VME 6813: Behavioral Health for Shelter Dogs and Cats

Course Overview

Introduces canine and feline behavior so students will understand how and why dogs and cats end up in shelters, what can be done to enhance their behavioral health while they are in the shelter, how to manage common shelter behavioral issues, and how behavior influences adoptions and retention. 3 credit course.

Course Objectives

At the successful completion of this course, students will understand: canine and feline communication; the influence of behavior on relinquishment, adoption and retention;  how to assess and enhance behavioral wellness through interactions with others and the environment; and ways to use elementary training and learning principles to change common shelter pet behaviors. 

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