The University of Michigan’s Animal Training Institute is offering a three-day course to train dogs to behave as human beings.
The training institute launched its Dog and Cat Training course on Monday, offering dog owners the opportunity to learn how to treat their canine companion as human.
The course is meant to help them “reclaim their relationship with their pet,” said Teresa McWilliams, an associate professor of veterinary medicine.
Dogs and cats are the same species.
They share the same body parts, so it’s important for humans to have a relationship with them,” McWilliams said.
Doggies can be trained to play fetch or to follow a specific route, but they’re more likely to learn to do other things with their owners, such as going outside or grooming themselves.
The course is offered by the UMI’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
The institute’s owner, the Humane Society of the United States, said it is part of a broader initiative to educate veterinary professionals about how dogs are being trained to live.
It’s a good way to start, said Kathy Wiebe, a professor of psychology and behavioral sciences at the university.
It’s really important that people learn how dogs think, how they respond to certain cues, what they can do for themselves, she said.
It is the first time we’re going to be teaching dogs how to interact with humans, Wiebes co-founder and co-owner of the Dog and Cats Training Institute, said Dan Coker, a veterinary professor at the school.
The dog training institute is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U-M and the Michigan Humane Society.
The Animal Training Institutes Dog and CAT course will run from Oct. 18 to Oct. 21, 2018.
It is offered at no cost.
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