Best Free Pet Care & Training Courses

Find the best online Free Pet Care & Training Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings.

Dog Training: Train your dog to walk on a treadmill.

Watch four dogs learn how to walk on a treadmill for the first time!

Created by Ted Efthymiadis - Dog trainer, author, entrepreneur, content creator.

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Students: 9421, Price: Free

Save time by walking your dog on your treadmill!

If you have ever wanted to train your dog to walk on a treadmill then this course is for you. This is a free video course was produced to help dog owners / trainers learn how to train dogs to walk on a treadmill. It's fun, energetic and will take less than one hour. This video course takes four dogs threw the process who have never been on a treadmill before.

Reasons you may want to train your dog to walk on your treadmill:

  • You live in an extremely hot/cold climate.
  • You want to get things done while you oversee your dog getting exercise.
  • If your dog is reactive towards other dogs and it's hard to walk them at peek times when dogs in the neighborhood are out walking.
  • Mental and physical stimulation.

Puppy Raiser Course for Retrieving Independence-nonprofit

Raising Puppies for Service Work

Created by Nikki Ivey - Canine Behavior Specialist and Trainer at DogSpeak

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Students: 7203, Price: Free

This course is designed PRIMARILY for VOLUNTEERS of Retrieving Independence, a non-profit that partners with prisons and other volunteers to raise and train service dogs.  This course can, however, be a valuable tool for anyone interested in raising a puppy for service work.  This course will prepare the human handler to be a strong and consistent leader for his or her puppy, and will teach handlers how to ensure their designated puppy is successful in the Retrieving Independence program. At the end of this course, raisers and handlers will understand how to lay a solid training foundation for their puppies to become well developed service dogs.  This course does not cover task work that more mature dogs require for service certifications.  

How to introduce your dog to your new baby.

Everything you need to know when introducing your dogs to your new baby!

Created by Ted Efthymiadis - Dog trainer, author, entrepreneur, content creator.

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Students: 4951, Price: Free

This is video course was specifically developed with expecting mothers in mind. This course really places a massive importance on prevention. It's my desire to enable expecting parents with the right information on how to properly integrate their new baby into a home with dogs. I also talk candidly about the when you need to think about re-homing your dog for the sake of your babies safety.

I get calls every week from mothers to be who are completely overwhelmed trying to get ready for their new arrival. Maybe you have friends with kids and want to know how to prepare your dogs for small visitors. If you are struggling to understand the things you should be doing to prepare your dogs for the new arrival, this course is for you. My basic approach is easy for follow as it is laid out step by step, in point form.

Topics I discuss.

  • How to prepare for when baby comes home.
  • How to prepare for when kids come over to the house.
  • Areas in your house your dog should not be allowed.
  • Should your dog be allowed in your bed during this time?
  • Bringing home baby cloths from the hospital.
  • Desensitizing your dog to strollers, car seats, etc.
  • Crating your dog.
  • Desensitizing your dog to baby noises.
  • Where and how to be feeding your dogs in these days.
  • First interaction between baby and dogs. 
  • How to integrate your child into training as he/she ages.

Brave Puppy

Sound Socialisation & Desensitisation for a Calm, Confident Dog

Created by Erika Alacs - Dog Trainer & Biologist

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Students: 3129, Price: Free

In this course we will look at some of the ways that fear, specifically a fear of sounds, can impact on your dog's happiness; and what you can do about it. Over ~30mins we will look at some of the science behind sound socialisation/desensitisation, why your dog might be fearful, when to start taking action to avoid fears, and how to train your dog to help them overcome fears. We also present a FREE tool, which we developed, that you can use to train your dog at home.

You can help your dog overcome their fears and it isn't a complicated process. It takes a little understanding, time & patience... but your dog will thank you for it.

Learn How To Start A Dog Walking Business in 2021

Everything you need to know to start your dog walking business today! Great for teens or adults looking for extra income

Created by Chris Benjamin, MBA & CFO - Instructor & Management Consultant

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Students: 3111, Price: Free

Have You Ever Thought About Starting a Dog Walking Business But Aren't Sure What Is Involved?

Do You Want To Know the Pros and Cons of Starting a Business Up Front Before Diving In?

Are You Looking For a Great Part Time Way To Make Money?

Are You Passionate About Dogs and Want To Turn That Into A Business?

