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Animal Emotion

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You will understand the association of emotion with neurochemistry.

Good animal trainers know that managing animal emotion is the key to success. You will learn to describe emotion in terms of neurochemical processes. You will have practice in rebutting claims of animals not having emotions. You will know the 7 basic emotional systems common to all animals. This material will be explored through reading, videos, and online activities. This achievement has been evaluated by a quiz and written essay assessment. This badge is required for anyone participating at Mustang Camp either as an intern or trainer.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Discuss the neurochemistry of common motivations.
  • Compare and contrast the action of adrenaline, cortisol, dopamine, and opioids.
  • Describe the evidence for saying that animals feel emotions.
  • Describe the 7 basic emotions.