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Explore articles and advice by animal and pet experts; and extracts from ebooks written and published by ACS Distance Education.

Animal Parenting Behaviour

By ACS Bookshop on December 16, 2016 in Agriculture & Pets | comments

Learn how animals behave, and how they interact with each other.

Parenting behaviours are one part of this.



Abyssinian Cats

By ACS Bookshop on April 13, 2016 in Pets | comments

The Abyssinian is well-developed, muscly medium-sized cat. 

The Abyssinian belongs to the ticked or agouti breed, both terms used for the cat's type of fur.



Nowadays we recognise that animals learn in different types of ways. The following table illustrates learning from simpler mechanisms at the top down to more complex types: 

  • Classical Conditioning - Animal learns by associating a stimulus with a response
  • Operant Conditioning - Animal learns by positive or negative reinforcement following an action
  • Learning Sets - Animal learns through trial and error
  • Insight Animal - Animals learn through understanding the relationships between different parts of a problem 
  • Imitation - Animal learns by watching others and using mental representations to copy them
  • Cognitive Mapping - Animal learns by using mental representations of the environment
Ducks are a friendly family pet which can provide garden pest control, delicious eggs or meat. Ducks have a life span of around 10-15 years. A male duck is called a drake, a female is a duck and their babies are called ducklings. They require a little more open space than chickens however they are less maintenance overall. When choosing a breed you must consider the size and temperament which would suit your needs as well as the intended use of the bird –are you intending to keep ducks as pets, eggs or meat production?

Dog Biology

By ACS Bookshop on May 15, 2014 in Pets | comments

The following is an extract from the e book "Caring for Dogs"  written by staff of ACS Distance Education -click for more information on the book 

Today dogs can vary greatly in size, shape and colouration. However, all dog breeds are descended from the wolf and share many physical and biological characteristics. All dogs are classified as the same species Canis familiaris. They all have a heart linked to a circulatory system, which transports blood and oxygen around the body, a central nervous system, digestive system and a sexual reproductive system.