Canine Behavior

by Roger Abrantes

CanineBehaviorCourse

Course Description

Canine Behavior studies dog behavior in the natural and human environment, reviewing the behavior of the domestic dog, feral dogs, and the related species, wolves, dingos, African wild dogs, and jackals.

This course relies on facts and knowledge acquired through scientific studies. It will dispel many misconceptions and unfounded, common sayings. It is not a dog training course—it is a dog behavior course. Since training implies modifying an animal’s behavior, it is essential to first understand its natural behavior before beginning to change it. Therefore, we recommend you take this course before any other concerned with behavior modification. 

  • Lesson 1: The Origin and Evolution of the Dog,” “Surviving Strategies,” and “Wolf-Dog Comparative Study”.
  • Lesson 2: “Social Behavior and Cooperation,” Parental Behavior,” “Play Behavior,” “Becoming Social,” “The Function of the Pack,” and “Pacifying Behavior.”
  • Lesson 3: “Competition” “Agonistic Behavior,” and “Dominant-Submissive Behavioral Strategies.”
  • Lesson 4: “Dog Language.”

Course Level

Beginner-Intermediate. This is an important course for all dog trainers. We have to understand the normal behavior of the dog before we can expect to be able to implement successfully any behavior modification technique. Dog training is full of myths and old wives’ tales bearing little or no resemblance to the reality that contributed to the evolution of canine behavior. This course will clarify it for you.

Course Textbook

The lessons in this course give you all the text you need to complete the quizzes, including the final one, and earn your certificate. The course textbook is supplementary. It gives you more details about some behaviors we do not cover in the course. Since the book appeared in 1997, the author has implemented many revisions and updates to the text. Therefore, whenever there is a discrepancy, go for the updated text in the regularly updated lessons.

 

“Dog Language—An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior”

by Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology.

 

Book contents

  • A review of dog language from A to Z.
  • The evolution of canine behavior.
  • Dog language.
  • Facial expressions.
  • Bodily postures.
  • Normal canine behavior.
  • Problem behavior.
  • Social behavior.
  • Agonistic behavior
  • Human–dog relationship.
    …and much more.

The book is not included in the course. You can purchase it by clicking one of the links below.

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Supplementary Literature

Although not mandatory, we recommend that you supplement your readings with:

Online Studying and Tutoring

Watch the movie(s) and read the book(s). Join the course forum where you can read our tutors’ answers to questions previously posed by your colleagues. If you have a new question, do not hesitate in posting it.

The course forum is solely for academic questions. For administrative matters or difficulties accessing the functionality of the site, please submit a ticket.

Once you’re ready for it, take the quizzes. You may take a quiz as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take quizzes once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

Anatomy and Physiology

by Alessandra Bourquin

Anatomy&PhysiologyCourse

Course Description

Anatomy and Physiology study the body plan and physical functions of animals. Behavior is closely associated with the anatomy and physiology of an animal. Each species has particular characteristics that define the way it enters the global struggle for survival.

Course Level

Beginner. This is a course anyone can take. It is informative and will help you to gain a deeper insight into the various aspects of animal behavior, its processes, and functions.

Course Textbook

“Anatomy and Physiology”

by Alessandra Bourquin (BSc in Biology and Postgraduate in ABT).

 

Book contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction.
  • Chapter 2 The skeletal system.
  • Chapter 3 The muscular system.
  • Chapter 4 The circulatory system.
  • Chapter 5 The respiratory system.
  • Chapter 6 The digestive system.
  • Chapter 7 The urinary system.
  • Chapter 8 The reproductive system.
  • Chapter 9 The integumentary system.
  • Chapter 10 The nervous system.
  • Chapter 11 The sensory system.
  • Chapter 12 The endocrine system.
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Online Studying and Tutoring

Watch the movie(s) and read the book(s). Join the course forum where you can read our tutors’ answers to questions previously posed by your colleagues. If you have a new question, do not hesitate in posting it.

The course forum is solely for academic questions. For administrative matters or difficulties accessing the functionality of the site, please submit a ticket.

