Advanced Feline Behaviour - Diploma - CPD

As a result of popular demand this programme has been introduced to allow students of Feline Behaviour and Psychology to progress their studies to a higher level. The course is aimed at those... [ Read more ]

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Product code: CPD-AFELB

As a result of popular demand this programme has been introduced to allow students of Feline Behaviour and Psychology to progress their studies to a higher level. The course is aimed at those planning to work with cats or those already working with cats on a professional basis although it would also be of interest to those cat owners who want an in depth knowledge of cat behaviour.

1) The Effects of Domestication

  • The cat as a mammal; the evolution of the cat and its classification
  • The domestication of the cat and how artificial selection has led to the development of the breeds
  • Normal feline behaviour
  • Comparing the time budgets of a wild cat with a domesticated one
  • Social groupings of cats, including a look at the different species of felids
  • The inheritance of genes for physical and behavioural characteristics

2. The Feline Brain and Senses

  • The differences between the divisions of the nervous system
  • The different neural pathways between voluntary and involuntary behaviour
  • The structure of the nervous system
  • Overview of the brain and the functions of the various parts
  • Neurotransmitters and how they affect feline behaviour
  • The senses of the cat and how they differ from other species
  • The formation of memories

3. Internal Influences on Behaviour

  • Homeostasis and the normal physiology of the body
  • The effects of diet on behaviour
  • How health and physiology can affect feline behaviour
  • Various medical conditions are covered, and their behavioural effects
  • The effects of hormones on behaviour
  • The effects of pharmacology on behaviour

4. External Influences on Behaviour

  • The external factors that can affect the behaviour of a cat
  • The environment in which the cat lives, and the experiences it has had
  • The interactions between other cats, and also with people
  • The importance of socialisation in early life, and sensitive periods
  • The different ways that cats learn
  • Scientific research that has been carried out into the social development of kittens
  • The problems that can occur due to poor socialisation
  • The ways that cats cope with environmental pressure
  • The effects of a cattery environment on behaviour and stress levels

5. Identifying Causes of Problem Behaviour

  • Maintaining a professional image when working as a behaviourist
  • The importance of excellent communication skills
  • The business aspects of working as a behaviourist
  • Dealing with clients and difficult situations
  • The many possible causes of a particular behavioural problem
  • Environment, nature, nurture, pharmacological, physiological causes
  • How we can diagnose the cause of behaviour
  • Designing history sheets to use during client consultations

6. Dealing with Problem Behaviour

  • Giving instructions to clients and holding a behavioural consultation
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Devising suitable behavioural treatment programmes
  • Different approaches to behavioural modification including the principles of reinforcement
  • Dealing with fear responses in cats
  • Prevention of problems
  • Designing promotional material
  • Case study of a behavioural problem
Study Level 4
  • The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.
  • 6 Module Course
  • This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification.
    • All Compass Education Ltd courses are written by industry experts and provided exclusively in the UK by Compass, they are not available anywhere else. Courses are unique to Compass and accredited by Ofqual regulated Awarding Bodies and/or Industry Professional Bodies as indicated in each course description. In common with the overwhelming majority of private educational provision in this sector they are not a part of the RQF or SCQF and they do not appear on Ofqual's register of qualifications.
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