Roger Abrantes

Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology, and BA in Philosophy, DHC, DF, MAPBC, born in Portugal in 1951, currently based in Cambridge, UK, and Thailand, has lived in Portugal, Denmark, USA, Australia, and Tanzania. He is an instructor at CNCA (USA), a special advisor for the GNR (Portugal) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the DHVE (Germany).

He is the author of 27 books in English, German, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, and Czech, and numerous articles on behavior. He is probably one of the most versatile ethologists in the world. His work ranges from lecturing at Ethology Institute Cambridge, to guest lecturing at universities worldwide, giving popular talks, training police officers, SAR teams, and rats to detect landmines in Tanzania Apopo), as well as performing marine environmental management duties (he is a certified Divemaster, Rescue Diver, and Sea Captain).

He has written popular books with sound advice to pet owners as well as theoretical scientific dissertations. He teaches ethology, animal learning and epistemology (theory of knowledge), besides his practical work with dogs, horses, cats, Guinea pigs, rats, and sailing and diving operations.

He is a popular guest on TV and radio programs in various countries.

"Animal Training My Way"—Roger Abrantes from 1984 to 2014.

“Animal Training My Way”—Roger Abrantes from 1984 to 2014. (Photos by John Larsen, Lise Jernigan Bain and Cristina Brandão).

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 often lectures in the US.

His most recent book, “Animal Training My Way — The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism” revolutionizes animal training as much as his first book “Psychology rather than Force” did in 1983.

Roger Abrantes is particularly known for his meticulous approach to the study of behavior with concise definitions and logically sound argumentation; for his views on social behavior and its applications to the daily understanding of pet behavior; and for his dedicated working methods, a functional merging of Ethology and Behaviorism.

His actual work involves research into the philosophical aspects of evolutionary biology and writing articles and blogs (besides his sailing and diving commitments).

Roger Abrantes is truly a citizen of the world. If you ask him where he lives, he will answer you, “Planet Earth.” His bases are Cambridge in the UK and Ao Phang Nga in Thailand. He speaks nine languages, English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Danish, and Swedish (fluently), Italian, German, and Thai (less fluently).

He is a keen sportsman, having raced cars for many years and played roller hockey in the German Bundesliga where he was his team’s first goalkeeper until well into his 50s. Nowadays, he plays pool (8-ball and 9-ball), runs, sails, and dives. When he’s not working, he dedicates himself to his two life-long passions: reading (everything) and listening to music (Blues, Rock, New-Age, Opera)—and preferably on a sailing boat!

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