Once you’re ready for it, take the quizzes. You may take a quiz as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take quizzes once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

EFR for Animals

by Alessandra Bourquin

EFRCourse

Course Description

EFR, Emergency First Response (or first aid), is the immediate care given to an animal that has been injured or is suddenly taken ill. The course covers the most important principles of EFR and taking it can be a lifesaver, should you one day need to help an injured animal.

Top 10 Common Dog Health Problems (and Solutions). Pet CPR: A Step-by-Step Guide for Dogs. How to take equine vital signs. What to do if your horse is colicing.
How to Tell if Your Cat is Healthy.

Course Level

Beginner. This is a course accessible to everyone and absolutely indispensable if you work with animals or you are a pet owner. Take this course now!

Course Textbook

“EFR for Animals”

by M. J. Cunha, DVM.

 

Book contents

  • What is EFR—Emergency First Response?
  • The ABC of EFR.
  • Common injuries.
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Online Studying and Tutoring

Watch the movie(s) and read the book(s). Join the course forum where you can read our tutors’ answers to questions previously posed by your colleagues. If you have a new question, do not hesitate in posting it.

The course forum is solely for academic questions. For administrative matters or difficulties accessing the functionality of the site, please submit a ticket.

Once you’re ready for it, take the quizzes. You may take a quiz as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take quizzes once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

Animal Welfare

by Anabela Pinto-Poulson

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Course Description

Animal welfare is a science with objective research approaches to understanding the needs of animals. Animal welfare deals with the interaction between science, ethics, and law. This is an easily accessible course that everyone can take—a must for everyone that works with animals.

Course Level

Beginner. This is an easily accessible course that everyone can take. A must for everyone that works with animals.

Course Textbook

“Animal Welfare”

by Dr. Anabela Pinto-Poulton, a fellow of the Wolfson College, Cambridge University, a leading authority on animal welfare (the latest 2021 update is edited by Dr. Roger Abrantes).

Book contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction.
  • Chapter 2 Perceptions of animal welfare.
  • Chapter 3 Assessing animal welfare.
  • Chapter 4 Behavior as an assessment tool of animal welfare.
  • Chapter 5 Causes of poor welfare.
  • Chapter 6 The welfare of dogs.
  • Chapter 7 The welfare of cats.
  • Chapter 8 The welfare of horses.
  • Chapter 9 Animal welfare and the law.

Please note that the entire contents of the textbook are included in the various lessons and spread over multiple sub-topics (tabs). You need not buy the book separately.

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Online Studying and Tutoring

Watch the movie(s) and read the book(s). Join the course forum where you can read our tutors’ answers to questions previously posed by your colleagues. If you have a new question, do not hesitate in posting it.

The course forum is solely for academic questions. For administrative matters or difficulties accessing the functionality of the site, please submit a ticket.

Once you’re ready for it, take the quizzes. You may take a quiz as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take quizzes once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

Warming you up for the Animal Welfare course

To warm you up for the Animal Welfare course, we leave you here with “Animal Welfare vs. Animal Rights” by Jessi Knudsen Castañeda. As a sort of training your ability to observe (watch and listen), and become a critical thinker, we invite you to comment and discuss the topic on the Ethology Institute Group* on Facebook.

*You have free access to the Ethology Institute Group page on Facebook.

The 20 Principles

by Roger Abrantes

20 Principles Course

Course Description

The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know is an online course, (also available as a seminar, workshop, book, and video). It explains clearly and concisely how we can train animals independently of species—dog, horse, cat, Guinea pig, marine mammal, etc.

The course has four lessons. The first three lessons consist of videos that you have to watch and study. In the fourth lesson, you read the textbook. You have a quiz for each lesson and the final quiz after lesson four. After having taken the final quiz, you earn a certificate from Ethology Institute.

As soon as you complete the quiz successfully, you will be able to print your certificate, show it to your friends, post it on Facebook or display it at your business.

Go for it and enjoy!

Course Level

Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced. This is a course for everybody.

Course Textbook

“The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know”

by Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology.

Animal training is a craft: half science and half art. This little book and course give you the most indispensable 20 principles with which you must be familiar to become a skilled animal trainer.

