The Animal Emotions 2023 Scholarship Program

This Scholarship Program is based on the honor system.

The scholarship program is now closed for 2023.

I offer a lot of free resources to help pet owners and animal professionals get happier animals that are reasonably well behaved and thrive with people.

But some of my courses are paid.  These paid courses constitute my living and fund the production of my free courses and all the other free educational content that I create. I’m really grateful to host a global audience, and I’m acutely aware of the vast range of economic realities that my audience is facing.

So, I’m offering a handful of scholarships – I don’t want financial constraints to limit people’s access to this information!

This Animal Emotions 2023 Scholarship program is based on the honor system. Please, only submit an entry for a potential scholarship if it’s truly needs-based. I’m entrusting you — on your honor — to apply for a scholarship because without it, taking the course would not be financially possible right now.

In my selection efforts, I’ll strive to focus on finding candidates that can somehow make an impact in their community – among animals and people. Check out the details below, and get to it. (Act fast, because the deadline is Tuesday, January 24th at midnight PST)

The Animal Emotions 2023 Scholarship Program.

What it is: Complimentary access to the 2023 Animal Emotions Course.

How to be considered: Read the following questions and post your answer in the comments below.

Make sure your response is 250 words or less.

  1. Where do you live?
  2. How many animals would directly or indirectly benefit from your taking the course?
  3. Do you do any animal-related teaching?
  4. If admission to the Animal Emotions course landed in your lap, how would it help you, the animals in your care or your community? What difference would it make to you and the animals and people around you?
Everything You Need to Know
  • You apply with a written comment below. Yes, it must be public. No email entries will count.
  • Keep the total word count below 250 words – longer applications will be disqualified. If you’re unsure of whether you’re at the limit, count them here. 
  • The entry deadline is Tuesday, January 24th at midnight PST, and the recipients will be announced within 12 hours, on Wednesday!
  • No purchase is necessary to receive a scholarship.
  • I’m the judge and my decision is subjective and final.
  • I’ll award a handful of scholarship seats. A specific number is not predetermined.
  • Remember: I’m looking for heart, compassion, drive and the ability to follow directions. Show me how this course will help you  create meaningful change.

I can’t wait to see your entry!

ps – when you write your entry, it doesn’t become visible immediately – you’ll just be brought to the top of the page.  No worries, the comment is in limbo waiting for approval – and although that may take some time, I will see your entry.

43 Replies to “The Animal Emotions 2023 Scholarship Program”

  1. 1. Portugal
    2. Last year I checked and treat more than 600 donkeys.
    3. Not only through my example interacting with their donkeys, I’m also very passionate in explain donkey owners better ways to deal with them everytime i make a visit. Also I give advices to the team I’m working with, including colleagues and volunteers. I’m teaching some of these volunteers to train donkeys, helping them being less scared and more confident. I’ve give a couple of lessons about training to caregivers in courses by the NGO i’m working with. I’m also building educational videos for caregivers.
    4. I’m sure the more i’ll learn about animal emotions, the better i’ll be able to explain it to others and make more people treat and train donkeys better. Behavior is a major problem in donkey welfare, specially if we look at it in an holistic way. If it also matters, my wage is very low.

  2. Hello Karolina
    I live in France. It’s hard to give an estimation of how many animals I directly benefite as I volunteer at my local rescue shelter (maximum capacity 80 dogs and 40 cats) and am foster parent for cats and dogs (3 so far but I only started a year ago). I teach cooperative care and SB behaviour techniques to other pet parent clients of my vet, currently 6 people. We don’t have fear free here in France and on a vet visit last year, my vet was impressed with my dog’s behaviour. I explained about the cooperative care techniques I’ve learnt and we started a club at the vet clinic teaching the methods to interested clients.
    My own rescue and highly reactive dog started me on the pathway of becoming an animal behaviour geek and I started to educate myself further so I could understand and help him and became addicted to understanding more about animal behaviour. I have done a 4 month course run by the Shelter Playgroup Alliance as well as several courses through the FDSA scholarship system, including Amy Cook’s Playway, Control Unleashed, and Co-Operative care.
    I’ve already learnt so much from the Animal Emotions mini course and would love the opportunity to do the full course; As well benefitting the animal’s in my own care, it would enable me to help my fellow shelter co-workers and my co-operative care group better understand and communicate with their animals.
    Thank you for the opportunity .

  3. 1. I live in the Scottish Highlands UK.

    2. This year over one hundred dogs would directly benefit from me taking the course (I am volunteering with a dog rescue in Bulgaria and will be fostering ex street dog puppies at the same time). I really want to help my fearful puppy feel safe too.

    3. Whilst volunteering in Bulgaria (6 months) I will be involved in teaching local school children about caring for and understanding dogs (street dogs there are often considered pests)

    4. If admission to the course landed in my lap, I’d be able to understand my scared of everything ex street/kennel puppy and be able to help her in the best way, she is a special dog and is from the rescue I’m volunteering for.

    It will shape care I’ll be able to deliver to help the dogs who are currently being adopted via the rescue. At the dog rescue I hope to be able to help the dogs who’ve been there the longest and when staff see close up how it helps their animals that they help the dogs in the same way.

    The fostered puppies I get to help will be testament to this course too. For the children who learn, I believe they will be the change in their country to end the barbaric abuse of street dogs.

