Understanding Canine Anxiety Diploma

Centre of Excellence Online Ltd
Course summary
150 hours
105.83 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses
Professional Training
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Course description

For years, scientists debated whether animals experience emotions at all. Now it is widely accepted amongst ethologists that emotions are a biological phenomenon that animals experience and that they play a vital role in survival. You will learn the biology behind animal emotions, what emotions are attributed to animals, and what factors influence emotions.

Fear and anxiety are key emotions that promote survival in animals. We’ll gain a deeper understanding of anxiety as an animal emotion as well as an understanding of when anxiety is adaptive and when it is pathological.

The feelings and expression of anxiety are strongly routed in physiological processes within the body. The course explores the physiological stress systems within mammalian bodies, specifically as they relate to fear and anxiety.

The nervous and endocrine systems play a vital role in stress systems. You’ll gain deep insight into the physiological mechanisms behind animal emotions, specifically general anxiety and anxiety disorders.

Genetic predisposition and environmental factors contribute to fear and anxiety-related disorders. We’ll review the heritability of fear and anxiety in mammals, along with the epigenetic mechanisms that can alter gene expression.

‘Coping style’ refers to individual differences in stress response and is an aspect of individual animal personalities. You’ll learn how to measure personality, how coping styles are connected to genes and physiology, and how personality affects anxiety.

Fear and anxiety responses begin with the perception of a stimulus as a threat. You’ll learn about the components of dog perception and how they can contribute to anxiety.

People who manage dogs should have a deep understanding of dog body language and the body language cues of anxiety. These, along with other behavioural indicators of dog anxiety, will be discussed.

We’ll look at what is currently known about canine anxiety including what types of anxiety dogs experience and the consequences of anxiety.

Dealing with an anxious dog can be challenging and can lead dogs to relinquishment to shelters or premature death. We’ll explore behavioural and pharmacological techniques for managing and treating anxiety in dogs.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the biological basis for anxiety as an animal emotion
  • Define key terms and processes and explain underlying physiological and neurobiological systems that regulate canine anxiety
  • Demonstrate an understanding of anxiety by summarising the differing roles of genes, environment and individual personality
  • Discuss dog perception and interpret behavioural signs of canine anxiety
  • Formulate a plan to address and treat anxiety in dogs by assessing their environment and behaviour

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The Understanding Canine Anxiety Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

Training Course Content

Module 1: Animal Emotions

Module 2: Anxiety

Module 3: Physiology of Stress Systems

Module 4: Neurobiology of Stress and Emotion

Module 5: Genetics and Epigenetics

Module 6: Personality

Module 7: Dog Perception

Module 8: Dog Behaviour

Module 9: Anxiety in Dogs

Module 10: Treatment and Management of Anxiety in Dogs

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