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Pet Psychology

Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Pet Psychology
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Pet Psychology Practitioner
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

A badly-behaved pet can cause a breakdown in a relationship which could otherwise be rewarding and positive. This course looks at the natural instincts and behaviours of a wide range of pets, along with their suitability to their owners. You will learn how these animals think and feel and why an animal exhibits ‘bad’ behaviour. The course is ideal for all pet owners and animal welfare workers, as well as students looking to provide a professional service in an ever-growing market for pet psychologists.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction/Dogs
      • Meeting the Needs of Pets
      • Dogs
      • Introduction
      • Owner Suitability
      • Choosing an Appropriate Breed
      • Buying a Dog
      • Settling in a New Dog
      • Training
      • Psychological Problems in Dogs
  • Lesson Two
    • Dogs (Continued)
      • Separation Anxiety
      • Meaning and Sound
      • Hyper-Emotionality
      • The Dominant Dog
  • Lesson Three
    • Dogs (Continued)
      • Submissive Urination
      • Aggression
      • Jealousy
      • Barking
      • Scooting
      • Tail Chasing
      • Encountering Unfamiliar Dogs
      • Strengthening Bonds
  • Lesson Four
    • Cats
      • Introduction
      • Owner Suitability
      • Choosing an Appropriate Breed
      • Buying a Cat
      • Settling in a New Cat
      • Training
      • Litter Training
      • Coming to Call
      • Discouraging Hunting
      • Clawing and Scratching
      • Psychological Problems in Cats
      • Inappropriate Spraying/Defecation
      • Coprophagia
      • Wool Sucking
      • Normal v Abnormal Behaviour
  • Lesson Five
    • Cats (Continued)/ Rabbits and Rodents
      • Overly Aggressive Behaviour
      • Antisocial Behaviour
      • Over-Social Behaviour
      • Neuroses
      • Similarities between Cats and Dogs
      • The Needs of Rabbits and Rodents
  • Lesson Six
    • Horses
      • Introduction
      • Owner Suitability
      • Choosing an Appropriate Breed
      • Buying a Horse
      • Spooking
      • Bucking and Rearing
      • Refusal to Accept Commands
      • Training
      • Pica Behaviour
      • Equine Self-Mutilation Syndrome (ESMS)
      • Foal Rejection
  • Lesson Seven
    • Horses (Continued)/ Birds
      • Headshaking
      • Trailering
      • Birds
      • Introduction
      • Owner Suitability
      • Choosing an Appropriate Breed
      • Buying a Bird
      • Settling In a New Bird
  • Lesson Eight
    • Birds (Continued)/ Iguanas/ Pet Therapy
      • Anxiety
      • Boredom
      • Aggression
      • Jealousy
      • Resolving Behavioural Problems
      • Training
      • Talking
      • Iguanas
      • Stress
      • Sexual Aggression
      • Pet Therapy

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.