Animal Emotions

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Animal emotions – happier animals, better relationships
“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, birds, rodents, 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 28th of January, once admissions have closed.
  • 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 course outline 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 is – unfortunately it’s closed now, though.

  • “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 – the next occasion will be January 2023.

35 Replies to “Animal Emotions”

  1. This class sounds wonderful. I volunteer for HSUS 1-2 weeks a month (work 10-12 hour days for them) as well as other local animal recuses. Sadly, I cannot afford to pay for this class. Are there any grants, scholarships, etc that could help me pay for this course? I would love to take this class but need financial help. Thank you for your time.

  2. I volunteer for German Shepherd rescue Scotland
    I foster dogs when surrendered to the rescue with various problems. I retrain and help to get adopted.
    I also volunteer for charity called Oliver’s Army based in Fife Scotland who train dogs for disabled people.
    I am the trainer at Midlothian Dog Training Club trainers at the club are paid it is on a voluntary basis, we help owners with their dogs.
    Both I and Susan Edwards who will also be applying for your course are involved in the above.
    Kind regards

  3. Hi
    I already took the “Advanced Animal Training” class from you, which was wonderful. In on of our e-mail exchanged you talked also about a class, which you will offer soon “Resolving challenging Behaviour”. Now my questions:
    When are you going to offer the “Resolving challenging Behavoiour ” class
    In the Advanced Animal Training class we also talked about some of the above topics. Is this course now even more in deepth about each topic than in the other class?
    Kind Regards,

    1. Nicole, the Resolving Challenging Behaviour class will begin some time in September/October! I’ll keep you posted on when it will open! 🙂

      The AAT course is specifically about animal training, and there’s about 1/10 overlap with what I discuss in the Animal Emotions course. Hope this helps! 🙂

      All the best, //Karolina

  4. First of all, thank you so much for the wonderful mini-course! I am interested in this course, but found a similar “Emotion” module in your Getting Behavior course as well.

    I’m just a dog owner who loves dog training and would love to learn more about it, and might wanna become a trainer later (though this is a long shot…) So I was wondering which course I should apply for. I’d appreciate if you could explain which might be better for who.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Rie! There’s about 10% overlap between the courses, but in Getting Behaviour the sections about emotions are more tweaked from the training angle. Getting Behaviour is for aspiring trainers or people interested in learning about how to train their animals. I have more “regular” pet owners in the Animal Emotions course, but many trainers find their way to that one, too! Since you’re expressing an interest in training, I would probably recommend Getting Behaviour. Then again, if you want to take both within the year, I would start with AE since that one only opens for admission once a year, but GB is always available..!

      Not sure that helped at all…?

  5. Hi Karolina
    I’ve seen your introduction to this course. Thank you for good information.
    Which of your courses would you recommend beginning with.

    1. Hi Lotte, I would recommend starting with either Animal Emotions or Getting Behaviour, depending on how interested you are in animal training! 🙂 GB is open all year round, AE only now in January. There’s about 10% overlap between the two courses. HOpe this helps! 🙂

  6. I am seriously considering taking the full AE course as my current dog can be challenging at times, especially since our 11-month-old puppy was recently hit and killed (instantly) by a speeding car on the road in front of our home ten days ago. Poor Ducky (nearly 10 years old) is feeling sad right now. Bogie pestered her constantly, but she loved him dearly. She looks for him often.

  7. Great stuff. How is the fire affect space different than Panksepp’s 7 Primary Emotional Systems? They are all the same names. Hoping they overlap or it’s an evolution of his work? (Gotta give credit where it is due!)

    1. THe Core Affect Space is a “dimensional” model, and Panksepp’s model is “discrete” – they’re very different! I just like to combine the two. Don’t know who originally coined the phrase Core Affect Space, but I’ve learned most of it from Mike Mendl. chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html?

  8. Hello, I have signed up for the course and have not gotten any information. Wonder when I will get my confirmation and information on how to check in the seminar. Thank you. Margaret. Animal Emotion 17703. 29L17992LK811562P

  9. I really enjoyed the 4 videos that you shared! I work with a wonderful +R trainer who shared your trainings. I love the neuroscience content within your trainings. 1 question before I sign up – we rescued our australian cattle dog at 1 year. She had a difficult beginning to her life and we are addressing a great deal of reactivity towards strangers. Will your animal emotions course address these needs? Thank you!

    1. Kim, this course will not directly address specific problems such as reactivity. Having said that, this course is all about mood changes – and so indirectly I do think it will help at least to some extent – since mood changes change perception, and thus the animal’s overall demeanor. In September-ish I will be launching a new course, Resolving Challenging Behaviour, that does explicitly deal with behaviours that we humans consider problematic. Hope this helps your decision!

  10. Hi Karolina, YAY!!!. I’ve just enrolled in the Animal Emotions course. I am fascinated by animal emotions (ours included). I’ve watched your free mini course and enjoyed it heaps as always. I’ve taken the option of the ”split payment”, such a big help from you to us, thank you!. I am also very thankful for the scholarship for the Getting Behaviour course which I am still going through. I am very happy to pay this time as I love your courses and appreciate your knowledge and teachings. God bless you, Karolina 🙂

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