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About the Course

What is your cat revealing to you when she purrs? What is your dog expressing when he yawns or wags his tail? Understanding your cat and dog’s behaviour and the way they communicate with you, will enable you to better understand their needs and strengthen your relationship with them. This MOOC is divided into five topics, the appliance of science; behaviour and body language, senses and perception; challenges for the human-animal relationship, including pet problem behaviour; and how to improve the quality of life for cats and dogs in our care. At the start of the course we ask you to consider what you feel is important to your cat/dog and what your cat/dog means to you? We explore the world of cats and dogs and how our relationships with them vary around the world and have changed over time. We ask if we can really know what our animals are thinking or trying to communicate through their facial expressions and behaviours. From our beloved pets to street dogs, shelter dogs/cats and welfare challenges, we explore the world from their perspective and examine how their genetic make-up may influence their behavioural responses and choices. We dispel common behavioural myths by looking through a scientific lens, asking questions about the function and development of their behaviour.. We explore how their senses help them to interact with their world and how they communicate with each other and us! Finally, we ask whether we impose unrealistic expectations on our cats and dogs and how this affects their ability to live alongside us. We ask, what can we do to be more responsible pet owners and to ensure the welfare of all cats and dogs in society? This MOOC explores different scientifically validated methods that can help you to better understand your pet, to enrich their lives and help you to be a more educated and confident pet owner. We hope you enjoy the course!...

Top reviews


Mar 27, 2020

I learned so much about how to decrease stress for my pets and increase their happiness. I also learned how to better communicate with them. Thank you for helping improve my pets quality of life!


May 02, 2020

I have had a variety of animal companions throughout my life, but this course has taught me that I could always benefit by staying up-to-date on the latest information related to animal welfare.

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By Maciej K

Nov 16, 2017

thank you for this course, it made me more aware of needs of my cat

By B. V

May 22, 2020

in this course i learned very well about cat and dog behaviours

By mohamed m

Sep 05, 2019

الدوره سلسه جدا واستفادت منها كتير جدا شكرا على العمل الرائع ده

By Sadaf

Aug 26, 2017

this was just an awesome course having a lot of info about pets

By Sarah P

Oct 16, 2018

Very informative and enjoyable, recommend it to all pet owners

By Aisling H

Jul 19, 2017

very informative, well laid out and easy to understand course.

By Stefan S

Apr 17, 2020

very good course providing the information I was looking for.

By Elyana M L S

Apr 03, 2020

Excelente curso, direto e com muitas informações importantes.

By Herbaut J P M

Jun 30, 2019

Thanks You very much for this good expérience !

Herbaut Julien

By Megan S

May 14, 2020

fantastic course for additional knowledge on animal welfare.

By Priya A M

Jun 14, 2017

Excellent course! I think it's a must for any cat/dog owner.

By Shiny R

Mar 23, 2019

i learn a lot from this online course and it really helpful

By Aga P

Oct 09, 2017

Great course!!! For all cats and dogs owners and lovers!!!!

By Merle M F

Jun 30, 2019

A very good material with a lot of understanding.

Thank you

By Yin Z

Sep 15, 2017

Basic knowledge for pets and pets' owners. Great to know.

By Julieta s s

May 29, 2020

Muy lindo curso, muy didactico aprendi mucho Gracias!!!!

By Patricia D

Mar 25, 2018

Really interresting with a lot of important informations

By Christina G

May 02, 2020

Very informational in a short course. Highly recommend!

By Silvia M

Apr 23, 2020

Very informative course. I learned a lot of new things!

By Katia S

Jun 15, 2017

Very interesting course. A must take for pet companions

By Sandrine P

Apr 14, 2020

i really enjoyed this course and really recommend it.

By Sergio E

Apr 01, 2020

Very educational, easy to follow and well structured.

By Lucy M

Nov 27, 2019

I love animals and this course really made understand

By sue p

May 17, 2020

very enjoyable and broken down into bit size section

By Susana H

May 11, 2020

I enjoyed the course and I definitely recommend it.