    I think I’m supposed to help the dogs in Bulgaria and I believe I found out about your course at just the right time.

  4. Dear Karolina,

    Thank you for sharing your amazing teaching and knowledge. I am Mother Mary Veronica Fitch a Catholic Sister who is beginning a new Catholic congregation in Marshfield Wisconsin. Animal assisted therapy is one of its main ministries.

    I believe thousands of animals could benefit directly or indirectly from my taking the course. Our dogs, cats and horses number 15 and I do a considerable amount of teaching in person, online and on DirecTV. Most of the more public teaching does not directly deal with animals. However teachings about animals and how to handle them, are effective and understandable examples for teaching human beings about relationships with humans and animals. I would be enabled to better understand emotions and how to apply this new knowledge for the good of all. Alot of suffering in this world is not intentionally caused and is not necessary. It is easy to misunderstand, misjudge and consequently mishandle animals or people without correct knowledge. If people had more exposure and understanding of this science- based knowledge the world would be a happier place. If I learn the information in the emotions course well, I can teach others how to apply it in their relationships with themselves, others and in relationships with their animals!

    I know this course would help me to be a better, kinder and healthier person. With God’s grace and this knowledge I can help more people and more animals along this same pathway.

    Many blessings to you, Karolina!

  5. I live in the north of the Netherlands. Taking interesting courses always costs a lot of travel time and therefore also a lot of money. That money must always be earned and because of money it is not possible for me to do another course.
    Dozens of animals will benefit from your course because I have followed the 4 free with great interest and have already learned a lot. I’m sorry I can’t watch these free courses several more times.
    I have cats, sheep, ponies and dogs myself. Sometimes I breed a litter of dog puppies and then I guide the new owners as well as possible. In addition, I give riding lessons (in which posture, sitting, emotions are part) and dog training such as Detection training, trailing, body awareness, Treibbal and Brainteasers and puzzles. I give group lessons at a dog school, but at home I mainly give private lessons to people where either the human or the dog cannot easily learn together with others. Sometimes I help people for free because they can not pay for help or course. We do a lot of looking at behavior and emotions, so your knowledge is really very valuable to me and I can integrate it very well in my lessons to my horse and dog clients.
    I have shared the free courses to all my friends and students because it is realy joyfull and interesting stuf for everybody with animal. I keep my fingers crossed.

  6. Hi Karolina!
    My name is Anu and I live in Estonia. I just finished watching the short course and I feel that I would really need more in-depth knowledge about animal emotions.
    I have a Scottish Terrier named Dharma. We have completed the therapy dog exam with him and participate in search and rescue dog training.
    If I could participate in the course, not only my own dog, but also all the other dogs I come into contact with during the above-mentioned activities would benefit from it.
    Better communication with my dog, understanding and considering his emotions helps to improve my relationship with both my dog and other dogs.
    If admission to the Animal Emotions course fell into my lap, I would have better knowledge and would be more confident and could more firmly stand for the welfare of animals.
    In my voluntary work, I come into contact with many people, I could be a good example in dealing with dogs and considering their needs.
    Sincerely, Anu

  7. Hello and greetings from the Netherlands. A year ago I made a huge switch in my life, following my heart’s longing, and started working with dogs. I am an eager learner and to gain insights in the world of animal emotions based on scientific research through your upcoming course would be so very interesting. In my “new calling” I give private lessons at peoples’ homes to help owners of puppies and young dogs (re)create a bond with their dog, based on respect and understanding. I help them see how they can support their dog to overcome fears and “bad” behavior, and I show them how to teach the dog desired behavior in a loving and fun way. I love what I do and am thrilled by the idea that I am helping dogs live happier lives where they feel heard and understood.
    So far I have been fortunate to work with some 50 dogs, and I hope to expand my work to reach 100+ dog owners yearly, that together with my own 2 dogs, will benefit from the course.
    I yearn to understand more deeply and widely how the underlying emotions of dogs affect their behavior, so that I will be able to help dog owners understand and interact with their dogs in the best way. I am also hoping to expand my offer to the dog world with helping dogs that have special anxieties – the Animal Emotions course would be a step in that direction.
    Crossing my fingers I will be granted your scholarship! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  8. Hi. Not only do I live with two Lhasa Apsos – a retired bitch from a breeder and one of her sons – but my kids just got a puppy, destined to be my autistic/adhd sons service animal, and their roommate has a very fearful German shepherd with birth defect.
    So … a temperamental me and a lot of tension going on.
    But I’m also managing a mental challenge within and am retired with physical disability as well!
    No funds are available even though Denmark – where I live – provides enough in pension to live a nice life. Which is why I grudgingly ask for help to go on with your courses.
    I enjoyed the knowledge provided in your free course. It really gave new perspectives.
    I attend training in a dog club every week – rally – and I’d love to take this further. Helping in the club, in my family and with my friends’ dogs is always a treat to me, and would improve with more knowledge than the training I received growing up with the family dogs. The rally trainer in the club helps a lot too.
    So much was done wrong in my past, yet my instincts has helped a lot through the years and I’d like to keep on learning.
    With regards
    Tina Munch

  9. Hello! I live with my husband, thee kids, a dog and a cat in Estonia. I`m also attending lessons of International Dog Trainer School of Norway because I want to become a dog trainer and a behaviourist. I have started the puppy lessons to teach people how to give a right start to a new family member and how to treat a dog taking into account its natural needs and instincts. In future I want to start helping dogs and their owners to solve more difficult problems. I would like to see happy dogs and their satisfied caregivers.
    At first when I started to study in Norway Dog Trainer’s school I just wanted to understand my dog but as my knowledge increases I realised that there are so many unhappy dogs I could help. There are also so many people who need to be given that knowledge so that they can make right decisions and their dog`s life more happy.
    Karolina,I liked how you explained the different emotions of animals and how we can best help them. My dream is to know as much as possible about it and pass on my knowledge! I know that your course will help me!
    Thank you for doing this!

