CAAE

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The following are all the courses you have to take to earn your Certificate in Advanced Applied Ethology (CAAE) diploma. To read more about the single courses, click the link.

Buying the bundled courses saves you EUR 457. Upon completing all courses, you will have earned 457 redeeming points plus 60 points we give you as a graduation present (equalling EUR 517)  that you can claim (or gift a friend). That means that you start earning money as soon as you graduate.

You can also buy the CAAE in installments saving EUR 184. You’ll get two courses right away and then one each month for 24 months.

 

List of courses in the CAAE program

All in CPDT plus all in CACE and

Equine Behavior
One lesson: The behavior of the horse, its social behavior, senses, how it apprehends the world, and its ability to solve problems.
Main textbook: “The Nature of Horses” by Stephen Budiansky

Feline Behavior
Three lessons: the behavior of cats as well as the most common causes of problem behavior and how to solve them.
Main textbook: “Feline Behavior and Misbehavior” by R. Abrantes

Zoology
Two lessons: an introduction to Zoology, how to distinguish and classify animals, particularly mammals.
Main textbook: “Intro to Zoology” by A. Pinto-Poulton

Evolution and Ethology
Two lessons: this is a comprehensive and advanced course in evolution and ethology (graduate level).
Main textbook: “Animal Behaviour” by David McFarland

Learning and Behavior
Three lessons: a most comprehensive course reviewing the various forms animals learn and acquire new behavior (graduate level).
Main textbook: “Learning and Behavior” by Paul Chance

Critical Reasoning
Six lessons: logic and critical reasoning, how to evaluate statements and how to build sound arguments (graduate level).
Main textbook: “Think Out of the Box” by R. Abrantes

Equine Proficiency Verification
Practical work with horses supervised by a tutor

X-Practice Proficiency Verification
Practical work with a third species of your choice, other than dog and horse.

CACE

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The following are all the courses you have to take to earn your Certificate in Applied Canine Ethology (CACE) diploma. To read more about the single courses, click the link.

Buying the bundled courses saves you EUR 277. Upon completing all courses, you will have earned 277 redeeming points (equalling EUR 277)  that you can use to continue your education or to gift a friend.

You can also buy the CACE in installments saving EUR 148. You’ll get two courses right away and then one each month for 18 months.

 

List of courses in the CACE program

All courses from CPDT and

Ethology
Four lessons: Ethology—history and principles, genetics and behavior, evolutionary strategies, sexual behavior, instinct and learning, communication, social behavior, agonistic behavior, animal economics and intelligence, evolutionary perspectives.
Main textbook: “Ethology” by R. Abrantes

Animal Learning
Three lessons: Classical and operant conditioning. Learning. Signals. Discrimination, generalization, and stimulus control. Increasing and decreasing behavior. Reinforcement schedules. Advanced operant procedures. Plan of action.
Main textbook: “Animal Learning” by R. Abrantes

Applied Animal Learning
Three lessons: The Morphology and Syntax of SMAF. Examples of POA. Quick Guide to designing a POA in SMAF.
Main textbook: “SMAF” by R. Abrantes

Agonistic Behavior
Five lessons: Fearful, aggressive, dominant, and submissive behavior. Pacifying behavior.
Main textbook: “Agonistic Behavior” by R. Abrantes

Measuring Behavior
Four lessons: How to measure behavior, Methods of sampling animal behavior. Using Ethograms. Chi-squared.
Main textbook: “Measuring Behavior” by R. Abrantes

Canine Scent Detection
Three lessons: From the acquisition of indication behavior (alert) and acquisition of target scent to the final blind test.
Main textbook: “Canine Scent Detection—The Practical Manual” by R. Abrantes
Theory and Proficiency Verification

CPDT

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The following are all the courses you have to take to earn your Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) diploma. To read more about the single courses, click the link.

Buying the bundled courses saves you EUR 158. Upon completing all courses, you will have earned 158 redeeming points (equalling EUR 158)  that you can use to continue your education or to gift a friend.

You can also buy the CPDT in installments saving EUR 58. You’ll get two courses right away and then one each month for 12 months.

