Canine Behavior

by Roger Abrantes

Course Description

Canine Behavior studies dog behavior in the natural as well as in the human environment, reviewing the behavior of the domestic dog and the related species, wolves, dingos, African wild dogs, and jackals.

In lesson one, we take pacifying behavior and explain how behavior originates and evolves.

In lesson two we watch and review a movie of a pack of wild wolves, their struggle for survival, and the development of their intra-pack relationships.

In lesson three, you read “Dog Language,” which is the main textbook for this course.

Course Level

Beginner-Intermediate. This is an important course for all dog trainers. We have to understand the normal behavior of the dog before we can expect to be able to implement successfully any behavior modification technique. Dog training is full of myths and old wives’ tales bearing little or no resemblance to the reality that contributed to the evolution of canine behavior. This course will clarify it for you.

Course Textbook

“Dog Language—An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior”

by Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology.


Book contents

  • A review of dog language from A to Z.
  • The evolution of canine behavior.
  • Dog language.
  • Facial expressions.
  • Bodily postures.
  • Normal canine behavior.
  • Problem behavior.
  • Social behavior.
  • Agonistic behavior
  • Human–dog relationship.
    …and much more.

The book is not included in the course. You can purchase it by clicking one of the links below.


Supplementary Literature

Although not mandatory, we recommend that you supplement your readings with:

Online Studying and Tutoring

Watch the movie(s) and read the book(s). Join the course forum where you can read our tutors’ answers to questions previously posed by your colleagues. If you have a new question, do not hesitate in posting it.

The course forum is solely for academic questions. For administrative matters or difficulties accessing the functionality of the site, please submit a ticket.

Once you’re ready for it, take the quizzes. You may take a quiz as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take quizzes once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

Course Materials

Included in the course except for the main textbook, "Dog Language," which you will have to acquire separately (see links above in "Course Textbook").

Roger Abrantes

Born in Portugal, a citizen of the World. Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, B.A. in Philosophy. Speaks seven languages. Present work: lecturing on Ethology and sailing and diving in Thailand (marine biology environmental management).

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