  10. Greetings, Karolina! I just finished watching the short course and already have learned so much! I am hoping that you will consider my application and invite me to take the entire course.
    My family and I live in the United States in Michigan. My husband is a CPDT and uses R+ training methods. My two daughters (14 and 28) and I have been soaking up his experiences and I, especially, have become very interested in becoming a trainer. I’m hoping to pursue training even more when I retire from my full-time job in November this year. We have 3 dogs, a cat, and a ferret who would all directly benefit! In addition, I love to help my co-workers and friends, and people who have questions on social media. There are so many who cannot afford a trainer. I love to pass along what I’ve learned and advice from my husband to those who need help. As you well know, it’s unbelievably satisfying and I love to think that I am helping to promote positive methods!
    If you choose to award a scholarship to me, I will study diligently and will pass the knowledge along to many others! Additionally, my husband will benefit as well, since he and I talk training most days, and I will certainly be discussing what I’ve learned from you!
    Thank you for reading this application and for giving the short course! Even if you don’t choose me, I have already learned things that I will use to help many people and their pets.
    Sincerely, Linda

  11. I live in England, Uk
    Hundreds if not thousands of animals could benefit from what I would gain from this course, I currently work in one of the biggest UK animal charities as a Trainer and my passion will forever stay with rescues. All animals I will encounter throughout my entire life will benefit.
    Within my job I work with both animal and adopters, so not only will animals benefit I have a huge outreach to pet owners that I would love to help. I teach 1-2-1s for specific behaviours our dogs show in kennels plus help train other members of staff.
    I think enrolling in this course would be amazing for the community I work in, having a voice within public I want to educate more owners, or potential owners out there for them to spread to the word also, I love keeping up to date with all the wonderful training that comes out. I want to help every dog I work with find a forever family that truly understands them.. so I need to as well as much as I can! I could also help with struggling owners who may be wanting to give up a pet for behavioural reasons that they don’t understand, keeping a dog in a loving home is even better than finding a new one. I truly hope you consider me for this scholarship as I aim to educate as many people as possible with the information I know I will gather from you!

  12. I live on a minor island in Denmark called Bornholm, where I am a part of the local branch of the Danish Kennel Club.
    This local branch covers a greater part of the dog training and human education.

    In my household I have 2 (soon 3) dogs and a horse.
    I’m teaching at least 5 different courses (from puppies to competition).
    I mostly have 3 classes a week all year round.
    When teaching I often try to talk about emotion, confidence and wellbeing of the dog because I find it extremely important.
    I often find myself being aware of how the animal feels and I’m good at making them feel better in my hands, but it would be so much more rewarding for the animals, if I could teach the owners, how they see themselves and how to make their relationship better.
    But when asked for evidence or explanation, I come short and can “only” refer to questions like how would you prefer to be treated? What motivates you and why do you think your dog will work without ? Or if you want your dog to shine in this exercise it needs to feel confident.
    In whats left of my free-time I’m also training horses and teaching young ones about reward based training, so that they don’t have to punish unwanted behavior in the stables.

    There’s no doubt in my heart, that people I come across actually wants to do right by their animals, but don’t know how to do so ore they feel pressured to act on a unwanted behavior whit punishment from people around them. It’s important for me to be a part of the changes and would love more tools on this journey.

  13. I’m Renée. I live in Zeist, in the center of the Netherlands. Over the last few years I have worked on a voluntary basis as parttime caregiver in a local animal shelter. Working with shelter dogs made me eager to learn how I could increase their welfare and enable them to have a better change on finding a new home.

    I have decreased my billable hours as a freelance secretary to invest time in working with and learning from shelter dogs. I also invested in a professional study and am now a certified dog training instructor. I specifically chose to become an instructor, not just a dog trainer, because I strongly believe that to increase animal welfare you need to teach those who work or live with animals.

    I aspire to spread my knowledge over as many people as possible in the coming years and with that, expand the number of animals that benefit. Nowadays I teach other volunteers at two shelters (Zeist and Amsterdam).

    I work for free, because shelters don’t have enough resources to pay for anything more than housing, feeding and medical care for their animals.

    I’m still learning though and long to expand my knowledge even further. But my finances leave no room for that. I could only invest in more education if I work more billable hours as a secretary and thus limit my voluntary work with shelter dogs. I’m not willing to do so yet. But I would love to learn from you!

