Cat Psychology and Training Course (Distance Learning)

By: ACS Distance Education  14/07/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

Cat psychology and training course - Cats are wonderful creatures, but they can be annoying and infuriating at times. Many cat owners will know the irritations of scratched furniture and cats who do not listen to what they say. Owners have tried many different options at training their cats, including punishment, but some would argue that cats cannot be trained. Can they? Well, yes they can or they can be persuaded to act in certain ways. Some cats can be trained to walk on a lead/leash. Others can be trained to fetch balls. Whilst most cats may not be trained to perform tricks, we can use cat psychology to prevent negative and destructive behaviour, like scratching furniture. Course Structure This course is spread over eight lessons; each one having things to read, set tasks for experiential and applied learning, and an assignment which provides an opportunity for personal interaction with an expert tutor. The lessons are: 1. Nature and Scope of Cat Psychology Introduction Terminology Cat Industries Differentiating health and behavioural issues Feline Diabetes Kidney Disease Stress 2. Cat Senses and Communication Understanding Cat communications Sounds made by the Cat Body Language Smell Hearing 3. Understanding Natural Behaviour in Cats Aggression Scratch Fever Cat Behavioural Development Biological Rhythms and Sleep Sexual Behaviour Maternal Behaviour Eating and Drinking 4. Behavioural Disorders/Abnormalities Nature or Nurture Sensitive Periods Neurological Development Sleep Play Cat Temperament Tests How Breeds Differ 5. Basic Training Aggression Redirected Aggression Maternal Aggression Ideopathic Aggression Dealing with Aggression Housebreaking Inappropriate Elimination Excessive Vocalisation Geriatric Dysfunction Controlling the Killing of Wildlife Eating Disorders Abnormal Suckling Separation Anxiety 6. Obedience Training Forming Habits Train them Early Conditioning Operant Conditioning Socialisation House Training Grooming Bathing Scratching Catching Vermin Tricks Discipline 7. Cat Behaviour Management Cat Doors Microchipping and Registering Coming when Called Energy Release Activities Neutering Drug Treatment Nice Smells Getting Used to a Cage Managing Climbing 8. Operating a Cat Business - PBL Project Duration: 100 hours Course Aims • Understand cat psychology and apply that knowledge to manage and influence the behaviour of cats. • Describe how cats think, and discuss the relevance of understanding cat psychology to people. • Explain how cats communicate; and formulate an understanding of possible ways that a human may communicate with a cat. • Understand behaviours that are natural, hence predictable in cats; and learn to read signals that cats give. • Explain how cats develop behavioural characteristics throughout stages of their life. • Describe commonly occurring behavioural problems in cats. Describe techniques for training cats • Implement measures to manage the behaviour of cats. • Develop knowledge on running your own cat business. Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Pet-Care/CAT-PSYCHOLOGY-AND-TRAINING-BAG222-722.aspx

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