Students Select Relevant Courses

Unit One:  The Human-Animal Bond


* Overview of Program and Capstone Project

* A Brief History of the Human-Animal Bond


Unit Two: Animal Cognition and Communication


* Current Scientific Research into Animal Language and Cognition

* Evidence of Animal Empathy

* Communication: Primates, Dolphins, Elephants, Ravens, Parrots, Dogs, etc.


Unit Three:  Inter-Species Communication


* Inter-Species Communication

* Objective Observations of Body Language and non-language based communication

* Telepathic Communication between animals -- and between animals and humans

* Native and Indigenous Wisdom - exploration of Power Animals


Unit Four: Therapeutic Partnership with Animals


* Equine Therapy - Horses and Healing

* Therapy Animals - Criteria and application

* Animal Assisted Visitations - criteria and applications

* Artificial Intelligence "animals" - Japanese animal robots

* Canine Good Citizenship Test and Pet Partner Teams Criteria

* Companion Animals for PTSD and Emotional Support Animals

* Medical Alert Dogs -- seizure alert, diabetic alert, etc.

* Cancer Detection Dogs - methods and results

* Companion Dogs for Autism

* How dogs help children learn to read

* Service Animals - mobility, seeing eye animals, hearing animals, etc.


Unit Five:  Shelters, Animal Rescue and Solutions


* Animal Shelters - Euthanasia statistics and top reasons animals are surrendered

* Volunteering in shelters and rescue organizations

* Prison - Dog-Training Programs, puppies and shelter animals

* Choosing and evaluating shelter animals for companions

* Puppy Mills

* Ethical Issues in animal welfare


Unit Six:  Military and Law Enforcement Working Dogs


* Military Working dogs -- history, present and future

* Law enforcement canines

* Disaster Response Dogs

* Search and Rescue Work


Unit Seven: Holistic Animal Healing Methods


* Holistic and Distance Healing: 

* Reiki, TTouch, TFT, Healing Touch, accupuncture, etc.

* Animal Massage

* Metaphysical Treatment and Healing Practices for people and pets

* Working with Power Animals and other indigenous native spiritual practices


Unit Eight:  Training Methods


* Brief history of animal training and methods

* Classical Conditioning

* Positive Training Methods and Rationale

* The Trust Technique


Unit Nine:  Careers in Animal Care

* Overview of Careers in Animal Services

* Grief Counseling and Pet Bereavment Counseling

* Veterinarian-Assisted Home Euthanasia

* Building a Holistic Animal Care Practice


Unit Ten:  Final Projects


Final Research and Project Submission

Capstone Research Project


See: Course Objectives & Student Outcomes


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