  14. 1. I live near Chicago, Illinois.
    2. 100-200 dogs and their humans would directly or indirectly benefit from my taking the course.
    3. I am a certified dog trainer with my own training business. I also assist a local behavior consultant and two online behaviorists in the UK, and I volunteer for a local dog rescue that finds homes for stray dogs.
    4. Admission to the Animal Emotions course would help me to better understand the emotional experiences of both the dogs and people I serve. I am currently assisting with cases involving chronic fear, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, and reactivity. Personally, I know the most about fear and reactivity because my own dog is reactive due to two attacks by other dogs. This gives me deep empathy for her, for other fearful and reactive dogs, and for the guardians of other dogs. But I struggle to communicate with guardians who lack empathy for their dogs’ behavior issues, especially if they just expect to “fix” their dog. Recently, I referred a client to a behavior consultant, not because I didn’t know how to help the dog, but because the guardian made halfhearted efforts to follow instructions and continued punishing her fearful dog, then blamed me that the training was not working.

  15. 1. I live in a small town on my parents farm in South Africa.
    2. I have 8 dogs and 4 cats of my own plus many other farm animals, that’s not counting all the dogs where I work.
    3. Yes, I do animal related training and teaching(dogs). Health issues stopped my competitive horse riding career, so I turned to dog training during Covid, where I realized my incredible passion for dogs and reason/purpose for why I was spared my life.
    4. The course would help me with my incredible passion I have found for dogs. I am incredibly lucky to be learning under a COAPE trainer. We always have “difficult” dogs coming in for training, and I feel that the course will help me to understand these dogs in particular, as well as all the others that come into our care, far better from an emotional level. The course will help me develop as a person and trainer, to better my skills in my classes that I teach. I have a deep interest in how dogs learn, their noses, and understanding them better on an emotional level. I feel that learning more about emotions will help me in my quest to help dogs on an emotional level. The course will make a huge difference in my life and the dogs lives that I work with as well as the owners.

  16. Hello! I live in Campo Grande, Brazil.
    I’m an animal scientist, we’ve been researching how environmental enrichment can reduce stress in horses. I use EquiFACS in my research so I’ve been working a lot with facial expressions. This course will be a unique opportunity, where I’ll be able to refine my understanding of animal emotion. I’m sure this will contribute to future ideas for research and I’ll be able to bring this information to a lot of professionals and students working with horses since I give lectures all over the country about horse behavior, welfare, and training based on scientific knowledge.
    Unfortunately, the value of our currency in Brazil makes it impossible for me to afford the course and that is why I am applying for the scholarship. I’m committed to this, and I know it would be a game-changer for me and others around me.

  17. I live in a small community in Goffstown, NH, USA

    I’m a volunteer for a large organization that shelters, feeds, gives medical care, and emotional and behavioral/enrichment support to a very large number of animals coming from cases of abuse, hoarding, neglect, puppy mills, and dog fighting among others including rescuing dogs from meat markets in South Korea. These cases range from 50-400 animals, also 1 case of 4,000 rescued beagles from a research breeding center. I’ve been volunteering with this organization since 2012 and have worked on approximately 11 long-term cases across 8 states in that time, usually helping 1 week a month. Worked weekly for 15 months on a neglect/abuse case of 84 great danes in NH.

    I’ve no formal training & the only training role I have is to teach new volunteers how to clean, feed, and posture with the animals so as to not stress them out more than they already are.

    This scholarship would help me learn so much, hence enabling me to become the best volunteer I’m capable of being for so many animals in so many places. It would also assist me in becoming more helpful to the staff and the volunteers I work with. Knowing is a powerful tool in the sheltering world. Helping animals, especially those coming from horrible situations, is a passion for me. I want to learn everything I can to make all animals feel comfortable, loved, and fear-free. Every animal deserves love and respect.

  18. 1. I live in Vilkaviskis district, Lithuania, in a village of 1000 residents.
    2. Every month around 30 dogs directly and around 100+ indirectly as I post online.
    3. I have a puppy course and a dog show preparation course online. I also give free lectures in public cafes about responsible ownership and I am preparing an online course for wanna-be dog trainers about the most important dog training aspects and a special course on body language for vets. My main focus is emotion rather than precision in obedience (my main hands-on work is reactivity and anxiety solving)
    4. I would gain more tools to explain animal behavior, as working with more challenging situations sometimes is too challenging! My recent wave of clients is aggressive, reactive dogs that will be put to sleep if we don’t find a solution. I love working with them and making a difference, but at the same time, I feel pressured to solve the problem asap. Sometimes I spend so much time on output that I forget to fill my head with new ideas and improve. I believe this course would help me to find more motivation in this demanding task. I want to be able to explain better the behavior for the owner and society in general, especially when people need to tackle dangerous behavior. Also, having at least an online community of think-alike people helps to feel less alone after another encounter with an aggressive dog and its desperate owners.

    1. I live in Carmarthenshire, Wales (UK).
      If I were to take this course then many, many animals would benefit. Those who would benefit directly are my own animals, and those owned by my employer (approximately 50 in total), including dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, small mammals, goats, horses and reptiles. Indirectly – potentially thousands, as my knowledge gained from this course would be passed on to my students; I teach veterinary nursing and animal husbandry students, from entry level through to degree.
      If I were admitted to the Animal Emotions course it would help me to develop a far greater understanding of animal emotions and this would help me in my day to day handling and husbandry of the animals I am involved with, thereby having a positive impact on their welfare and quality of life. I am a qualified veterinary nurse who teaches animal care and veterinary nursing students, but although I have an advanced degree the topic of animal emotions was not covered in any of my qualifications. I would love to develop my knowledge in this area so that I can pass it onto my students, who in turn will pass it onto their colleagues, clients and customers when they graduate and find employment in animal industries. It is my goal to inspire my learners to provide animals with the best possible care in order for them to live their best life and for animals and people to develop mutually respectful relationships.

