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Top 5 Online Courses for Dog Lovers

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

The Truth About Cats and Dogs is a free online course offered by the University of Edinburg in the United Kingdom. The class is ideal for pet owners, animal care professionals and anyone else who wants to learn more about pets. Students complete a series of five modules: The Appliance of Science; Ethology; Sense and Sensibility; Living With Humans; and Can We Do Better? Improving Pet Quality of Life. Each module includes a series of online video lectures and culminates in a quiz. The course is 5 weeks long with one module covered each week for a total of 15 hours of material.

Dog Emotion and Cognition

Dog Emotion and Cognition is a free online science course offered by Duke University in the United States. The class is geared toward dog owners as well as individuals who currently are employed or plan to work in dog grooming, dog training, dog handling or pet care. The eight-week course consists of seven modules: Introduction; The Paradox of a Best Friend That Evolved From Our Worst Enemy; How Biology Studies Cognitive Evolution; Dogs Are Cognitively Remarkable; Evolutionary Accidents and Survival of the Friendliest; Problems That Dogs Can and Cannot Solve; and Finding Your Dog’s Genius. Students complete one module each week. During the eighth and final week of the class, students take a final exam.

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Animal Behaviour and Welfare is a free online science course offered by Edinburgh University in the United Kingdom. The class can be beneficial for anyone who wishes to learn more about animal behaviour, including pet owners, dog groomers, pet sitters, dog walkers and dog handlers. During the seven-week course, students work through the following video lecture modules: Introduction to the Course; What is Animal Welfare and Why Does it Matter?; What We Can Measure We Can Manage; The Truth About Dogs and Cats; Down on the Farm; Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!; and Welfare Conundrums. Each modules takes one to three hours to complete.

Pet First Aid

Pet First Aid is an online course offered by John Academy. The course teaches pet owners, dog walkers, pet care workers, pet sitters and dog groomers how to administer first aid to care for animals who are injured or sick. Students who successfully complete the course can receive an Accredited Certificate of Achievement by paying a fee. Some of the topics covered during the two hours and 30 minutes of online video instruction include Collapse & Unconsciousness; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; Shock; Bleeding; Bandaging; Fractures; Seizures; Chocking & Drowning; Heat Stroke & Hypothermia; Burns & Scalds; Poisoning; Managing a First Aid Scenario; and Pet First Aid Kids.

Diploma in Animal Psychology

Diploma in Animal Psychology is an online program offered by John Academy. The course costs $324.70 and includes two hours and 23 minutes of video instruction plus two quizzes. Students who successfully pass both tests will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. While anyone aged 16 and older with an interest in animals is invited to enroll, the class can be especially beneficial for pet owners, pet care professionals and prospective animal behaviorists.