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The Truth About Cats and Dogs

What is your cat revealing to you when she purrs? What is your dog expressing when he yawns or wags his tail? Understanding your cat and dog’s behaviour and the way they communicate with you, will enable you to better understand their needs and strengthen your relationship with them. This MOOC is divided into five topics, the appliance of science; behaviour and body language, senses and perception; challenges for the human-animal relationship, including pet problem behaviour; and how to improve the quality of life for cats and dogs in our care. At the start of the course we ask you to consider what you feel is important to your cat/dog and what your cat/dog means to you? We explore the world of cats and dogs and how our relationships with them vary around the world and have changed over time. We ask if we can really know what our animals are thinking or trying to communicate through their facial expressions and behaviours. From our beloved pets to street dogs, shelter dogs/cats and welfare challenges, we explore the world from their perspective and examine how their genetic make-up may influence their behavioural responses and choices. We dispel common behavioural myths by looking through a scientific lens, asking questions about the function and development of their behaviour.. We explore how their senses help them to interact with their world and how they communicate with each other and us! Finally, we ask whether we impose unrealistic expectations on our cats and dogs and how this affects their ability to live alongside us. We ask, what can we do to be more responsible pet owners and to ensure the welfare of all cats and dogs in society? This MOOC explores different scientifically validated methods that can help you to better understand your pet, to enrich their lives and help you to be a more educated and confident pet owner. We hope you enjoy the course!

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Rating 4.6 based on 216 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts Jul 3 (13 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From The University of Edinburgh via Coursera
Instructors Dr Amy Miele, Miss Hayley Walters, RVN, Professor Nat Waran, Louise Connelly, Dr Heather Bacon, Miss Hayley Walters, MBE, RVN
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Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Life Sciences Animals And Veterinary Science Animal Health

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cats and dogs

This is a great course for anyone interested in the behavior and welfare of cats and dogs.

I loved The Truth About Cats and Dogs and I want to take this course again sometime!

It was very informative and I learned a great deal about how both cats and dogs behave and I have applied much of what I learned successfully to the way I handle my pet cat.

I learnt some key concepts and facts about cats and dogs.

~Strongly recommend to everyone, who is interested in cats and dogs behaviour Este curso, en conjunto con el curso "Animal behaviour and Welfare" de la Universidad de Edimburgo han sido de los cursos más completos, didácticos, dinámicos y "bonitos" que he tomado en Cousera.

For all cats and dogs owners and lovers!!!!

This course gave me much insight into my cats and dogs in my life, and I thought I knew a lot already!

Not sure that its relevant to cover cats and dogs in one course as the nature of the course is for animal owners to learn about their pet.

It's a fun and light course that provides solid information on exactly what it says: cats and dogs.

I an a vet and I highly recommend it to allvpet lovers, pet owners or people that work with cats and dogs.

Thanks a lot Nice overview A quick stab at some base concerns of animal welfare issues nowadays focus on cats and dogs, good start point to view with objective and scientific measures for anyone that is interested.

The course was helpful in giving an in-depth knowledge about cats and dogs needs and issues in our society and not only.

basic main thing about cat and dog have told us and i m verry happy to learn Not worth the price, expensive Great insight into cats and dogs and the care required for them.

now I know about the cats and dogs better.

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pet owner

It will instruct you wisely about pet owner's responsibilities, all in the effort to provide a better quality of life to a pet and an owner likewise.

I think anyone who is a pet owner should complete this mooc.

Take this course if you're a pet owner, even if you think you already know everything.

this course is very helpful to encourage me as a vet and as an pet owner to more understand my patients and my dogs' behaviour and their acts.

Very good course, especially for the (new) pet owner!

I think this is a great course for a first time pet owner, but not someone who has had a pet for a few years.

The content was excellent, I would absolutely recommend this to anyone interested in the area or even just a pet owner or animal lover :) Amazing course!

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information about cats

I got lots of important information about cats and dogs.

I got a lot of new information about cats stress, dogs and cats welfare.

This course has a lot of information about cats and dogs.

I myself am more of a cat person and I still think this course thoroughly covers information about cats as well.

This was a great course full of valuable information about cats and dogs.

But, the information about cats was almost entirely new to me.

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so much

Thank you so much!

It was a very good course and I learnt things I didn't know about and the videos were very good incredibly fun and interesting Loving this course, getting to know so much about our best friends, their wants, needs, behaviours and DOs and Don'ts Really good course!!

I have owned cats my entire life, but I learned so much from this course!

thank you so much!

I learned so much from it and even though I only have cats, I found the dog parts really interesting too :) Excellent course, thank you!

Lots of learning and so much fun!

I learned so much!

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pet owners

I would recommend it to everyone who has a contact with dogs and cats, from vet proffessionals and pet owners.

this was just an awesome course having a lot of info about pets Useful course for pet owners.

excellent info for pet owners Very informative.

Good for pet owners and interested persons.

An introductory course, nothing difficult or vey professional, thus perfect for pet owners who want to know more about their pets.

This course is especially helpful to anyone who is new to pet ownership, or even those who think they are experienced.

Very informative and enjoyable, recommend it to all pet owners Very good and informative, well constructed videos.

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cat or dog

Even the most experienced cat or dog owner can find tips to improve life for their pets.

What a wonderful way to learn about caring well for your cat or dog!

It will help anyone to be a better friend and a more responsible owner to your cat or dog.

Good, I had not finished it and am excite of finish it, the only problem is the language because I don't know some words but equal is good and interesant,Thanks Edimburg´s University and Coursera for giving this opportunity to increase our knowledge Very good basic overview of the best ways to socialize and best raise your cat or dog!

A very good material with a lot of understanding.Thank you Thanks You very much for this good expérience !Herbaut Julien a little too simple i hope more informations muy bueno A hugely enjoyable and informative course for anyone that owns a cat or dog, or is thinking of getting one.

Very nice course for people who have or plan on having a cat or dog.

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enjoyed this course

thx I enjoyed this course very much.

I do enjoyed this course.

I very much enjoyed this course!

I enjoyed this course.

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highly recommend

I would also highly recommend you take the Animal Behavior and Welfare course, also from the University of Edinburgh, as these two courses supplement each other very nicely.

I highly recommend this course to people who want to improve their pets' welfare!

I highly recommend to anyone that shares their life with a dog, cat or both.

Excellent course, highly recommend.

Highly recommended for all pet owners and carers!

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insight into

great insight into dogs and cats welfare Very well assembled and presented throughout.

It will give you a deep insight into the cat and the dog behaviour.

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new things

I expected to learn a lot about dogs, and hoped to learn some new things about cats.

I've been around animals all my life and I still learnt a number of new things from this course!

A lot presented I was already aware of but I did learn a few new things which is great.

Even though I have been a pet owner for decades, I learnt many new things that will help me understand my pets even better.

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Rating 4.6 based on 216 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts Jul 3 (13 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From The University of Edinburgh via Coursera
Instructors Dr Amy Miele, Miss Hayley Walters, RVN, Professor Nat Waran, Louise Connelly, Dr Heather Bacon, Miss Hayley Walters, MBE, RVN
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Life Sciences Animals And Veterinary Science Animal Health

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