  19. 1. New Brunswick, Canada
    2. In my care are dogs (4), cats (2), horses (5), and chickens. I am also a new LIMA-based horse trainer with over two dozen horses among my students. These animals and their humans will directly benefit from my taking this course as I incorporate the content into my teaching and share knowledge.
    3. I am a new horse trainer trying to spread the word, build community, and offer support and guidance to other horse owners and caregivers. I am passionate about sharing all information that can help humans and horses live together peacefully. As a scientist by trade and training, I strive to make accessible as much information as I can acquire to my community and remove as many barriers as possible between horse owners and the ethical and informed treatment and care of their horses.
    4. Admission to this course would give me a deeper and structured means to explore animal emotions to help other horse owners learn to do the same. There are limited opportunities in my area of Canada and having access to this course would ensure more people learn this information in an area in desperate need. I have a particular desire to help traumatized horses overcome their past and help them learn to associate humans with love and care. Due to limited resources I have yet to be able to take a structured course; I would be thrilled to take this course and share the information with others.

  20. Hi! I’m an American living in Sligo, Ireland. I don’t teach, but I’m a student of an accredited Applied Canine Communication and Behaviour course as well as the Trust Technique. My goal is to have my own dog sanctury as well as doing research with street and village dogs in foreign countries as they have my heart. I have spent the past 1.5 years recovering from nerve damage in both arms and thus lost my personal source of income as a polymer clay artist and pet memorial creator. Instead I’ve pursued my other passion – working with dogs. I have my own 2 rescues with fear/anxiety issues I’m working with, and will be working part time with a shelter in Mayo in the next few months to help as much as I can while I continue to heal my body and expand my mind with my studies. I want to learn and experience everything I can so that I can help heal and care for all the dogs that I come in contact with, as this is where my heart is leading me to – to do what I can where I can. I understand there are many others in need so if I don’t get this then it went to whom it was meant for. Either way your class is on my list and I look forward to learning from you, now or in the future. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  21. I live in the state of Illinois,USA.

    I volunteer at a county shelter, which at any given time typically has sixty to one hundred dogs.
    I also personally have four Labrador Retrievers.

    In addition to the shelter work, I support therapy dog visits with my Labradors. We visit hospitals, long term care facilities, libraries and children’s groups.

    If awarded this opportunity, I would be able to develop an understanding of behavior that could possibly literally affect a dog being euthanized, as well as share learnings with other volunteers who support shelters.

    Thank-you for the opportunity!
    Respectfully, Karen Mordan

  22. 1. I live in the south of Sweden in a small town called Hjärsås.
    2. Exept my own 8 dogs, I hope to better help the puppies that are born at my place and placed in loving homes, to better understand how to help their new familymembers to thrive and be selfsecure and trusting familymembers.
    3. I’m holding courses, in rally-O, gametracking, retrieving, and I hope that I better can help them get the understanding on how to train their beloved dogs and come forward and be more ”selfhelping”, getting better understanding for how closely a dogs emotion states of mind affects the efficiensy of learning.
    4. It would be lifechanging! I hope I would be looked at as a ”better person” in my dogs eyes, that they will feel, wow my mom is our besties! I also hope that I would be abel to help both puppybuyers, friends and familylmemers, to better understand dogs and their behaviour and how to help the dog out and create a trusting and loving bound together. Helping people understand arrousal level in training is a key point of succeed in training, just like you say, and I would love to have better keys from you, to be abel to better explain and help peple to understand! To be a better trainer for both my dogs, others dogs, and other people!
    Thank you so much for offering this scholarship program!

  23. Hi, My name is Christel El Haddad. I am a certified dog trainer & have been working with dogs since 2014. I learned many training techniques since I started in the field and now I use science based methods which proves to be more effective.
    I was born in Lebanon (Beirut) & moved out last year because of political corruption & inflation. My husband & I, our 7 pets, left Beirut & moved to Tbilisi where we also rescued an extra kitten. We have 4 dogs & 4 cats of our own.
    In Tbilisi, there are plenty of strays on the street & many humans do not know how to act around them. Many good people rescue these strays and don’t know how to build a good relationship with them & how to make them more confident.
    We mostly host dogs at our home, mostly rescues, and do our best to make them feel at home. But this is really hard work without any help from qualified scientific based professionals. I have a a fair experience in the science of animal behavior but willing to gain even more knowledge.
    I think this course will help me, my husband & mainly the rescuers here in Tbilisi so we can be able to benefit the dogs that are lucky to be in a home. This will make a big difference in understanding truly how dogs’ brain work and how to deal effectively with their emotions.
    Thank you.

  24. Hello
    1. I live in Gothenburg, Sweden
    2. I have two dogs that will benefit directly and huge number of dogs in the neighbourhood and at work who are most likely being misunderstood.
    3. I do not do any animal-related teaching. Thought I do talk willingly with people who want to listen about every day joys and challenges that living with dogs include.
    4. I come from Ukraine and I got my dogs before the war began. The beginning of the war coincided with the time that my dogs entered adolescence and I just felt helpless and lost both in life and dog training. I begin to get accustomed to the world situation and at the same time I got the chance to listen to your free training about emotions impact behaviour and was inspired and curious and hopeful to go on. I notice that when I take with me understanding of my dog behaviour and stop for a while outside to train I impact my neighbours and their dogs. And though I try to keep distance they always tend to get closer to train their dogs as well. It spreads like ripples.

