- Key concepts and building blocks
- What animals need
- Welfare vs. well-being
- Stress coping
- Flexible problem-solving
- The Biology of Behavior
- Evolution and natural selection
- Neurobiology and the brain
- Impacts of stress
- During development
- Sex differences
- Specific populations
- Stress and the brain
- Theories of emotion
- Emotion in dogs
- Consciousness and self-awareness
- Emotion and pain
- Emotional regulation and reactivity
- Individual differences in emotion
- Emotion and motivation
- Goal-directed behavior
- Executive function
- Individual differences in stress resiliency
- Promoting well-being
- Assessing welfare/well-being
- Preventing and mitigating stress
- Training methods
- Building resilience and stress coping
- Learned industriousness
- Social support
- Enrichment and exercise
- Appropriate challenge
- Emotional health and mental health (behavior issues)
- Mental health in non-human animals
- Emotional/mental health and stress
- Emotional/mental health and the brain
- Impulsivity and hyperactivity
- Depression, fear, anxiety
- Effective behavior modification plans
- Applications for all of the topics above will be discussed throughout the course
Live lectures and discussion sections. Lectures are also recorded for those who cannot attend live. Discussions are NOT recorded.
Next course begins on March 16th, 2023.
Live lectures are Thursdays at 6:30 pm ET. A pre-recorded version of each lecture will also be posted every Monday for those who cannot attend live, or prefer more time to process the material.
Discussion sessions (full students only) are on Thursdays at 7:30 pm ET. Attendance is required for full students. Discussions are not recorded.
Runs for sixteen weeks. (No class the week of 5/15.)
Auditors: 16 CEUs from CCPDT and IAABC (pending)
Full students: 32 CEUs from CCPDT and 40 CEUs from IAABC (pending)
Full students earn a certificate of completion and a website logo for marketing.
Course access for 18 months.
Content updated twice a year with the latest research.