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Course Description

Love dogs? Have a dog as a pet? Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking, why it acts the way it does, or how to train it more effectively? If so, this course is for you! This course, which focuses on dog psychology, will give you an in-depth look at dogs and how they think.


We'll look at what dog psychology is, delve into the mind of the dog, look at dog senses, explore dog personalities and temperaments, and discuss social behaviors. You will learn everything you need to know in order to understand dogs. We'll also cover dog aggression, dog training and learning, and how to identify and understand dog body language.

You will also be introduced to effective discipline, information on exercise, and more.


Upon course completion you will be able to effectively put the information you have learned together in order to use it to your advantage in selecting a dog, getting to know your dog, teaching them new behaviors, and even how to care for an aging dog.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: An Introduction to Dog Psychology

In this lesson, you will be introduced to what dog psychology is and why people study it. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Natural Dogmanship
  • Take Poll: Dog Psychology Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Mind of a Dog

This lesson focuses on the mind of the dog, including intelligence, testing, and research. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Dog Intelligence
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Dog Sense

This lesson focuses on dog senses, including smelling, hearing, and seeing. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Understanding a Dog's Senses; The Canine Sense of Smell
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Fearful Dogs

This lesson looks at fear in dogs, as well as ways to prevent and address the emotion. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Curing a Fearful Dog; Overcoming Fear; Calming Your Dog During a Thunderstorm
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Dog Personality

This lesson looks at dog personality, including temperament, shyness, and more. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Personality; Personality Profile
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Social Behaviors

Lesson Six looks at social behaviors in dogs, including separation anxiety and dominance. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Separation Anxiety; Thinking with Pack Mentality
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Aggression in Dogs

In this lesson, we look at aggression in dogs, including what may cause it and what can be done. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Dog Aggression
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Training Dogs

This lesson focuses on training dogs, including which dogs are considered highly trainable. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Positive Reinforcement Training
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Body Language

This lesson focuses on dog body language, including what it is and how it can be interpreted. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Canine Body Language; Interpreting Dog Body Language
  • Take Poll: Body Language
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Dog Discipline

Lesson 10 focuses on disciplining the dog, including setting rules and boundaries. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Discipline; Disciplining and Training; Dog Discipline
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Exercise and Play

This lesson focuses on the important role of exercise and play in a dog's life. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Dog Exercise; Dog Activities
  • Take Poll: Exercise
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Putting it All Together

This final lesson looks at putting all the dog psychology information together. 94 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Choosing a Dog; Senior Dogs
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Dog Psychology 101
Course Number: 7550560
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe exactly what is dog psychology.
  • Identify the mind of a dog.
  • Know dog senses.
  • Recognize fearful dogs.
  • Describe a dog's personality.
  • Describe social behaviors.
  • Describe aggression in dogs.
  • Know techniques for training dogs.
  • Know the body language of dogs.
  • Identify dog discipline techniques.
  • Identify exercise and play times and techniques for dogs, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "The instructor was very prompt in grading and reviewing the lessons. never had to wait long to receive her response on my work. Very pleased with that !! Gave me the feeling that she was right there if I needed her assistance...very nice !! Everything about this course was helpful, educational and very interesting ! As soon as I finished a lesson, I was ready to start another! Loved it !!" -- Ginny J.
  • "I found everything extremely helpful to me." -- James S.
  • "I really liked this course. The instructor was very helpful and responsive." -- Sandy G.
  • "I liked how the course was broken up into lessons so you could absorb that information before moving on to the next topic." -- Gina C.
  • "I really enjoyed taking this coure. I always adopt my dogs from shelters so it was very helpful to learn all the aspects of dog psychology. Information about fearful dogs is also helpful." -- Cheryl S.
  • "All aspects were helpful especially the different areas surrounding understanding dog behaviour." -- Louise T.
  • "The course was super fun! It made me proud to earn my points. :) I have 2 Chihuahuas and learning what could be going on inside their heads was very helpful to me. But what I found to be the best reminder was how to read a dog's expressions, or what looks like aggression, submission, fear and so on." -- Tiffany B.
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