  25. 1. Wales, UK
    2. 2 dogs of my own, plus my current and all my future training and behaviour clients.
    3. I’m a dog trainer and also currently working my way towards my full Clinical Animal Behaviourist assessment/status.
    4. I completed my degree in Canine Behaviour and Training back in 2015 which I really enjoyed but it wasn’t until I’d been in the field longer I realised that the degree I did was very focused on learning theory and behaviourism, and we did very little on ethology and the emotional side of animal behaviour. My focus now when working with clients is to always consider the underlying emotional state first but I would absolutely love to learn more about the Core Affect Space model and the Core systems, as well as things like mood state and how all that influences our own and our animals behaviour. This would I feel really enhance my work with clients and my own personal life too. My own mental health issues stemming from undiagnosed (until recently) Autism and ADHD have meant I have really struggled with being able to work full time and earn enough meaning that there is no money for CPD and further learning at the present time. I have watched this free mini course for the last three years now and would just love to be able to do the full course. Many thanks for your consideration.

  26. Hello, i live in Pesaro, Italy.
    I am a professional dog trainer and i am the owner of a social farm. My partners in work are 7 dogs, 4 cats, 5 horses 2 donkeys, 5 goats, 7 ducks and 20 chicken. Plus i have 2 parrots and 7 turtles. Most of the animals who live in the farm are saved animals from difficult situations.
    i have an animal related job since I mostly work in animal assisted therapy.
    I actually have taken the animal emotion course last year but I could not attend it because I had different life related difficulties plus i have been hacked and i got all my accounts blocked. I am actually doing an experimental project of introducing adults affected by autism in the farm work, firstly by forming them in the job and hopefully being able to offer them a job. Actually the two boys helping me are a 29 and 24 years old with severe autism. One of them does not speak Italian and i am also working on teaching him the words related to the job. Basically they will take care of the animals by cleaning and being the care givers of the animals according to their capabilities, we are working on the routines and the relationship with the animals. It is important for me to take the course (and finish it this time) because I think it is important to understand as much as possible my animals emotion especially when they are around people with disability (of any kind) in order to prevent stress and being able to be sure that they consent to interact with the people coming to do activities in the farm.

  27. Hello, I live in the UK with my husband, our own seven dogs, and whatever foster dogs that come to our charity need our help whose numbers naturally fluctuate. I also have a passion for horses, and we live in a village with a very high horse population. Twenty years ago my husband and I set up a registered charity for the rescue/rehoming and welfare of dogs. Our current intake has a high ratio of young dogs with problems, mainly due to the number of puppies purchased during the Covid Pandemic. These need a great deal of understanding and a higher level of understanding of their emotions would be a tremendous asset. Our own dogs all came to us as ‘rescues’ and remained because of their problems which have now been helped.

    I have an insatiable thirst for learning animal topics, and my biggest interest is in behavioural work. Animal communication is a huge interest for me. Before Covid we held educational events for our volunteers and owners and hope to do this again from the Spring. A greater knowledge and understanding of animal emotions would be a huge benefit which hopefully would be passed on to our delegates. This would be extremely beneficial to the animals that come into our care, most of whom need a good measure of understanding. I feel that the benefits of doing this course would be enormous to so many people and animals that we deal with and strive to help.

  28. Hi, I am a caregiver of 2 Spaniels I live in the UK and I have done numerous courses on dog training and behavior, my eldest dog is very anxious due to negative events and arthritic pain, and I have recently found out my youngest has elbow dysplasia and is now exhibiting fear responses even though both dogs are on medication, I want to become a volunteer in a rescue center, but at the moment I am caring for my disabled husband, I feel this course will help me in understanding my dogs and help them in a kind way.

  29. I live in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, USA where I work as a naturalist at a small nonprofit museum. I am the primary trainer for three education raptors with whom I teach public programs about birds, raptors, and wildlife conservation. I am also an aspiring cat behavior consultant, write blog posts about cats and animal training, and am a cat volunteer at a local animal shelter. I live in a rural area with few animal professionals, so I hope to be a resource for the community to help connect people with the animals around them.

    I have watched several of Karolina’s free videos and am always amazed at how they change my perspective when working with animals. A deeper understanding of animal emotions gained through this course would help me understand the motivations of my raptors, whose avian body language can be more difficult to read than some mammals. It would help me address cats with fear or aggression in the shelter and help them be more likely to get adopted. I am also hoping to consult on cases of cat behavior problems where it will be important to identify and know how to manage emotions in these cats. And perhaps most importantly, I am passionate about teaching pet owners a new way to relate to their pets and how to improve their animals’ welfare. I even think the course will help me understand my own emotions as well, which could make me a better animal trainer overall.

  30. 1. Hi! I live in Russia, and this year me and my family are moving to the Netherlands. I am a psychologist, pet behaviorist, and now I am studying towards a degree in veterinary medicine. I work as a behaviorist and also as an intern in neurology department in a vet clinic.
    2. I believe that many animals would benefit from me taking this course, because I spend much effort to educate veterinary staff in animal behavior.
    3. I give lectures in my clinic and online, and I hope that this helps a lot of pets who go to the vet. Unfortunately, the quality of veterinary education in this field is very poor in Russia, and many doctors still talk about dominance issues and e-collars. I see the growing need in modern, science-based information among vets, and the response to such knowledge is usually very encouraged.
    4. I already have some knowledge about emotions due to my previous education, but I am sure that this course will be very helpful and will provide me with new information to share and to make the lives of our pets better. I truly enjoyed your free mini-course, but right now I cannot afford myself to buy a full course due to political circumstances in my country and our following immigration.

