Animal Emotions

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Animal emotions – happier animals, better relationships

This course will be open for enrollment between the 20th and 27th of January!

“This course has changed my life… not only because I became a better trainer and leader, mostly because I became a better person. Thank You ❤ ” (Emilia Czechowicz) 
How will the Animal emotions course change your life – and that of your animal?

“Animal Emotions” will help you develop a better relationship with animals in your care. The course helps you understand behaviour and how emotional experiences impact personality, brain development and social skills.

You’ll learn how to get happier animals that thrive in the care of humans.

“This course has forever changed how I behave with my animals” (Tina Kolhammar)
Who is this course for?
  • This course is for you if you’re a pet owner interested in learning more about what makes your animal tick. Most of my students are dog- and horse people, but I’ve also had students interested in cats, rodents and rabbits, farm animals, and exotic species.
  • This course is for you if you work professionally with animals. Many of my students are animal trainers, veterinarians or caregivers in zoos or animal shelters. If you’re one of those people who like theoretical discussions about animal behaviour and learning, there’s a nerd section in every module.
“It’s been several years since I learned so much new, useful and relevant stuff in ONE course.” (Bettina Hvidemose)
What are people saying about Animal Emotions?

For many students, the course transforms their life with animals. Here are some voices:

  • “Thank you for this course, it is, without question, far superior to any course I have participated in to date.” (Candice Milliard)
  • “I can honestly say that this course has changed my life. I have even changed my Master’s thesis subject because of it… This course has changed me and my dog’s welfare for the better, and I never even thought that it needed improvement.” (Madicken Åkerman)
  • “This has been a life-changing course. Its relevance and importance to my work as a dog/animal trainer is immeasurable”. (Karen West)
  • “The course has changed something in the way I look at animals. I feel… closer to them.” (Ewa Rumistrzewicz)
  • “This course was so much more than I expected! … I kind of knew what works in dog training, but now I know why!” (Birgitte Pletscher)
  • “Most definitely the BEST and most relevant online course I have taken. Heartfelt thanks.” (Alison Parker-Jervis).
“This course is a must for all dog trainers within my field – behaviour modification” (Jenny Afvander) 
How is this online course delivered?
  • Once you sign up, you’ll get immediate access to the first module. The other 9 modules will be released weekly from the 2nd of October, which is also when admissions close.
  • This course makes the most out of the online format by using micro-learning: the content videos are short and actionable (2-10 minutes long).
  • The course modules are prerecorded and you can watch the videos anytime.
  • There are 10 modules (100+ videos) in the course, and they require about 10 hours of engagement in total – but many students return again and again to the videos, spending much more time than that revisiting the material.
  • All videos are subtitled in English – this makes it easier for the many non-native English speakers among the students.
  • There are some voluntary practical exercises and thought-provoking questions, as well as voluntary self-assessment questions in each module.
  • Many students will take an active part in this course and help shape it! This peer-to-peer learning in the comments’ section is one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of this course!
  • There are written summaries and audio files that you can download and keep.
  • You have access to the course for a full year after purchase.
  • If you have use of Continued Educational Units, we typically give 10 CEUS for this course. Let us know which organization you’re associated with!
  • After you finish, you get a certificate of completion and a banner that you can display on your website.
“I thought that this course would be a nice review of my ethological studies – but it has really broadened my perspective on animals!” (Ann-Sofie Sandell)
Course details.

What we’ll cover in this course:

  • Why understanding emotions is important when caring for animals.
  • The Core Affect Space model, that helps map and illustrate animals’ emotions, sensations and motivations, long-lasting mood states, and how well-being ties into the mix.
  • CARE – a core emotion involved in caregiving behaviour, which impacts offsprings’ personality development and stress sensitivity. We can also tap into this system through gentle touch.
  • GRIEF – a core emotion involved in social separations. This module of the course highlights the importance of a good nurturing environment.
  • PLAY – a core emotion involved in playful social interactions. One of the most influential systems, and one that’s often ignored – or condescendingly laughed at.
  • LUST – a core emotion involved in mate seeking and sexual behaviour. Brains versus bodies, gender differences and mate choice.
  • SEEKING – a core emotion involved in exploration, foraging and all other emotional systems – and with tremendous effects on learning.
  • FEAR – a core emotion with huge impact on behaviour, mainly through fear learning, sensitization, performance impairment and the risk of defensive aggression.
  • RAGE – a core emotion triggered by frustration, restraint or perceived inescapable dangers – rendering the animal potentially dangerous.
  • We’ll also cover some of the history of the study of emotions, as well as polyvagal theory, guilt, how emotional experiences are affected by predictability and control, as well as how they impact relationships, etc.

Find the video titles below. The modules are released with weekly intervals.

“There’s only 2 courses I’ve ever signed up for twice, and they are both yours!” (Oliver Ringrose)
  • I will host two live Q&A webinars where I address your questions, in person. If you miss them, don’t worry – they’ll be recorded!
  • Access to a private Facebook Group where we can discuss, share and connect.

When you become a student, you’ll be getting weekly emails while the course is being delivered. I’ll also keep you posted on my other free webinars, masterclasses, silly experiments, online courses and blog posts!

“I don’t think I have taken part in any form of education that has been delivered with as much skill as this.” (Gordon Gill)
Frequently asked questions.
  • “How do I get the most out of the course?”

By engaging in discussions, sharing your own thoughts and reflecting on the questions asked – the content comes alive in the comments’ section!

  • “Is it worth it?”

Many of my previous students attest that they have found this course transformational – it has forever changed how they interact with animals. Also, as far as I know, this material isn’t taught at this level of depth anywhere else.

  • “Is there a scholarship program?”

Yes, there was, but it’s closed now, unfortunately.

  • “What if I change my mind?”

This course comes with a 30-day Money Back Guarantee. So, don’t look at joining this course like a risk!

Rather, it’s an opportunity. You can access more than half the content – at no cost! Yes, I have enough confidence in the qualities of this course to encourage you to test it, access 6 out of 10 modules – and not pay anything if you feel it’s not right for you.

“This course has turned my thinking around. I’ll be making some fundamental changes in my behavior medicine course for vet students thanks to it.” (Noa Harell)

The course opens for enrollment once a year – and the next time will be January 20th to January 27th!

If you want to be notified about the next enrollment occasion, just sign up below! I’ll also keep you posted about free mini-courses, webinars, masterclasses, silly experiments, blog posts and other courses – all about animal behaviour, welfare and learning! 🙂

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