10 Free Online Courses That Will Make You Great Pet Parent!


Last Updated on September 3, 2020

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Whether you’re already a pet parent or considering it, having deep knowledge about your pet’s feelings and behaviors is
always important.

Many pet parents get their tips on how to take care of their animals through their friends or the internet, but there
are other ways you can gain knowledge and information.

Online courses and books are the best ways of getting detailed and certified information from specialists.

If you want to give your pet the best treatment, then you should also invest in good education. And in this case, you’d
only have to spend time since every course on this list is free!

Without further ado, let’s jump right into some of the best courses and books to learn about how to care for your dog or
other pet in the best way possible!

1. University of
Edinburgh – The Truth About Cats and Dogs

If you’re interested in learning about your pet’s behavior and needs, this course will answer every question you
might have about your cat or dog’s behavior problems.
Why do they act the way they do, what a wagging tail might mean, how they express their emotions, and so on.

2. Duke
University – Dog Emotion and Cognition

Animals have unique ways of expressing their emotions. So, how can you truly understand and connect with your
dog? If you’re interested in zoopsychology and crave a deeper connection with your pet, you should take this
curse that Duke University offers.

You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

Moving into books, do you still read them? Or do you find them to be outdated? No matter what your opinion
might be, we can all agree that books won’t ever lose their meaning. And nowadays, you can even read your
book online or listen to them.

This book by Ian Dunbar is available as an Audiobook, online book, and paper book, so you can choose
whatever format you prefer. But why should you read it?

For those who are still thinking about taking the big step and becoming a pet parent, you could use some
information about the subject to make a good decision and receive your puppy in the best way possible. So if
you’re considering adopting a new pet dog, read this book so that you know what to expect!

AFTER You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

Now that you’re aware of what you should do before getting a puppy, what happens afterward? You already
got the house ready, bought high-quality dog food, pet toys, and so on, but what now?

From the same author, the book “After you get your puppy” covers exactly that. It’s a great book for
every dog owner, especially inexperienced ones, from dog training to dog psychology.

30 Day Perfect Pup Online Training Class by Zak George

This short online course is everything we want. Short and free.

We all want to get the best education without wasting too much time on our day. This 30-day class
promises to teach you, and your dog basic commands such as teaching your dog potty training, crate
training, what are the best dog treats for training porpuses, and overall teach them to obey their

6. University of Edinburgh – Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian?

Even if you’re not a dog parent, if you clicked on this article, it means you’re interested and
passionate about pets. Maybe you also want to become a vet or work with animals.
However, don’t be mislead by the title of this course.

Even if you don’t want to be a veterinarian, this is still a good course for every pet owner to
take. After all, you’ll be learning about your dog health, anatomy, pet medicine, and many other

7. University of Edinburgh – Animal Behaviour and Welfare

This course is a must for every dog owner or aspiring pet owner. You’ll not only learn about
your pet’s emotions but also their well-being. How should you treat an animal? How to train
your dog? What should a healthy dog eat?

If you have these questions, this course has the answers!

8. Arizona State University- Dog Behavior: Problems and Solutions

Dog behavior problems are normal to happen. What’s important is that you know how to deal
with these types of situations.

To be an informed owner about your dog behavior, the first step is always to do your

This course from Arizona university talks about dog’s psychology, how you should train
them, and what problems might appear, and how you can solve them!

9. University of Tennessee – Birds 101: Introduction to Pet Birds

Even though cats and dogs are the most common pets, that doesn’t mean birds should be
left out! Like fishes, hamsters, or guinea pigs, birds are also pets that we need to
take care of.
This special course teaches you about the different species of birds, how to care
for them, and how to interpret their behavior.

10. Pet First Aid Guide by Kurgo

Last but certainly not least, we have a book or a guide about pet first aid.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to not only have a pet first aid kit
wherever you go with your pet but also understand how to act in case of an

Learning how to do CPR, or knowing how to handle a sick animal could be what
saves your pet’s life, so this guide is necessary!

We hope we encouraged you to at least look up one of these courses or books to
learn more about your pet or future pet.

Getting a dog or a cat is not easy work; you must understand that being a pet
parent is very time consuming, and you’ll need to make some sacrifices. Start by
wasting a couple of hours of your day and read some of these books on this list;
it will give you an insight into the pet world that will either make or break
your decision about owning a pet.