 

List of courses in the CPDT program

Evolution
Four lessons: variation, natural selection, evolution.
Main Textbook: “Evolution” by R. Abrantes

Ethology and Behaviorism
Four lessons: merging ethology and behaviorism, creating relationships, making training simple and efficient.
Main Textbook: “Animal Training My Way” by R. Abrantes

The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know
Four lessons: The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know plus 16 principles for the advanced trainer, planning a training session.
Main Textbook: “The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know” by R. Abrantes

Animal Welfare
Two lessons: The Five Freedoms and the Three R’s, welfare science, ethics, and law.
Main Textbook: “Animal Welfare” by A. Pinto-Poulton

EFR for Animals
Four lessons: Emergency first response for animals focusing on dogs, horses, and cats.
Main Textbook: “EFR for Animals” by M. J. Cunha

Anatomy and Physiology
Two lessons: the body plan and physical functions of anatomy and physiology.
Main Textbook: “Anatomy and Physiology” by A. Bourquin

Canine Behavior
Three lessons: the behavior of the domestic dogs and their wild relatives; dog language A-Z.
Main Textbook: “Dog Language” by R. Abrantes

All About Puppies
Five lessons: imprinting, socialization, the puppy’s arrival at the new home, stimulation, training.
Main Textbook: “All About Puppies” by R. Abrantes

Dogs and Children
Two lessons: how to create a good relationship between child and dog and how to prevent problems.
Main Textbook: “Dogs and Children” by R. Abrantes

Dogs Home Alone
Two lessons: A practical case and the CHAP prevention and cure program.
Main Textbook: “Dogs Home Alone” by R. Abrantes

Canine Problem Behavior
Three lessons: 10 facts about dogs—myth or truth? and 10 strange dog behaviors explained—debugging popular credence. Files from the EI Canine problem behavior cases.
Main Textbook: “Canine Problem Behavior” by R. Abrantes

Pedagogy
Four lessons: Motivation, active learning, teaching adults, creating better classes.
Main Textbook: “Pedagogy” by various authors

Canine Proficiency Verification
Practical work with dogs supervised by a tutor.

X Proficiency Verification

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Course Information

Proficiency Verification is a session where you demonstrate that you have the necessary practical proficiency in handling an animal. In the X Proficiency Verification, you work with an animal from a species other than dog or horse.

 

Theory and Practice Hand in Hand

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience to be a good animal trainer. Once you have read and understood the theory, you begin training your animal. Ideally, you should start all training first after having taken the first three courses, “Evolution,” “Ethology and Behaviorism” and “The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must know.” For this PV, you may need more courses depending on the species you choose. If you are an experienced trainer, you will probably take this proficiency verification without problems. It’s not a difficult proficiency verification per se, but note that we require simplicity, precision, and kindness. To combine all three—we know from experience—is what our students find the most challenging.

 

Science and Ethics

We base our approach to animal training on science applied with thoughtfulness. We require precision for it leads to the best results in the long term. Kindness and leniency (or sloppiness) are different matters. We promote and encourage the former, from ethical and scientific points of view, but not the latter. There are many ways to train any particular skill. You choose the one that best suits you and the animal you train, keeping in mind that whichever method you select, it must conform to sound science and deep respect for all living organisms.

 

Proficiency Verification Preparatory Course (PVPC)

If you are a beginner, you should maybe attend a PVPC, which we regularly organize in various locations. Watch the Forums page’s sidebar. If you follow a PVPC, your instructor can conduct and approve your proficiency verification, and we will add it to your curriculum.

 

Video proficiency verification (VPF)

If you have no opportunity to attend a PVPC, you may submit a VPF. Read the instructions to send your VPF in the guidelines for this course and lesson (see assessment).

The PV is a full one-on-one tutored course. You and your tutor keep in touch via our messaging system and Skype if necessary. You upload your video clips to our cloud for your tutor’s review and comment. Once your tutor is satisfied with your work, you will receive your approved check mark.