If You Answered "Yes" To Any Of The Above, Look No Further.  This Is The Course For You!

*** Updated in January 2021 with new content! ***

Enroll today and join the 100,000+ successful students I have taught as a Top Rated Udemy instructor!

Three reasons to TAKE THIS COURSE right now:

  1. You get lifetime access to lectures, including all new lectures, assignments, quizzes and downloads

  2. You can ask me questions and see me respond to every single one of them thoroughly! 

  3. You will are being taught by a professional with a proven track record of success!

  4. Bonus reason: Udemy has a 30 day 100% money back guarantee if for some reason you don't enjoy the course!

  5. Bonus reason: I am a dog lover myself, and have 2: Avalanche the Shiba Inu and Midnight the Chow Chow - pictured in the course image. 

Recent Review:

Amy T. says: "Great course, I've been wanting to start a dog walking business but I didn't know how to go about it, like how do I find customers, do I need to do anything legally, etc.  All that and more was covered in the course.  Really happy with it!"

Why You Should Take This Course With Me:

Starting a business of any sort is a large endeavor.  While the actual day to day business (in this case Dog Walking), are probably something you are passionate about and looking forward to, its all the other aspects of running a business that can be overwhelming.  Do you need a business license? How do you estimate how much you'll make? What are your expenses? Do you need a business bank account? How do you find clients? How much will marketing cost?  And more! 

Don't worry! I'm here to help you! By the end of this course you will have answers to all your questions, and if you don't you can email me and I'll answer them for you!

My goal with this course is to make sure you feel 100% confident and ready to start your business.  In the course we'll be covering the topics below:

What We Cover In The Course:  

  • Picking a name for your business

  • Do you need a business license?

  • Should you get a business bank account?

  • Who is your target market?

  • How do you market your business? Should you spend money on it?

  • How much should you charge?

  • How will your customers pay you?

  • What schedule will you keep?

  • And much more!

At any point if you have a question, please feel free to ask through the course forum, I'd be happy to answer any and all questions.  

***CLICK "BUY NOW" AND LEARN HOW TO START A DOG WALKING BUSINESS!! ***

About The Instructor

Chris Benjamin, MBA & CFO is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience in accounting, finance, financial reporting, and small business, and also dogs!  Having spent the first 10 years of my career in corporate settings with both large and small companies, I learned a lot about the accounting process, managing accounting departments, financial reporting, external reporting to board of directors and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and working with external auditors.  

The following 10+ years I decided to go into CFO Consulting, working with growing companies and bringing CFO level experience to companies.  I help implement proper best business practices in accounting and finance, consult on implementation of accounting systems, implementing accounting procedures, while also still fulfilling the CFO roll for many of my clients which includes financial reporting, auditing, working with investors, financial analysis and much more.  

Thank you for signing up for this course on Udemy. I look forward to being your instructor for this course and many more!

Chris Benjamin, Instructor, CFO & MBA

Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Dog

Ed Frawley will show how to develop pack structure without using corrections

Created by Ed Frawley - Dog trainer, Entrepreneur, and Owner of Leerburg

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Students: 2552, Price: Free

Your dog can love you but not respect you. 

When the average person gets a new dog, they think that taking that dog to an 8 week obedience class is going to teach their dog to be a calm, friendly, submissive member of their family.  With many dogs, nothing could be further from the truth. 

What new owners need to learn, is how to teach their dogs the rules they are expected to follow in our home. That’s what this course is all about. 

Ed Frawley and his wife, Cindy, live with 5 house dogs. Two little dogs (a Shitzu and Border Terrier) and three large breed dogs (an Australian Cattle Dog and 2 Belgium Malinoise). Two of those dogs can never be loose along in the house, two can never be loose with the smaller dogs. 

The fact is when dog’s are managed properly they need very little formal obedience training. In fact dog’s that go through a sound management program learn to respect their new owners, not because they were corrected into submission, but because they learn their owners control every aspect of their life and that there are consequences to bad behavior. Those consequences only need to be a loss of certain freedoms they have earned. 

In 2017 Ed turned 70 years old. He has spent his life training dogs. Ed has been producing dog training videos since 1982. Ed was a Police K9 handler for 10 years, he bred working bloodline German Shepherds for 35 years. It’s safe to say that very few people in this country have the dog experiences Ed has.

