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 4.7 based on 126 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts Jan 21 (2 days 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
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Life Sciences Animals And Veterinary Science Animal Health

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pet owner in 13 reviews

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.

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.

Not sure i learned anything much, this is a very beginner pet owner level.

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.

thanks A must for all new pet owners and old supposedly 'knowledgeable' owners.

so much in 8 reviews

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!!

Thank you so much.

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

thank you so much!

highly recommend in 7 reviews

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 have learnt so much from every week and would highly recommend this to friends and family.

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!

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

cat or dog in 4 reviews

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!

I will recommend this course to everyone who has a 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!

easy to follow in 3 reviews

Interesting and easy to follow course.

Very well structured and easy to follow with key issues consistently emphasised and opportunities for discussion.

All the subtle ways my cat and dog communicate have been explained and I now have a better understanding of the what's Although the course was mostly review for me, I found it very easy to follow and understand.

it was great in 3 reviews

It was great to learn so many things.

It was great to hear everything put into a clear and understandable way and the additional resources/websites were very helpful!

It was great to refresh knowledge.

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Cat Scan Technician $47k

Cat Scan Tech 2 $49k

CAT Adjuster $55k

Team Cat Scan Technologist Lead $56k

cat scan tech $61k

Cat Scan Technologist Fellow $70k

cat scan tech Manager $80k

CAT Scan (CT) Technologist (per diem) $83k

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Vice Senior President Cat Scan Technologist $127k

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The University of Edinburgh

Rating 4.7 based on 126 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts Jan 21 (2 days 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
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Life Sciences Animals And Veterinary Science Animal Health