Responsible Pet Ownership Class

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Responsible pet ownership Overview

The pet owner responsibility class will outline and describe laws related to animal cruelty by the legal definition in the state of Texas. Explore the federal and state laws which protect livestock and non-livestock animals and wildlife. The course will cover responsible care for animals such as spaying, neutering, and tethering of animals. It will also cover attacks on assistance animals, dogfighting, cockfighting, and dog bite prevention.

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Certification Included


Downloadable certificate upon completion. Acceptable for any court ordered class in the state of Texas. Our courses are approved throughout the Texas court system.

class Features:

Satisfies up to a 2-hour educational requirement

Self-paced course

Pet owner responsibility class must be completed within 30 days of enrollment

Certificate: Download on completion

100% Online access

Final evaluation score of at least 70% required

Why take this Animal Welfare course?

Animal Welfare Professionals

Professionals working in animal shelters, rescue organizations, veterinary clinics, or animal control agencies can take these courses to enhance their knowledge and skills in recognizing, preventing, and addressing animal cruelty.

Law Enforcement Officers

Police officers, animal control officers, and other law enforcement personnel may take animal cruelty courses to learn about relevant laws, investigative techniques, and evidence collection procedures.

Legal Obligation

In certain situations, individuals may be required by law or as part of a legal settlement to complete a court ordered animal cruelty class or animal welfare course. This can happen, for example, as a result of being convicted of animal cruelty offenses or as a condition of probation or parole.

Animal Caregivers

Pet owners, animal caretakers, and volunteers at animal shelters can take these courses to learn about proper animal care, recognizing signs of abuse or neglect, and understanding their legal responsibilities towards animals.

Animal-Related Industry Workers

People working in industries like farming, livestock production, entertainment, or wildlife management may choose to take animal cruelty courses to ensure that their practices align with ethical standards and legal requirements


This animal welfare course will teach:

Federal and TX laws around animal protection

Responsible animal care

Laws related to animal cruelty

Laws related to dogfighting and cockfighting

Health, safety, and welfare of livestock and pets

Dog bite prevention

Pet Owner Responsibility Class Benefits

Online animal welfare classes provide flexibility and convenience for individuals who may have busy schedules or limited access to in-person training. They can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, allowing participants to learn at their own pace and at a time that suits them.


Online animal cruelty classes make animal welfare education more accessible to individuals who may have physical limitations, live in remote areas, or have difficulty attending in-person classes. They eliminate geographical barriers and enable people from diverse backgrounds to access crucial information on responsible pet ownership.


This online animal welfare course allows individuals to learn at their own pace, reviewing and revisiting course materials as needed. This flexibility accommodates different learning styles and ensures that participants can grasp the content thoroughly. Course can be taken in one sitting or watched over several days. Must finish within 30 days of enrollment.


This pet owner responsibility class may be more affordable compared to in-person training options. It eliminates the need for travel expenses, facility rentals, or hiring instructors, making online animal care education more cost-effective for individuals on a budget. Texas Court Classes are competitively priced and designed for learner engagement.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Reputable online animal cruelty classes cover a wide range of topics, including pet owner responsibility, shelter and tethering, veterinary care, pet exercise, dog bite prevention, spaying, and neutering. Participants can gain a comprehensive understanding of pet owner responsibility practices and laws relevant to their jurisdiction.

Interactive Learning

Online courses often utilize multimedia elements, such as videos, animations, quizzes, knowledge checks, and interactive modules, to engage learners. These interactive components enhance the learning experience and help participants retain the information more effectively.

Continuous Learning

Some online animal cruelty classes provide ongoing resources, updates, or forums where participants can continue to enhance their knowledge and engage with instructors or fellow learners. This fosters a sense of community and ongoing education even after completing the initial course.

What's included in this online course?

Course Introduction

Introduces the course curriculum and federal and Texas laws related to pet responsibility.

Pet Responsibility

Become familiar with the Texas state and federal laws associated with pets & livestock.

Shelter & Tethering

Proper shelter and tethering of pets and livestock compliant with Texas state laws.

Veterinary Care

Recommendations for veterinary care and your legal responsibility as a pet owner.

Pet Exercise

Learn essential exercise that your companion pets need to be healthy and safe.

Dog Bite Prevention

A comprehensive dog bite prevention course for all ages to keep you safe around dogs.

Prevent Overpopulation

Knowing the laws and proper care of pets related spaying, neutering, and overpopulation


Review the staggering number of inhumane and pet cruelty cases in Texas.


Learn laws associated with pet hoarding and the housing of pets and livestock in Texas.


Learn the laws around dogfighting and understand your responsibility.


Review the laws around cockfighting in the state of Texas and your responsibility.

Assistance Animals

Understand your responsibility in the care and attacks on assistance animals.

Animal Cruelty

Know the laws and understanding your responsibility around animal cruelty.

Animal Welfare Act

Review the Animal Welfare Act and how it affects you and your pets in Texas.

Giving Up Your Pet

Learn your responsibility for relinquishing a pet to a shelter in Texas if you can't care for it.

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Additional Animal Welfare Course Information

100% Online

This pet owner responsibility class is 100% online, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

30 Days to Complete

You must complete the online animal welfare course within 30 days of enrollment.

70% Passing score

To complete this course you must pass the final evaluation with at least a 70% score.

Test retakes

If you do not pass the course evaluation, you will have to pay $25 to retake the course. No exceptions.

No refunds

Frequently Asked Questions

There will only be a refund if Texas Court Classes cancels your class. If the student fails to be present for all days of the course, the student will be disenrolled and will have to enroll themselves again through

Yes, you can reschedule your selected class only if your class HAS NOT already started.

Yes, you can take these courses from any county in the state of Texas!

The DOEP course is 15 hours for 5 consecutive days.

The DWIE course is 12 hours for 3 consecutive days.

The DWII course is 32 hours for 5 weeks.

Online course certificates are available IMMEDIATELY after successful completion of the course.

Texas Court Classes will email you & DPS (if needed) your certificate within 5 business of completion for Zoom courses, including DOEP, DWIE, and DWII.

Depending on how late you are to class, you may be locked out of your Zoom course and required to start the course from scratch. You will then have to pay for the entire course again.

Because Texas Court Classes is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations, you cannot miss any sessions. You will have to pay to take the class again from the beginning.

Yes, however for the final examination (on the last class) you will need a secondary device. You have to be visibly present while taking the exam.

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