Book contents

  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know
  • 16 More Principles for the Advanced Trainer
  • Best practice
  • A plan of action (POA) in animal training
  • Example 1 of a POA with troubleshooting section
  • Example 2 of a POA in SMAF
  • References and further recommended reading
  • Links
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The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know — In Five Languages

When you enroll in this course, you get access to the book, which you can read online anytime you like. You will also get all future updates, automatically. The book is available in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.

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Supplementary Literature

Although not mandatory, we recommend that you supplement your readings with:

Online Studying and Tutoring

Watch the movie(s) and read the book(s). Join the course forum where you can read our tutors’ answers to questions previously posed by your colleagues. If you have a new question, do not hesitate in posting it.

The course forum is solely for academic questions. For administrative matters or difficulties accessing the functionality of the site, please submit a ticket.

Once you’re ready for it, take the quizzes. You may take a quiz as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take quizzes once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

Animal Training My Way

by Roger Abrantes

ATMWCourse

Course Description

Animal Training My Way (or Ethology and Behaviorism) explains and teaches you how to create a reliable relationship with any animal. This course analyses the way we interact with our animals, combines the best of ethology and behaviorism and comes up with an innovative, yet simple and efficient approach to communicate with an animal. It is a guide for creating harmonious, stable and balanced relationships.

Course Level

Beginner to advanced. This course is for everyone, independently of previously acquired knowledge or experience.

Course Textbook

“Animal Training My Way—The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism”

by Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology.

 

Book contents

Chapter 1 A pragmatic approach to animal training.
Chapter 2 Creating a relationship.
Chapter 3 The training toolbox.
Chapter 4 Training skills using ethology and behaviorism.
Chapter 5 Maintenance and reliability of behavior.
Chapter 6 Practical considerations.
Chapter 7 Elements of Ethology.
Chapter 8 A question of attitude.
Chapter 9 Brain and heart.

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Online Studying and Tutoring

Watch the movie(s) and read the book(s). Join the course forum where you can read our tutors’ answers to questions previously posed by your colleagues. If you have a new question, do not hesitate in posting it.

The course forum is solely for academic questions. For administrative matters or difficulties accessing the functionality of the site, please submit a ticket.

Once you’re ready for it, take the quizzes. You may take a quiz as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take quizzes once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

Evolution

by Roger Abrantes

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Course Description

Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations; evolutionary biology is the study of how evolution occurs. Behavior is as a tool in the struggle for survival and reproduction. Charles Darwin in his ‘The Origin Of Species By Means Of Natural Selection’ (1859) was the first who formulated the hypothesis that species evolved as a result of the struggle for life, i.e. as a result of natural selection, where the fittest had an advantage.

Course Level

Beginner. This course is an introduction to evolution and essential to the understanding of behavior, its development, and evolution.

Course Textbook

“Evolution—An Introduction”

by Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology.

 

For this course, you’ll get the text of the book especially edited as four lessons, each with a quiz.

 

Course content and structure

 

Lesson One:

  1. Evolution; history of the theory of evolution; the theory of Evolution by natural selection.
  2. Variation; adaptation.
  3. Sexual selection.

Lesson Two:

  1. The algorithm of natural selection; evolution has no goal.
  2. The evolution of the eye.
  3. Phyletic gradualism and punctuated equilibrium.

Lesson Three:

  1. Life.
  2. Animals and taxonomy.
  3. The origin of life.

Lesson Four:

  1. Species and speciation. Darwin on species and speciation.
  2. The evolution of humans.
  3. Natural selection.
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Supplementary Literature

Although not mandatory, we recommend that you supplement your readings with:

Online Studying and Tutoring

Watch the movie(s) and read the book(s). Join the course forum where you can read our tutors’ answers to questions previously posed by your colleagues. If you have a new question, do not hesitate in posting it.

The course forum is solely for academic questions. For administrative matters or difficulties accessing the functionality of the site, please submit a ticket.

Once you’re ready for it, take the quizzes. You may take a quiz as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take quizzes once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

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