  31. My name is Karianne and I’m a reward based dogtrainer in Bergen, Norway. I am always looking for more knowledge about dogtraining and how to understand dogs better. Last fall i startet my dogtraining business on a full time scale and have since then taking a lot of courses do be a better dogtrainer, and give all dogs a voice. My aim is to educate more people in how to train their dogs in a positive way, and giving them more knowledge about dogs emotions, language and behaviour. I love your way of thinking, and the way you is communicating when you educate! I hope you will consider my application. If we know better, we do better.

    Best regards
    Karianne, Poteterapi

  32. I live in Finland, Espoo. I have three dogs, one of whom has problems with fear as well as over-arousal. I have difficulty understanding her behavior, and want to learn more to help her better. I also work part-time as a dog trainer and have noticed a lot of problems with owners not understanding that dogs have emotions. We still have some issues with aversive technique-trainers, and explaining what we know about dog emotions now, may help to reconsider that type of training. I want to make sure, that the animals I care for as well as help with training, will have the modern techniques used and understandings of animal emotions. As an occupational therapist, I know how emotions plays a part in occupational function and participation. I want to understand better this correlation in animals as well, as I intend to work with animal assisted therapy. I also want to make this kind of important information more accessible for the pet-owners as well, so this course would be an ideal part of my project in making social media information-posts, posters and videos. And as a confirmation to the information being current and trustworthy, the sources for this information and where to learn more, is an important part of it all. For studies, own animals, part-time jobs and life circumstances, I can’t buy this course now but would have the enthusiasm and time to study now, learn about this important subject and pass it forward in accessible ways.

  33. 1. I live in Perth, WA
    2. I am hoping this will benefit thousands of Horses in the future who are part of the Equine Industry.
    3. I am an Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner and a student of +R training
    4. I am setting up an Equischolars program for people to better understand horse behaviour
    It is to teach young people who wish to go in to a career in the Equine industry to better understand horse and herd behaviour. And their welfare needs.
    I see so many horses that are so misunderstood, labelled naughty, bad ,lazy or stupid without people looking at the underlying behavioural issue which is presenting in the labelled behaviour.
    I think the change needs to come from young people entering any Equine industry. The standards and treatment of these beautiful sentient beings needs addressing. The knowledge they will learn from Equischolars and your great program will greatly benefit many horses.
    I have such a passion for horses and have been on a learning journey about them, physically and mentally. I love to teach my clients and people about horse behaviour that they have no idea about. I feel this course will greatly enhance knowledge that I can pass on for the benefit of our wonderful horses through the education of people.

  34. I am Melissa from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. I am a human healthcare provider and a certified professional dog trainer. I focus on coaching humans to have great relationships with their animals, as well as reward based training (assistance dogs, dogs & healthcare/human service providers who provide animal assisted activities, therapy and education, and pet dogs). I offer in-person and virtual training (~ 50 direct/year, and frequent international workshops (with several thousand attendees per year) for many organizations and memberships each year I teach a university Animal Assisted Intervention Certificate Course and am currently developing curriculum for another university. My passion is not only human-animal interactions, but helping people learn what makes dogs tick, how dogs experience the world, and solid welfare practices for these human-dog teams that provide such valuable services. My work relates directly to people with disabilities. The attendees to my courses, workshops, and sessions are healthcare/human service providers who incorporate their dogs into their clients/patients sessions- Animal Assisted Therapy. Each one of these people sees hundreds to thousands of clients per year. It is critical that they gain competency & ensure they understand their dog, and prevent physical, cognitive or social-emotional harm. That is where I come in, and that means that I need reputable continuing education so I can stay current. Your courses are amongst my favorite and those that I recommend the most in my work.

  35. Hello I am Tessa and I live in the Netherlands.
    I think a lot of my animal friends would benefit from this course. My own dogs, the horse I take care of… But most off all (my biggest passion): lots and lots of shelter dogs! I work fulltime for the charity ‘Dutch Cell Dogs’ as an instructor. We train shelterdogs in coöperation with inmates in detention centjes. so the dogs (and also people) learn to be loved, to trust and to learn (we work with clicker training). We do this with as much shelter dogs as we can, throughout the whole country. We select shelterdogs who need and deserve second chances. Some are very much afraid, confused or frustrated. This program helps them to evolve and get bigger chances to be rehomed. So this course would benefit hundreds of shelter dogs! And think even bigger; the inmates become better ‘dog people’ because of our program: the more we can teach them about emotions, the more we will work on better welfare for dogs. They will tell their community, they will spread knowledge in the right places. Even after detention. Understanding animal emotions is the key for better welfare and less abuse in communities I think. Thats why I also teach people in (poorer) communities about dogs and what they need. With the charity we do this for free. So every person can learn about dog behaviour, welfare and training

  36. Hey, my name is Jonas and I work as a dog trainer in an animal shelter in Germany. We are specialized on dogs who are hard to rehome due to behavioral issues. I train them force free, using positive reinforcement. I work with approximately 20 dogs in our shelter plus dog training clients who visit us for training. Fortunately, we work together with the German association for animal rights and try to make the positive way of teaching animals more popular. First steps are done for I am booked as a speaker on the topic stressless animal handling in shelters. Emotions, understanding and dealing with them are so important! And, to be honest, my SEEKING system is getting activated whenever I see a possibility to learn more about dog behaviour.