The X Proficiency Verification is individualized depending on the species you choose to train. Most students choose cats or Guinea Pigs. If you choose Guinea Pigs, you may be able to attend and complete your PV at one of our Guinea Pig Camps. Contact your tutor to decide on species and the set of skills you and your animal will have to demonstrate.

To Ponder

  • Kindness and leniency (or sloppiness) are different matters. We promote and encourage the former, from ethical and scientific points of view, but not the latter.
  • Our Proficiency Verifications require simplicity, precision, and kindness. To combine all three—we know from experience—is what our students find the most challenging.

Online Studying and Tutoring

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.

Keep in touch with your tutor via our messaging system (in Forums).

Equine Proficiency Verification

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Course Information

Proficiency Verification is a session where you demonstrate that you have the necessary practical proficiency in handling an animal.

 

Theory and Practice Hand in Hand

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience to be a good horse trainer. Once you have read and understood the theory, you begin training your horse. Ideally, you should start the training after having taken the first three courses, “Evolution,” “Ethology and Behaviorism” and “The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must know.” These books do not target horse training specifically, but the fundamental principles are the same for all species. If you are an experienced trainer, you will probably take this proficiency verification without problems and without too much preparation time. It’s not a difficult proficiency verification per se, but note that we require simplicity, precision, and kindness. To combine all three—we know from experience—is what our students find the most challenging.

 

Science and Ethics

We base our approach to animal training on science applied with thoughtfulness. We require precision for it leads to the best results in the long term. Kindness and leniency (or sloppiness) are different matters. We promote and encourage the former, from ethical and scientific points of view, but not the latter. There are many ways to train any particular skill. You choose the one that best suits you and the animal you train, keeping in mind that whichever method you select, it must conform to sound science and deep respect for all living organisms.

 

Proficiency Verification Preparatory Course (PVPC)

If you are a beginner, you should maybe attend a PVPC, which we regularly organize in various locations. Watch the Forums page’s sidebar. If you follow a PVPC, your instructor can conduct and approve your proficiency verification, and we will add it to your curriculum.

 

Video proficiency verification (VPF)

If you have no opportunity to attend a PVPC, you may submit a VPF. Read the instructions to send your VPF in the guidelines for this course and lesson.

The PV is a full one-on-one tutored course. You and your tutor keep in touch via our messaging system and Skype if necessary. You upload your video clips to our cloud for your tutor’s review and comment. Once your tutor is satisfied with your work, you will receive your approved check mark.

 

Equine Proficiency Verification Part One deals with the skills you and your horse must master on the ground; Part Two deals with riding where you demonstrate that you can professionally and comfortably handle the essential horse riding.

To Ponder

  • Kindness and leniency (or sloppiness) are different matters. We promote and encourage the former, from ethical and scientific points of view, but not the latter.
  • Our Proficiency Verifications require simplicity, precision, and kindness. To combine all three—we know from experience—is what our students find the most challenging.

Online Studying and Tutoring

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.

Keep in touch with your tutor via our messaging system (in Forums).

Learning and Behavior

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Course Description

Learning and Behavior is a most comprehensive course at graduate level reviewing the various forms animals learn and acquire new behavior. It is an essential course to understand behavior modification.

In lesson one, you’ll read Paul Chance’s “Learning and Behavior” that you’ll have to acquire separately. If you arrived at this course via our program path, you have completed CPDT and CACE. You are, now, an advanced student of behavioral sciences. Therefore, we leave it more up to you to plan how best to take this course. We recommend you read the textbook and takes notes. You will need your notes to complete the lesson quiz and to write your course assignment. Sort out the most fundamental from the least. It’s a big book. Enjoy your reading. Your knowledge will increase with each page you read.

In lesson two, you will also practice and demonstrate your behavior modification skills with Sniffy, the virtual rat. Using a CD-ROM and lab manual, you will get a hands-on experience in setting up and conducting experiments that prove the phenomena of classical and operant conditioning using Sniffy the digital rat.

If you have a question that you’d like answered, or you find a topic especially challenging, feel free to ask in the course forum. This is true for all students and most of all for the student who arrives at this course without having previously taken any of our courses. In the course forum, our tutors will guide you and will answer your questions. We want you to feel confident that you know your stuff once you have earned your certificate. In distance education, lacking the personal contact of traditional classes, it is essential for student and tutors to keep in touch using all the means they have at their disposal. Our course forums are by far the best option.

