Understanding Canine Anxiety Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Learn the emotional, physiological, genetic and behavioural components of canine anxiety and how to apply this knowledge in recognising and treating canine anxiety.

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
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Do Animals Have Emotions?
  • Part 2: Why Do Animals Have Emotions? The Biology of Emotions
  • Part 3: What Emotions Do Animals Have?
  • Part 4: What Factors Influence Emotions?
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Anxiety?
  • Part 2: What Types of Anxiety Exist?
  • Part 3: What is the Difference Between General Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders?
  • Part 4: What Factors Influence Anxiety?
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Stress?
  • Part 2: What is Physiology and Why is it Important?
  • Part 3: The Sensory and Motor Systems
  • Part 4: How Do We Measure Stress in Animals?
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Neurobiology and Why is it Important to Understanding Anxiety?
  • Part 2: What is Neuroendocrinology and Why is it Important to Anxiety?
  • Part 3: How is Anxiety Controlled by the Brain and Hormones?
  • Part 4: Neurobiology and Neuroendocrinology of Social Attachments
  • Part 5: How Do These Systems Contribute to Anxiety Disorders?
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Genetics and How is it Related to Anxiety?
  • Part 2: Domestication
  • Part 3: What is Epigenetics and How is it Related to Anxiety?
  • Part 4: How Do Genetics and Epigenetics Contribute to Anxiety Disorders?
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Animal Personality?
  • Part 2: How Do You Measure Animal Personality?
  • Part 3: C-BARQ
  • Part 4: How is Personality Related to Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders?
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: How Do Dogs See?
  • Part 2: How Do Dogs Hear?
  • Part 3: How Do Dogs Smell?
  • Part 4: How Do Dogs Experience Taste?
  • Part 5: How Do Dogs Experience Touch?
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Body Language?
  • Part 2: How Do We Decode the Body Language of Dogs?
  • Part 3: How Does a Dog Communicate Fear or Anxiety?
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: What Types of Anxiety Do Dogs Experience?
  • Part 2: General Fearfulness or Anxiety
  • Part 3: Separation Anxiety
  • Part 4: Consequences of Anxiety in Dogs
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Behavioural Management and How Can it Treat Anxiety?
  • Part 2: Environmental Enrichment
  • Part 3: What Medications Treat Anxiety?
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Understanding Canine Anxiety Diploma Course has been designed to provide dog owners and caretakers with the tools to recognise, understand and address canine anxiety.

Canine anxiety is highly prevalent in domestic dog populations and can result in negative consequences such as problem behaviours, illness and injury, and possibly premature death. Understanding the science behind canine behaviour and anxiety is important for anyone interacting with dogs.

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Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma 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.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards 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).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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