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Demo Course

This is a demo course with various types of questions on different subjects for you to test our courses–and your general knowledge on animal behavior.
All our courses follow the same script as this demo course. Enjoy!



Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations; behavior is as a tool in the struggle for survival and reproduction. This is an indispensable course to understand how behavior originates, develops and evolves.


Animal Training My Way

Animal Training My Way teaches you to create reliable bonds with any animal. It combines the best of ethology and behaviorism and develops an innovative, simple, and efficient approach. It is a guide for creating harmonious relationships.

20 Principles Course

The 20 Principles

Animal training is a craft: half science and half art. This course and the included online book give you the 20 indispensable principles you must know to become a skilled animal trainer. It is the best crash course in animal training one can wish for.

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Animal Welfare

Animal welfare is an objective science studying the needs of animals, an interaction between natural science, ethics, and law. This course is a must for everyone working with animals. Learn how to assess your pet's quality of life.


EFR for Animals

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


Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology study the body plan and physical functions of animals. Behavior is conected with the anatomy and physiology of an animal. Each species has particular characteristics defining how to enter the global struggle for survival.


Canine Behavior

Canine Behavior studies dog behavior in the natural and in the human environment, reviewing the behavior of the domestic dog and the related wild species. An important course for dog training, which is full of myths unsupported by scientific research.


All About Puppies

All About Puppies deals with everything you need to know about puppies: choice of a puppy, imprinting and socialization, creating good habits and preventing misbehavior, training and stimulating the puppy, house rules, and much more.

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Dogs and Children

Dogs and Children is the course for everyone, regardless of whether one has children or dogs. Learn how to prevent severe problems and give your child and dog some fun and meaningful activities so they develop a respectful relationship.


Dogs Home Alone

Canine Home Alone is the canine problem no. 1—the dog cannot be left home alone without showing clear signs of distress behavior. This course is a proven and efficient DIY program for dog owners to cure or prevent serious problems.


Canine Problem Behavior

Canine Problem Behavior is an introduction to canine problem behavior and reviews the most common causes of this behavior. Before taking this course, you should have taken "The 20 Principles All Animal Trainers Must Know" and "Canine Behavior."



Pedagogy is the study of the principles and methods of instruction, teaching, and education. This course will make you a better instructor by reminding you of the essential principles in pedagogics, the art of teaching, and by giving you some tricks of the trade.


Canine Proficiency Verification

In a Proficiency Verification (PV) you demonstrate you have the necessary practical skills in handling an animal. PVs are not exams or obedience tests. We are interested in good communication skills and the correct use of learning theory.

Ethology Course


Ethology studies animal behavior in its natural environment. It is one of the fundamental courses in your curriculum. A reliable knowledge of animal behavior is the basis to create a satisfying relationship with any animal we train.

Animal Learning

Animal Learning

Animal Learning studies how animals learn the various behaviors they display. We review all the fundamental principles of learning that you need to master for training animals or implementing behavior modification.


Applied Animal Learning

In Applied Animal Learning SMAF is a tool to help us apply learning theory to practical behavior modification. SMAF enables us to plan our actions with the highest possible degree of precision and to analyze the expected and observed results.


Agonistic Behavior

Agonistic Behavior is all forms of aggression, threat, fear, pacifying behavior, fight or flight, arising from confrontations between individuals of the same species. This course gives you the scientific definitions and facts.


Measuring Behavior

Measuring Behavior—Learn how to sample behavior, create ethograms, evaluate your results, and present your findings. Study how to measure changes in behavior such as frequency, intensity, duration, number of errors, speed, latency, and fluency.

Canine Scent Detection

Canine Scent Detection

Canine Scent Detection is the course Roger Abrantes (who will be your tutor) gave to law enforcement officers. You will learn all you need, from the acquisition of ‘indication behavior’ (alert) and particular odor to pointing out a hidden target scent.


Equine Behavior

Equine Behavior studies horse behavior, particularly its social behavior, senses, how it apprehends the world and learns, and its ability to solve problems. It's an essential course for everyone dealing with horses, trainers and riders.


Feline Behavior and Misbehavior

Feline Behavior and Misbehavior studies the behavior of cats as well as the most common causes of problem behavior and how to solve or prevent them, health and nutrition. It's an all-around course about feline behavior.



Zoology studies all animals' structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution. This course is only an introduction to this vast subject matter. Its goal is to give you a better understanding of the various species.


Evolution and Ethology

Evolution is the change process in all life forms over generations; Ethology is the study of animal behavior in the natural environment. This course is a comprehensive and advanced study in evolution and ethology.


Learning and Behavior

Learning and Behavior is a comprehensive graduate-level course reviewing the various forms animals learn and acquire new behavior. It is an essential course for all animal trainers to understand behavior modification.


Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning deals with analyzing and constructing valid arguments.


Equine Proficiency Verification

Equine Proficiency—You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience to be a good horse trainer. You begin training your horse once you have read and understood the theory. Ideally, it would be best to start after taking the first three courses.


X Proficiency Verification

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


Mi Método de Entrenamiento

En "Mi método de entrenamiento de animales—la fusión entre Etología y conductismo (behaviorism)" el etólogo Roger Abrantes te explica y te enseña cómo entrenar y crear relaciones confiables con cualquier animal.

Ethology Institute