Ten Minutes with Professor Abrantes

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The Dog Behind the Fence—Is It a Killer?

Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and ethology, explains “the dog behind the fence” behavior, critical and flight distances, and how we affect our dogs’ behavior.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.


Dogs Show Parental Behavior—Don’t They?

Ethologist Roger Abrantes, PhD., explains parental behavior in dogs, the role of the dog mother and the dog father in the education of the pups, and gives us a rule of thumb for choosing a puppy.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.


Dogs Show Us Pacifying Behavior—Don’t They?

Pacifying behavior is the most common behavior dogs show to one another and us. Ethologist Roger Abrantes, PhD., explains pacifying behavior and its function and gives examples of the most common canine pacifying behavior .

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.

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Dogs Aren’t Aggressive or Dominant—Are They? (Part Four)

Training versus breeding: which is the culprit in the aggressive behavior of dogs? Is dog training better now than in the 1980s? Ethologist Roger Abrantes, PhD., and Michael McManus, CAAE, debate these questions. 

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.

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Dogs Aren’t Aggressive or Dominant—Are They? (Part Three)

Are aggressive and fearful behaviors unconditionally bad? Ethologist Roger Abrantes, PhD., and Michael McManus, CAAE, explore how owners and trainers inadvertently teach dogs to be aggressive and the price we pay. 

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.

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Dogs Aren’t Aggressive or Dominant—Are They? (Part Two)

A fascinating conversation between ethologist Roger Abrantes, Ph.D., and Michael McManus, CAAE, about the troublesome behaviors of aggression, dominance, and hierarchies and how they affect dog trainers and breeders.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.


Dogs Aren’t Aggressive or Dominant—Are They? (Part One)

Ethologist Roger Abrantes, Ph.D., and Michael McManus, CAAE, animal trainer, have a fascinating discussion on aggression, dominance, and hierarchies in dogs and what it means for dog owners and trainers.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.

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A Dog Is Not a Wolf—Isn’t It? 

Some dog trainers are adamant that our dogs have nothing to do with wolves, but is that true? Dr. Roger Abrantes, an ethologist, has studied the topic in depth and presents the facts here.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.


Dominance in Dogs Is Debunked—Is It? 


Old wives’ tales dominate the dog world, and they’re aplenty about the concept of dominance. Are you confused? Ethologist Dr. Roger Abrantes sorts it all out for you with clear definitions and examples.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.

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Resource Guarding in Dogs—Is That a Thing?


You have heard the term, but does it describe a specific canine behavior or is it just a myth? Is it normal for dogs to display aggressive behavior when being fed? Ethologist Roger Abrantes, Ph.D., answers your questions.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Host: Jessica Pacheco.

What's Next?

What’s Next? 

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