Kurs nadający kwalifikacje behawiorysty

The course for Animal Behaviour Consultant diploma is dedicated to the people who want to become professional animal psychologists. The course prepares the students to work with cats and dogs. A special attention is paid to understanding the behaviour of these species, their needs and the skill to communicate with these animals. The course includes also information on animal training in the scope necessary for the consultants to work efficiently. There will be introduction to anatomy and physiology; information how an illness can influence behaviour and on differences in behavioural disorders stemming from psychology and physiology. The participants will learn how to administer the first aid and will receive a separate certification for mastering this skill.

What distinguishes our course?

Only our course provides a series of workshops and practical training sessions under a watchful guidance of experienced  behaviour consultants. We pride ourselves with achievements in science and in practical work. Only we can provide lectures by professional academic teachers. Is it easy to complete the course? Definitely no! It is our mission to promote professionalism and drive to perfection. Our graduates will become our best recommendation in future.

The animal behaviour consultant course includes 8 sessions: 6 theoretical (module 1), 2 practical (module 2) and also a practical training under the guidance of a behaviour consultant. Each topic block will be rounded up with an exam and there is a consolidation in the form of a practical and an oral exam at the end of the training.


Module 1 – Theory

Block 1: Biological Mechanism behind Animal Behaviour

  • Canine and feline anatomy and physiology.
  • Introduction to canine and feline anatomy and physiology. Digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system, hormonal system, excretory system, nervous system, integumentary system, reproductive system, locomotor system.
  • The main differences between the species.
  • Neuropsychology and biological mechanisms of animal behaviour. The structure of the nervous system
  • Introduction to genetics.
  • Veterinary  prophylactic. The calendar of puppies vaccinations according to World Small Animal Veterinary Association, standard program, early program, late program. Rabies vaccination. Additional vaccination. Contagious diseases: distemper, paravirosis, kennel cough, infectious canine hepatitis (Rubarth disease), rabies, feline leukaemia, feline panleukopenia, feline kalcivirosis, feline viral rhinotracheitis.  prophylactic against ecto- and endoparasites. Vector borne diseases (distributed by ticks and mosquitoes.)
  • The influence of a disease on reactions.  The influence of systemic diseases on reactions.
  • Treatment schemes and schemes differentiating disorders in behaviour and diseases.
  • The notion of pain.
  • Biological functions rhythms. The role of sleep.
  • Hormones and their impact. Endocrine glands and the hormones they synthetise. The impact of hormones on behaviour. The most common disorders in glandular secretion: hypothyroidism, overactive thyroid, diabetes, Cushing disease. Hormone dependant cancer diseases. The difference between spaying and castration. Advantages and disadvantages of castration and spaying.
  • Memory, thinking, intelligence.
  • Emotions (Jaak Panksepp). Learning->wanting->liking system.

Block 2: Ethology Fundamentals

  • Basic ideas: behaviourism, behaviour, instinct, drive, motivation, motive, motivational tension, the division of drives, the conflict of drives.
  • Stress as the state of mobilisation of the whole body according to Sely. Homostasis.
  • Strategies of survival and defense.
  • Emotions – fear, anxiety, phobia, aggression, territorialism – biological foundation
  • The notion of welfare in the contemporary law.
  • The origins of cats and dogs. Domestication process – the newest research. The theory of domination – facts and myths.
  • The notion of temper and personality. Evaluation methods (C-BARQ, DMA)
  • Psychology fundamentals

Block 3: Learning Process.

  • Kinds of Learning Processes. Habituation.
  • Classical and operant conditioning. Notions of punishment and reward. Positivity and negativity of punishment and  reward. Acquisition, extinction and spontaneous renewal, generalization of a stimulus, differentiation of stimuli.
  • Ritualisation and habits.
  • Acquired passivity.

Block 4: Canine and Feline Behaviour.

  • Canine behaviour: Zoosemiotics- the works of senses and the analysis of signals in the world of dogs.
  • Evolution of reactions and mental development.
  • Cat’s behaviour:  Zoosemiotics – the work of senses and the analysis of signals in the world of cats.
  • Evolution of reactions and mental development
  • The evaluation of reactions and emotional state. Test batteries, ratings of an individual dog, observational tests and expert ratings of breed prototypes. The use of EMRA (COAPE®) models, C-BARQ questionnaire, Ethoplanet- Behavioural NEW® (ang. Needs – Emotions – Welfare) questionnaire.
  • Behaviour Adjustment Training (BAT)

Block 5: Canine and Feline Procreation

  • Decision about procreation.
  • Opportunities provided by a breeders association.
  • Sexual maturity in males and females.  Ovarian cycle phrases in dog females. Ovarian cycle in feline females.  Mating.
  • Confirmation of pregnancy.
  • The course of pregnancy in a dog female. The course of pregnancy in a cat female.
  • Parturition and its stages. Parturition symptoms. Reasons for a difficult parturition. Abnormalities in the postnatal period: the inflammation of the mammary gland, colpoptosia eclampsia/postpartum tetany.
  • Milk substitute formulas. How to control weaning in puppies.
  • Socialisation in kittens and puppies.