The goal of this course is to teach new dog owners how to live with their dog. Ed explains how he and Cindy set up their home to safely  manage their dogs in a logical safe manner. You can do the same. 

You will learn hows to manage your dog dogs on walks, in the car and in the home. You will learn how to safely introduce a new dog (or cat or person) into your home. 

If you have a new dog or a dog with behavioral problems, you need the information in this course. Its not the only training you will ever need, but if you do what Ed says you will establish a foundation for all further dog training.

Pomsky Dog Care and Training Course

Pomsky - How to buy, care for, and train them - this course is also suitable for any dog breed

Created by Stephen DeStefano - SwiftUI / Swift / Developer / Instructor

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Students: 1838, Price: Free

The Pomsky Care and Training Course is taught by expert trainers Stephen DeStefano and Akiko, whom together have over 30 years of experience caring for, working with, and training dogs.

The Pomsky is a relatively new designer dog breed, around since 2012, and is currently the most sought after and popular dog to have.

Learn all about this incredibly cute, smart, playful, and relatively new designer dog breed from Steve and Akiko. Find out how and where to buy one, how to care for it, groom it, train it, as well as housebreaking using the crate training method. Use the best training methods to teach your Pomsky (or any breed) the important commands. Learn how to stop many unwanted behaviors, like chewing, aggression, barking, jumping, biting, and more, incredibly fast using a technique that employs both of the dogs important senses, sound and smell. You'll also see what the absolute best diet is for superior health and longevity,  (organic and part raw)...this diet has been shown to stop and reverse many diseases and illnesses that plague most dogs today, and helps your dog achieve an incredibly long lifespan (24 years or longer - double the standard lifespan). Also get pro tips on spotting ethical breeders, see some of the latest accessories that help make life easier and safer, for both you and your dog, and know if your dog is prone to SA (separation anxiety) and how to cure him of it with the latest methods...and more.

How to Keep Your Cat Healthy Masterclass

How to Have a Healthy and Happy Cat

Created by Lory's Cats - Cat rescuer, Caregiver, Veterinary Technician

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Students: 1505, Price: Free

Hi, I'm Lory from Lory’s Cats blog and Lory’s Cats YouTube channel. I am a certified veterinary technician and I volunteered as a cat rescuer for more than a decade. In 15 years I handled more than 1000 cats. For all these rescued cats I found homes with loving families and I saw firsthand various health issues in cats.

In my rescue activity I always have to deal with a few cats at once and I always assist vets in diagnosing and treating my cats. Like humans, cats may have health issues that can be solved with professional help and preventing. You'll learn how to recognise if your cat is ill, why is important to keep yout cat away from fleas or other external parasites, why is important to make your cat's internal deworming and how can internal parasites affect the cat, what are the risks of not vaccinating your cat and what are the diseases that cats are exposed at when they are not vaccinated.

The good news is that common cat health problems can be prevented and I have some tips that I want to share them with you.

How to Install Underground Dog Fence (Easy Way) Master Class

I'm going to take you through step-by-step on how to install a underground electric dog fence. Stay tuned.

Created by Chris Ahl - Experienced instructor

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Students: 1294, Price: Free

In this course will be going over how to install a underground electric dog fence.

Will also be covering every step along the way such as digging the trench and product information.

No dogs will be shocked in this course.

Underground dog fences are a fantastic alternative to install on your property. And last a long time as compared to traditional above-ground fences.

Quick disclaimer I'm not a professional I'm just showing you what we use for our three dogs at our home. Be sure to check out your city ordinance for digging a few inches in the ground.

Thank you so much for checking out our course and have a blessed rest of your day.

Horses 101 – Horse Colors, Breeds & Disciplines

All the basics, taught to you by top international horse trainers, riders, and judges.

Created by Kristina Derby - Marketing Consultant & Horse Industry Expert

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Students: 1291, Price: Free

Do you want to learn more about horses but aren't sure where to start? Or maybe you know some things, but would love to get the opinion and wisdom of some of the horse industry's top trainers, riders, and judges? Well, then you've come to the right place! In this course we give you a quick overview of major horse breeds, colors and training disciplines so that you can feel confident in your knowledge. And, of course, you get access to our course instructors, so you can even ask them your particular questions! This is an opportunity you won't find many other places, and probably nowhere else for FREE!

