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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 small 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


b.What to Watch For When Buying a Pet


IV.   Ability to Care for a Pet

a.Appropriate place to provide care?


c.Capability of caregivers


V.     General Care



c.Potty training (if necessary)


VI.   At Home Care


b.Potential Health Hazards



VII.Medical Care

a.Preventive care

b.Vet Care




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?


Course Requirements


At least a high school reading and writing educational level is required.

Course Topics


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?

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course consists of eight lessons. At the end of each lesson will be at least one writing assignment and a lesson review quiz based on the lesson material. A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Pet10
Lesson 2: Age-Appropriate Pets10
Lesson 3: How to Obtain a Suitable Pet9
Lesson 4: Ability to Care for a Pet10
Lesson 5: General Care10
Lesson 6: At Home Care9
Lesson 7: Medical Care10
Lesson 8: Creating a Bond9
The Final Exam36
Total Points:113

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