PS—If you arrive at this course without having taken any previous courses, we strongly recommend you take The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know and Animal Learning and then come back. These two courses are at the undergraduate level and easier than the current Learning and Behavior, which is at the graduate level.

Course Level

Advanced. This is a course at the graduate level.

Course Textbook

Learning and Behavior

by Paul Chance, Ph.D.

 

Book contents

Introduction Learning to Change

The Study of Learning and Behavior

Pavlovian Conditioning

Pavlovian Applications

Operant Learning Reinforcement

Reinforcement Beyond Habit

Schedules of Reinforcement

Operant Learning Punishment

Operant Applications

Observational Learning

Generalization Discrimination and Stimulus Control

Forgetting

The Limits of Learning

 

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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.

Evolution and Ethology

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Course Description

Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations; Ethology is the study of animal behavior in the natural environment. This is a comprehensive and advanced course in evolution and ethology. Behavior as a tool in the struggle for survival and reproduction. It was Charles Darwin in his ‘The Origin Of Species By Means Of Natural Selection’ (1859) who first 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.

In this course, you’ll read David McFarland’s “Animal Behaviour” that you’ll have to acquire separately. If you arrived at this course via our program path, you have completed CPDT and CACE. You are, now, an advanced student of behavioral sciences. Therefore, we leave it more up to you to plan how best to take this course. We recommend you read the textbook and takes notes. You will need your notes to complete the lesson quiz and to write your course assignment. Sort out the most fundamental from the least. It’s a big book. Enjoy your reading. Your knowledge will increase with each page you read.

If you have a question that you’d like answered, or you find a topic especially challenging, feel free to ask in the course forum. This is true for all students and most of all for the student who arrives at this course without having previously taken any of our courses. In the course forum, our tutors will guide you and will answer your questions. We want you to feel confident that you know your stuff once you have earned your certificate. In distance education, lacking the personal contact of traditional classes, it is essential for student and tutors to keep in touch using all the means they have at their disposal. Our course forums are by far the best option.

PS—If you arrive at this course without having taken any previous courses, we strongly recommend you take Evolution and Ethology and then come back. These two courses are at the undergraduate level and easier than the current Evolution and Ethology, which is at the graduate level.

Course Level

Advanced. This is a course at the graduate level.

Course Textbook

Animal Behaviour: Psychobiology, Ethology and Evolution

by David McFarland, Ph.D.

 

Book contents

1. Introduction to the Study of Behaviour.

I. THE EVOLUTION OF BEHAVIOUR.

2. Genetics and Behaviour: Genes and Chromosomes: Development of Behaviour: Behaviour Genetics.
3. Natural Selection: Natural Selection, Ecology and Behaviour: Survival Value and Fitness: The Evolution of Adaptive Strategies.
4. Evolution and Social Behaviour: Sexual and Social Behaviour: Behavioural Ecology: Primate Social Behaviour.

II. MECHANISMS OF BEHAVIOUR.

5. Animal Perception: Neural Control of Behaviour: Sensory Processes and Perception: Ecology of the Senses.
6. The Animal and the Environment: Coordination and Orientation: Homeostasis and Behaviour: Physiology and Behavioural in Changing Environments.
7. Animal Learning: Conditioning and Learning: Biological Aspects of Learning: Cognitive Aspects of Learning.

III. UNDERSTANDING COMPLEX BEHAVIOUR.

8. Ethology: Instinct and Learning: Ritualization and Communication: Human Behaviour.
9. Animal Competence: The Complex Behaviour of Honey-Bees: Animal Economics: Animal Robotics.
10. The Mentality of Animals: Language and Mental Representation: Intelligence, Tools Use and Culture: Animal Awareness and Emotion.

 

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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.

Zoology

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Course Description

Zoology is the branch of biology that studies the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct. This course is only an introduction to this vast subject-matter. Its goal is to give you a better understanding of the various species. It was Charles Darwin in his ‘The Origin Of Species By Means Of Natural Selection’ (1859) who first 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.

