The virtual course "The truth about dogs and cats - Virtual Course - Coursera", is a course with different contents and that offers video classes of Approx. 16 hours to complete. Explore its essential features, and click the orange button to get detailed information on the Coursera e-Learning platform
What does your cat reveal to you when it purrs? What does your dog express when he yawns or wags his tail? Understanding your cat and dog's behavior and how they communicate with you will allow you to better understand their needs and strengthen your relationship with them.
This MOOC is divided into five themes, the application of science; behavior and body language, senses and perception; challenges to the human-animal relationship, including problematic pet behavior; and how to improve the quality of life for the cats and dogs in our care.
At the beginning of the course, we ask you to consider what you think 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 wonder if we can really know what our animals are thinking or trying to communicate through their facial expressions and behaviors.
From our beloved pets to strays, shelter dogs/cats, and welfare challenges, we explore the world from your perspective and examine how your genetic makeup can influence your responses and behavioral choices.
We dispel common behavioral myths by looking through a scientific lens, asking questions about the function and development of your behavior.
We explore how their senses help them interact with their world and how they communicate with each other and with us! Finally, we wonder if we place 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 ensure the well-being of all dogs and cats in society? This MOOC explores different scientifically validated methods that can help you better understand your pet, enrich their lives, and help you be a more educated and confident pet owner.
We hope you enjoy the course!
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