  37. Hi from England, UK. I moved here 10 years ago, but planned were only 3. After most of this time unemployed, I want a new perspective. In 2020 we got a dog, which we thought would enrich our life, but I am struggling with my mental health and our dog is struggling with her mental health. We are both anxious pessimists. Recently, I spent my savings on a course about dog behaviour and care to get a degree and become a dog-training instructor, because I was hoping to gain more knowledge to help my dog and then help other dogs like her too. But self-study is worse with ill mental health and I feel like I wasted the money as I am months or years away from the degree, if I go on like this vicious cycle of feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. We worked with a trainer for the dog, which is why I thought it would be great to learn more and give back to others in our situation once qualified. The good thing is, the course started with basics about emotions and behaviour. I did not only learn about dogs, but I could see how it applies to humans. Now I need to learn more about this and try applying it to my dog and myself too. I feel your course would boost my knowledge in this area immensely. It can help us and later help us help others. Thank you.

  38. 1. I live in Liverpool, UK.

    2. A great number of dogs will benefit from me taking the course as I help out remotely at a shelter in Singapore providing advice and feedback for the dogs there that display fearful and reactive behaviours. I also work with dog training clients, around the world virtually, with dogs that display fearful and reactive behaviours. Being able to understand their emotions better would help me help them all better, including the humans who may find this stressful. I also have a large-ish Instagram platform and a new, smaller Patreon platform where I share some of my knowledge about dogs and people have found that helpful.

    3. I teach the dog training clients I work with as well as some of the volunteers at the shelter. I also occasionally present webinars.

    4. I believe it would help me help people understand their dogs more effectively and therefore learn to empathise and be more compassionate to their dogs. With that, they will be more likely to use humane and compassionate training methods too. It would mean a huge deal to me as with the cost of living crisis in the UK at the moment, I am struggling financially to get continuing education, while at the same time trying to provide accessible help for dog guardians who need it.

  39. 1.South-africa
    2.many animals,I am currently a apprentice to a working dog trainer,the methods and how the industry thinks of dogs can be very outdated without taking into account emotional welfare .I would like to change the way these dogs are perceived ,as emotional state and welfare will influence performance also.
    I am also learning to be a decoy for protection work,and I think learning more about emotions could benefit both me and the dogs. on one training sessions with family and their pets for reactivity mostly.
    4.I’m hoping to be the change,and a new generation of trainers of k9s,even if I only influence 1 mind, I would be content as it would have a ripple effect of the treatment of all dogs going through their hands I would also apply the information when I am one day experienced enough to start working with these dogs on my own.

  40. 1. Jag bor på en liten gård i Småland Sverige.
    2. Förhoppningsvis en massa då jag praktiskt arbetar som elit fear free sköterska på kliniker samt utbildar beteendeutredare inom hundvärlden så det här är tänkt att sprida fler ringar på vattnet i rasande takt. Den fysiska och mentala hälsan hänger ihop!
    3. Se ovan. Ja jag utbildar och föreläser för både kollegor inom djursjukvården och inom beteendedelen hos hundfolk. Även för katthem osv.
    4. Igen, se ovan. Som jag ser det är det viktigt att ha ett finger i varje syltburk. Fysisk välfärd, mental välfärd, etisk förändring av beteende och känslor osv. Allt behöver beaktas för en helhet.
    (Har själv 3 katter, 3 hundar, 6 höns, 4 hästar och en sköldpadda som alla utgår ifrån att jag håller mig uppdaterad och på tårna gällande deras välfärd samtidigt som mina kunder och patienter ska få samma chans. Bidraget ekonomiskt skulle hjälpa 100% då min bil precis brakade ihop förra veckan och jag tvingades att köpa ny…
    Hälsningar Jenny

  41. 1. Montcerf-Lytton, Québec, Canada, in my handmade yurt in the forest

    2. A lot.

    3. Yes. I am building the foundations of my dog training enterprise and artisanal products that I make with love (woven collars, leashes, felt clothes, embroidered dog beds, etc), Chienbiose. I have formed myself with two certifications: Formation CoeurCanin of Zuzanna Kubica and Aggression in Dogs Master Course of Michael Shikashio. I attend to work days with a dog trainer Daniel Sterl from Un Homme et des Chiens and am starting to have some consultations with clients.

    4. I have wanted to be an ethologist. I am passionate when I hear ethologist and neuroscientific deepness about animal behavior and find it brings immesurable clarity to this field that I chose because I want to help expand animal welfare from the source: educating humans in understanding their animals and how to be efficient, whilst freeing animals from violence, one relationship at a time. I am dedicated to forming myself strongly, so that I can be efficient and very clear with clients so that I can make my difference in this core mission. And I know that adding profound understanding of emotions and ”the why” will deeply precise the efficiency of the information I bring to a specific situation. When I was a child, I would imagine myself speaking to and changing myself in different animals… It is my deep calling: being the translator for those who’se voice is so often misheard, cultivating safe, compassionate and gentle social environments.

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