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Course Description

There are literally hundreds of different types of house pets that can live and thrive in a home environment. While the majority of house pets in America tend to be cats and dogs, statistics show that there is a marked increase in more exotic pets. This may be credited to a desire to add to an existing family of pets, desire to be a little more unusual than the average pet owner or the desire to find a pet that requires less care and maintenance than the average canine or feline. In any case, there is a need for current and future pet owners to learn and understand what is required when owning an exotic pet and the benefits that can be had by cohabitating with these creatures.

Pet owners should be aware that certain types of pets are more appropriate for homes depending on the age of the people in residence, existing pets, and level of responsibility and care. This course will give a basic set of guidelines on caring for more exotic types of house pets including rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, rats, guinea pigs, birds, and snakes. These are basic guidelines only as each animal may have many different types of breeds with specific characteristics. By following these guidelines, a current or future pet owner will learn how to choose a pet, what care is required, expected expense, feeding schedules, possible health and veterinary requirements, and how to create a lasting bond that will benefit pet and owner alike.

I.    Choosing the right pet

a. Which pet is right for you?


II. Age Appropriate Pets

a. Pets and their traits

b. Suitability for various ages


III.    How to Obtain a Suitable Pet

a. Locations

b. What to Watch For When Buying a Pet


IV.   Ability to Care for a Pet

a. Appropriate place to provide care?

b. Expense

c. Capability of caregivers


V.     General Care

a. Feeding

b. Grooming

c. Potty training (if necessary)


VI.   At Home Care

a. Cleanliness

b. Potential Health Hazards

c. Exercise


VII. Medical Care

a. Preventive care

b. Vet Care

c. Licenses



VIII. Creating a Bond

a. Creating the role of Alpha

b. Forming a bond

c. Share the love with others

d.   Is one house pet enough?


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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Pet

There are many different types of house pets; each requires a different type of care. In order to have a long and fruitful life with a house pet, it is important to choose the right pet for the right house. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: How do I choose the right pet for me?
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Pet

Lesson 2: Age-Appropriate Pets

Pets are a great addition to almost any household. However, it is important to ensure that the pet one chooses is appropriate if there are children in the house. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: The Right Pet for your Child's Age; 7 Tips for Choosing an Age- Appropriate Family Pet
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Age-Appropriate Pets

Lesson 3: How to Obtain a Suitable Pet

Obtaining a suitable pet might not be as easy as one may think. 9 Total Points
  • Review Article: Small Pet Guide
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: How to Obtain a Suitable Pet

Lesson 4: Ability to Care for a Pet

There's a lot more to caring for a pet than just feeding it. Pets require grooming, training, medical care, and lots of love. Additionally, pets must have the room to grow and thrive. Do you have what it takes to care for a pet? 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Pet Care Costs; How to Raise a Healthy Pet
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Ability to Care for a Pet

Lesson 5: General Care

Diet is vital to keeping an animal happy and healthy for as long as possible. By following recommended guidelines for types and amounts of foods, a pet can live well beyond the average life span. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Feeding Your Pet
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: General Care

Lesson 6: At Home Care

There is a great deal to be said about preventing health issues and general at-home care for pets. A few precautions and a solid routine will help your pet to live a long, happy life. 9 Total Points
  • Review Article: Pet Safety Information
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: At Home Care

Lesson 7: Medical Care

All pets will be well served by preventive care. Much of this care simply requires paying attention to the animal and its behaviors. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Research Pet and Bird Hospital; Why do I need Pet Identification
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Medical Care

Lesson 8: Creating a Bond

In the wild, most animal groups have an "alpha" leader. This means that one animal is dominant while others are submissive. Leadership and obeying orders comes naturally to these animals. This carries through to domesticated animals. 45 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Easy ways to Bond with your Bird; How to Bond with your Rabbit
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Creating a Bond
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe choosing the right pet.
  • Know age-appropriate pets.
  • Recognize how to obtain a suitable pet.
  • Define the abilities needed to properly care for a pet.
  • Describe general care of your pets.
  • Know medical care needs of your pets.
  • Describe creating a bond with your pet, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: How to Care for House Pets
Course Number: 8900127
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.4 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
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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