The formation of dog behavior

A series of lessons on the formation of dog behavior

Created by Antonina Zimareva - Dog Trainer

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Students: 817, Price: Free

Dog training doesn’t happen by itself. Only you can assure your comfort with your dog. But the good news is, any dog's behavior can be adjusted.  Watch lessons of Antonina Zimareva, a Russian dog trainer and specialist in correcting canine behavioral problems. The methods used here are force-free and gentle.

This is the first step towards a more comfortable relationship with your dog and a level of understanding you’ve never known before.

Preparing Your Horse For Success

Building a Foundation for Success With Your Horse

Created by Steve Rother - Horse Teacher

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Students: 199, Price: Free

Building a partnership with a 1,200 lb. animal can be scary if you don't know what you are doing.  This course will walk you through building a foundation for success, no matter what type of riding or horsemanship you partake in.

Taking some of the best exercises we focus on topics such as balance from both the ground and saddle, and giving your horse purpose.

Other things that you will gain from this course include:

• Developing confidence in you and your horse
• Learning about proper riding position
• Learning how to connect the reins to the feet
• Developing a good ‘whoa’ on your horse
• Finding ways to stay connected with your horse
• Developing a soft and willing partner

Learn what to do when your horse spooks, so that you can ride out with confidence.
Learn how to communicate with your horse effectively so that the two of you can be a team rather than opposition.

In this course, internationally-acclaimed Equine Clinician Steve Rother will show you how to be more successful with horses, no matter what your discipline or breed of horse. He shares his all-time favorite warm up and confidence-building exercises from the ground and saddle.  These exercises will ensure that your horse is properly warmed up and listening to you so that you can just enjoy the ride.

Known as the Horse Teacher, Steve is dedicated to all horse people who strive to teach their horses by educating themselves.  Winner of numerous colt starting challenges, Steve has helped thousands of horses and riders develop a more willing partnership.

Reptile Series: A Guide to Choosing Your First Snake

Learn about important things to consider when buying your first snake, good choices, & how to recognise a healthy snake.

Created by Steve Crawford - Reptile keeper & breeder; Podcast co-host

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Students: 162, Price: Free

Maybe you’re considering getting your first pet snake, or maybe you have already made the decision to get a pet snake. This course is one in a series of courses. The focus of this course is to help you decide which type of snake would be best suited to your personal circumstances and motivation, and to help you avoid making a choice you later regret! (This particular course is not about how to care for your snake).

Make an Informed Decision about the Best Pet Snake for you

If you are new to keeping reptiles you may have a number of questions buzzing round your head that include:

· What type of snake should I buy?

· Where should I buy it from?

· How do I know if I'm buying a healthy snake?

At the end of this course you will be able to answer these questions and more.

Learn to Differentiate Between Snakes and Find a Healthy Specimen

There are many different species of snakes, as well as subspecies and morphs within species, so I will give you a basic understanding of different types of snakes. I will also give you my recommendations for first time snake ownership.

Did you know, or ever wonder why so many giant snakes get handed into animal rescue facilities? It is common place for people to buy a pet snake only to find themselves with a giant snake on their hands a few years later that they don’t have the space for!

Sure you could spend time watching YouTube videos, and there are some great keepers giving great advice on YouTube, but there are also bad ones and why waste your time sifting through the bad to get to the good! And what if you can’t tell if someone is giving you good or bad advice, after all you can’t judge every book by its cover right!?

This course has been put together to put you on the right track by giving you what you need to know in one place.

Contents and Overview

During the course I will show you video footage and images to demonstrate some of the information I am giving you. This course contains 17 lectures and about 35 minutes of video content.

I have added a practical exercise, multiple choice quiz, and a printable checklist to help you.

At the beginning of this course I start by introducing you to the different families of snakes.

I will ask you to reflect on your motivation for wanting a pet snake and make recommendations to you.

We will also address the following questions:

· How much room will I need to give it?

· Should I get a baby snake or an adult for my first pet snake?

· Should I get a male or female?

· If I see a snake for sale that I want, how will I know if it is healthy?

· What sort of questions should I ask the seller before I buy?

· Do I need a permit to keep snakes where I live?

If you are new to the reptile hobby then this course will give you some confidence about the right questions to ask a seller and basic, sound knowledge before you head out to buy.