Behavior Modification

Once you can assess and diagnose symptoms of fear, you can work to desensitize and counter condition the fear. Every pet professional, from dog groomers to veterinary assistants, deals with fear every day. As a result, by understanding dog psychology you can better serve the pets in your care.

Environmental Stimuli

Finally, Sometimes the simplest thing we can do to reduce fear in pets is change the environment. By understanding dog psychology, we can better adapt our environment to be more pleasing to our four-legged friends. Even more, pet care businesses can make simple changes to maximize comfort for their patients.

Animal Behavior Programs

Behavior Management In The Workplace

16 Days
  • Reading Canine and Feline Body Language
  • Learning Theory
  • Assessing Fear and Anxiety
  • Practical Behavior Management Skills
  • Hands-On Practice In Real Work Environment

Behavior Management Seminar

2-Day Seminar
  • Reading Canine and Feline Body Language
  • Learning Theory
  • Assessing Fear and Anxiety
  • Practical Behavior Management Skills

Study Abroad: Street Dogs of Mexico

7 Days
  • Basic Canine Body Language
  • Environmental Factors That Affect Behavior
  • Mexican Street Dog Culture
  • Local Charity Work

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Who Can Benefit From Applied Animal Behavior?

Every pet professional can benefit from understanding animal psychology. Furthermore, those who take the time to understand learning theory, can help develop healthy, confident pets. As a result, the following pet professionals are at the top of the list for people who need this knowledge:

  • Dog Rescue Volunteers
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technicians
  • Veterinary Assistants
  • Dog Trainers
  • Dog Groomers and Bathers
  • Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers
  • Pet Care Technicians

The Pet Empowerment Pledge

Pet Empowerment focuses on the enrichment of animals in order to promote a healthier human-pet bond. Empowered Pets are confident, independent, and have the ability to make their own choices.

Practicing Pet Empowerment means understanding the desires and motivations of your pet. For a human and their pet to live an empowered lifestyle, both must work to improve communication and strive to seek a balance between the needs of the human and the needs of the pet.

Click here to learn how you can make the pledge!

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Animal Behavior Topics/News

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals By Turid Rugaas

December 18, 2018

Book Summary Turid Rugaas does an excellent job in explaining the many subtle signals that dogs use to communicate when they are uncomfortable in social situations. These are referred to as calming signals. While she acknowledges that we don’t know if such signals are given with direct intent to communicate or if they are simply…

Empowerment Training By James O’heare

November 21, 2018

Understanding Empowerment, Training For It, And Rehabilitating Disempowerment Book Summary Mr. O’Heare does a nice job of summarizing basic learning theory as understood by behaviorism and applied behavior analysis. He also provides details of the evolution of behavior modification techniques. He covers past methodology when the focus was on using aversive stimuli and punishment to…

Don’t Punish Wanted Behavior

November 20, 2018

Reading the title of this blog, you might be wondering who on earth would punish their dog for doing a behavior they want. But the truth is that many of us do this without even realizing it. For example, you catch your dog digging through the trash and call him to you. He stops digging…