Block 6: Behavioural Problems in Cats and Dogs.

  • Stress the analysis of stressors in everyday life
  • Kinds of and reasons for aggression in dogs and cats.
  • Fears, anxiety, phobias- diagnostics, reasons, treatment
  • OCD- reasons, the latest developments, treatment.
  • Hyperactivity- what is it really? Diagnostics, reasons, treatment
  • CDS- diagnostics, reasons, treatment.
  • Depression- diagnostics, reason, treatment.
  • Other behavioural disorders.
  • Work with seniors.

Block 7: How to Deal with Specific Problems.

  • Diagnostics
  • Interview
  • Therapy planning
  • Algorithms of procedures-  Ethoplanet questionnaire – Behavioral Diagnostic Algorithm BDA®
  • A review of most common behavioural problems – troubleshooting
  • Case analysis
  • Problem solving methods
  • Nosework

Block 8: Dietetics

  • How diet influences behaviour
  • Obesity and anorexia – influence on reactions
  • Food allergies
  • PICA, coprophagia, poliphagia, polidypsia and other nutritional disorders
  • Feeding behaviour- food intake. Neophilia and neophobia.
  • Dietary manipulations
  • Supplements

Block 9:Pharmacotherapy in Behavioural Disorders in Dogs and Cats.

Block 10: Animal Behaviour Consultant’s Work- Work with Human and Animal. Teaching a dialogue.

Theory consolidation.


Module 2- Practical classes



Block 1: Case Studies- Diagnostics and Problem Solving.
An interview with an invited guest.

Block 2: How to Establish Adequate Food Portions– Diet Manipulation.
Computer aided class.

Block 3: Zoophysiotherapy
Relaxing massage.
Symptoms of dysfunction.
How to understand a body.

Block 4: Premedical the First Aid Course for Companion Animals
(The course participants will receive a certificate of participation in The First Aid Course!)


Rehabilitation training – practical sessions with dogs.

Block 1: Dogs’ Communication – the Assessment of the Situation.

Block 2: Basics of Obedience.

Work with or without a clicker. Luring and reaction shaping. Environmental manipulation. Prevention. Controlled inducement of problematic situation.  “Do as I do” method. Basic commands (sit, stay, stop, and stay). How to put a muzzle on and how to wear it. How to remain in a pen, cage, bed. Building a relationship through games. Teaching a good play practice. Controlling social contacts.

Block 3: Basic Behaviour Consultant’s Toolbox.

How to use therapeutic and training equipment.

Block 4: Counterconditioning and Desensitisation

Block 5: Emergencies – Work with an Aggressive Dog.

Internship (3 consultations under the guidance of the coach)

Examination: Theoretical and practical part. Block consolidation tests during the whole course.

Early bird prices (end on 31.03.2019) – 4700zł

Regular price (after 31.03.2019) – 7000zł

Can be paid in instalments! For details please contact: kontakt@ethoplanet.com


Price includes:

  • training materials
  • behavioral consultant questionnaire, instructions, behavioral history questionnaire
  • „Ethoplanet” behaviorist bag
  • tutor consultation for the duration of the course
  • practical sessions with dogs
  • internship under the guidance of the coach with behavioral consultations
  • dietary and zoo-physiotherapy workshops
  • dog trainer workshops – canine communication
  • premedical first aid for companion animals course (separate diploma!)
  • Seminar: Legal basics of dog and cat handling (separate diploma!) with Karoliną Kuszlewicz, Esq.
  • EFFICIENT PET BUSINESS STRATEGY course (separate diploma!) with Magdaleną Rorbach
  • lunch (two meals + dessert)
  • coffee breaks


Every participant will obtain the Certificate having passed both exams and upon completion of all the work. The Certificate enables our trainees to work as a behaviour consultant. To obtain the certificate, it is compulsory to file a copy of a college or university graduation diploma.

The Certificate is issued according to MEN specifications, and additionally, our students will receive a separate Ethoplanet diploma.


Hours total: 350

Weekend sessions: 8

Session dates:

Group 1 (enrollment closed)

1. 24.11 – 25.11

2. 12.01 – 13.01

3. 26.01 – 27.01

4. 9.02 – 10.02

5. 23.02 – 24.02

6. 9.03 – 10.03

7. 23.03 – 24.03

8. 30.03 – 31.03

Hours: 10:00 – 18:00

Grupa 2

II edition weekend session dates:

1. 14.09 – 15.09

2. 28.09 – 29.09

3. 12.10 – 13.10

4. 26.10 – 27.10

5. 30.11 – 1.12

6. 11.01 – 12.01

7. 25.01 – 26.01

8. 15.02 – 16.02



Ewa Adamkiewicz, PhD

Katarzyna Barłowska, DVM

inż. Milena Beli, BEng

Karolina Hołda, PhD

Grzegorz Juszczak, PhD

Katarzyna Karwowska, MEng

Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, MSc, BEng

Karolina Kuszlewicz, Esq.

