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Roger Abrantes
Copyright 2014 © Barry M. Baker,
Roger Abrantes, PhD (Evolutionary Biology and
Ethology) DHC DF MAPBC, born in Portugal in
1951, has lived most of his life in Denmark.

He is the author to 17 books in English, German,
Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, and
Czech, and innumerous articles on behavior. He is
probably one of the most versatile ethologists in the
world. His work ranges from lecturing at the
Etologisk Institute, where he is the scientific
director, to appearances as guest lecturer in universities world wide,
popular talks, treatment of behavior problems, as well as teaching canine
and human behavior to police officers.

He has written popular books with sound advice to pet owners as well as
theoretical scientific dissertations. He teaches ethology, anthropology,
and epistemology (theory of knowledge), besides his practcal work with
dogs and horses. He is a popular guest in TV and radio programs in his
home country and in the US. His English books Dog Language–An
Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior and The Evolution Of Canine Social
Behavior became hits the moment they reached the US bookshelves. He
lectures often in the US.

Roger Abrantes is especially known for his views on social behavior and
its applications to the daily understanding of pet behavior; and for his no-
nonsense working methods, a practical and thorough application of
Ethology and Learning Theory, teaching the animal the new patterns
patiently and efficiently step by step. His actual work involves research
into the evolution of human behavior.

In 2002, he was appointed unanimously as President of the Association
of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors with headquarters in New
York City, USA. He is currently the scientific director of the Etologisk
Institut in Denmark His actual work involves research into the evolution of
human behavior.
Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of
Canine Behavior
Dog Language tells us why dogs do what they do and
how we can express ourselves so that our dogs can
understand us better. It is a systematic book, ordered
alphabetically with 293 entries and 94 beautiful
drawings illustrating over 150 different dog
First published in Scandinavia in 1986 as Hundesprog’, this book
became a great success and has since then helped many thousands of
dog owners, instructors, behavior students, and veterinarians to
understand dogs. Now available in English, the present edition of
is an updated, highly revised and enlarged version of the
original Hundesprog’.

Following the traditions of the school of ethology founded by Konrad
Dog Language is based on many hours of research,
observation, and study. Dog Language is a no-nonsense book, written in
a modern, uncomplicated style—a book for all readers with interest in
dogs, wolves and other canids.

Dog Language is a book that will benefit anyone interested in what
makes our dogs tick. It is a must for the professional dog handler or
behaviorist, as well as any pet owner.
Dog Language is well organized
and written in a clear, easily understood manner. The beautiful
illustrations help to explain what our canine companions are trying to
communicate to us and each other. This is a rare opportunity to tap into
the talent and expertise of a well known canine ethologist.’ Sandy Myers
(President of Narnia Pet Behavior, member of the APDT and NADOI)

‘If we are to understand the domestic dog’s natural behavior, we must
appreciate his social heritage and the adaptive significance of his many
complex behavior patterns. Roger Abrantes’ book
Dog Language
provides this knowledge, and presents it in an easy to use and
understand format. This encyclopedia of canine behavior is absolutely a
must for all serious students of canine behavior and training!’ Linda P.
Case (Lecturer in Companion Animal Science, University of Illinois, Dept.
of Animal Science)
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