Both lessons consist of movies. The first one gives you a good review of how you classify animals. The second one reviews mammals. The textbook, “An Introduction to Zoology: Investigating the Animal World” provides you with an accessible and engaging look at the fundamentals of zoology. Sections at the end of each chapter discuss how the animals described in the chapter connect to us from an economic, ecologic, medical, and cultural perspective, emphasizing how the animal world and the human realm are intimately intertwined.

End-of-chapter questions challenge your ability to think critically, and they support the development of your science process skills (e.g., communication, formulating hypotheses, experimental design).

It’s a big book with material for many hours of study. You do not need to read it from one end to the other to pass the course quiz. Since this course belongs to the CAAE program with courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, we leave it up to you to plan your studies. Join the course forum and keep in touch with your tutors and peers.

Course Level

Intermediate/Advanced. This course is an introduction to zoology at the undergraduate level.

Course Textbook

“An Introduction to Zoology: Investigating the Animal World”

by Joseph T. Springer and Dennis Holley.

 

Book contents

Chapter  1  Zoology: Investigating the Animal World
Chapter  2  Ecology of Animals: Populations and Communities
Chapter  3  Ecology of Animals: Ecosystems and Biomes
Chapter  4  The Animal Body: Matters of Form and Behavior
Chapter  5  Phylogeny and Taxonomy: Questions of Origins and Organization
Chapter  6  Phylum Porifera: Exploring Sponges
Chapter  7  Phylum Cnidaria and Phylum Ctenophora: A Radial Existence
Chapter  8  Phylum Platyhelminthes and Phylum Nemertea: The Acoelomate Body Plan
Chapter  9  Pseudocoelomates: The Rise of Hollowness
Chapter  10  Phylum Annelida: Masters of Coeloms and Segments
Chapter  11  Phylum Mollusca: A Scheme of Shells and Tentacles
Chapter  12  Phylum Arthropoda: Sovereigns of the Terran Empire
Chapter  13  Phylum Echinodermata: Bizarre Benthic Beings
Chapter  14  Phylum Hemichordata and Phylum Chordata: The Backbone Arises
Chapter  15  Fishes: Monarchs of an Ancient Realm
Chapter  16  Amphibians: Between Two Worlds
Chapter  17  Reptiles: Shattered Remains
Chapter  18  Birds: Lords of the Air
Chapter  19  Mammals: The Magnificent Hairy Ones
Chapter  20  The Human Condition: Rise of the Cultural Ape
Appendix  A  Scientific Writing
Appendix  B  Charting the Patterns of Evolution
Glossary

 

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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.

Feline Behavior and Misbehavior

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Course Description

Feline Behavior and Misbehavior studies the behavior of cats as well as the most common causes of problem behavior and how to solve them.

Lesson one covers feline behavior as well as giving a short account of the history of the cat as a domestic animal. Watch the movie by Michael W. Fox. Lesson two is a slide presentation by Roger Abrantes and it covers the evolution and the taxonomy of the cat, normal and problem behavior, and treatment of problem behavior. In lesson two, you get also an introduction to cat training. In lesson three, you read the course textbook, Linda Case’s “The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health.”

Course Level

Beginner/Intermediate. This course is an all-around course about cats, their health and behavior. It’s a course for all interested in cats. For our CAAE students, it gives you the opportunity to learn about one more species and gain new perspectives.

Course Textbook

“The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health”

by Linda Case.

The bond that owners have with their cats and the health benefits that are afforded by this bond have been the topic of numerous studies in the past 25 years. This book provides pet owners, undergraduate students and pet professionals with a complete guide to four topical areas that are of interest: the history of the human-cat relationship; behavior of the domestic cat; feline nutrition; and feline health and disease.

Book contents

Part 1 Knowing the Cat Within the Companion

Part 2 Behavior: Understanding the Domestic Cat

Part 3 Health and Disease: Keeping Cats Healthy and Happy

Part 4 Nutrition: Feeding Cats for Health and Longevity

 

“The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health” by Linda P. Case.

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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.