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

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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!

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University of Edinburgh – The Truth About Cats and Dogs

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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.

Duke University – Dog Emotion and Cognition

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

BEFORE You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

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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 Or do you find them to be outdated?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 Audio-book, 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

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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 purposes, and overall teach them to obey their owner.

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

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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's health, anatomy, pet medicine, and many other things!

University of Edinburgh – Animal Behavior and Welfare

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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!

Arizona State University- Dog Behavior: Problems and Solutions

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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's behavior, the first step is always to do your research.

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!

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.

Pet First Aid Guide by Kurgo

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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 emergency.

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.