Jolanta Łapińska, DVM

Artur Łazarczyk, MSc

Martyna Woszczyło, DVM

Iga Paczyńska, MSc

Magdalena Żelazowska, MSc

kurs behawiorysty zwierzęcego - zoopsycholog psów

Location: Centrum Konferencyjno-Apartamentowe “Mrówka”, Warszawa


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*The organizer reserves the right to adjust the dates.

The certificate will be issued after presenting a copy of high school or university graduation diploma. 


Program przedmiotowy kursu:

Liczba godzin zajęć Praca Online Łącznie Przedmiot Prowadzący
6 2 8 Pierwsza pomoc przedmedyczna dla zwierząt towarzyszących Lek. wet. Katarzyna Barłowska
2 2 4 Podstawy anatomii psów i kotów Lek. wet. Katarzyna Barłowska
2 2 4 Podstawy fizjologii psów i kotów Lek. wet. Katarzyna Barłowska
2 2 4 Profilaktyka weterynaryjna. Lek. wet. Katarzyna Barłowska
5 5 10 Wpływ chorób somatycznych na zachowanie zwierząt Lek. wet. Katarzyna Barłowska, lek. wet. Martyna Woszczyło
3 3 6 Hormony i ich działanie. Lek. wet. Katarzyna Barłowska
4 4 8 Rozród psów i kotów. Socjalizacja szczeniąt i kociąt. Lek. wet. Katarzyna Barłowska, mgr Katarzyna Karwowska, mgr inż.Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
4 4 8 Neuropsychologia. Dr Grzegorz Juszczak
3 3 6 Biologiczne mechanizmy zachowania się zwierząt. Dr Grzegorz Juszczak
1 1 2 Podstawy genetyki Dr Grzegorz Juszczak
1 1 2 Rytmika czynności fizjologicznych. Dr Grzegorz Juszczak
2 2 4 Procesy uczenia się i pamięci Dr Grzegorz Juszczak
4 4 8 Podstawy dietetyki Mgr inż. Karolina Hołda
2 2 4 Wpływ diety na zachowanie Mgr inż. Karolina Hołda
2 2 4 Manipulacje dietą Mgr inż. Karolina Hołda
2 2 4 Wprowadzenie do psychologii Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
10 10 20 Diagnostyka zaburzeń behawioralnych. Algorytmy postępowania. Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, lek. wet. Katarzyna Barłowska, lek. wet. Martyna Woszczyło
2 2 4 Praca z klientem Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
6 6 12 Analiza przypadków Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, lek. wet. Martyna Woszczyło, lek. wet Jolanta Łapińska,
1 1 2 Podstawy etologii Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
3 3 6 Zoopsychologia – Elementy psychologii zwierząt Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
4 4 8 Zoosemiotyka- Behawior psa Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
4 4 8 Zoosemiotyka- Behawior kota Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, lek. wet. Martyna Woszczyło,
2 2 4 Relacje człowiek – zwierzę Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
2 2 4 Etogram psa Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
2 2 4 Etogram kota Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
4 4 8 Systemy emocjonalne Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
1 1 2 Podstawy nosework Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
15 15 30 Problemy behawioralne psów i kotów Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, mgr Katarzyna Karwowska, lek. wet Jolanta Łapińska,
1 1 2 Dobrostan zwierząt Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
3 3 6 Domestykacja Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, Kinga Stępniak
5 5 10 Metody oceny zachowania zwierząt Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, dr  Ewa Adamkiewicz
10 15 25 Terapie behawioralne psów i kotów Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, mgr Katarzyna Karwowska, Lek. wet. Jolanta Łapińska,
10 15 25 Techniki pracy z psami i kotami z zaburzeniami behawioralnymi dr  Ewa Adamkiewicz, Mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, mgr Iga Paczyńska, lek. wet. Martyna Woszczyło,
4 4 8 Farmakoterapia zaburzeń behawioralnych psów i kotów Lek. wet. Jolanta Łapińska
4 4 8 Zoofizjoterapia Inż. Milena Beli
8 9 17 Zajęcia praktyczne z psami- podstawy treningu mgr Artur Łazarczyk, mgr Magdalena Żelazowska, mgr inż. Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
3 3 6 Metody oceny temperamentu dr  Ewa Adamkiewicz
2 0 2 Aspekty prawne – Pies w społeczeństwie (odpowiedzialność cywilna i karna) adw. Karolina Kuszlewicz
10 10 20 Praktyki w schronisku – diagnostyka Magdalena Olszewska, Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
10 15 25 Praktyki- Konsultacje Magdalena Olszewska, Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak
Łącznie godzin: 350



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