The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

by Patricia B. McConnell
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The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell

The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.

After all, although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are still two entirely different species, each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are canids (like wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation.

The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn
• How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask.
• Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea.
• Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble–and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble.
• How dogs and humans share personality types–and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!”

In her own insightful, compelling style, Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other. This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345446787
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 79,176
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB is an ethologist and certified applied animal behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for more twenty-two years. She combines a thorough understanding of the science of behavior with years of practical, applied experience. Her nationally syndicated radio show, Calling All Pets, played in more than 110 cities for fourteen years and her television show Petline played on Animal Planet for two and a half years. She was the behavior columnist for The Bark magazine (“The New Yorker of dog magazines”—Time) and is adjunct professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching “The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships.” Dr. McConnell is a much sought-after speaker and seminar presenter, speaking to training organizations, veterinary conferences, academic meetings, and animal shelters around the world about dog and cat behavior, and on science-based and humane solutions to serious behavioral problems. She is the author of thirteen books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash (translated into fourteen languages), For the Love of a Dog, and Tales of Two Species. She lives with her Border Collies, Willie and Maggie, her rescue Cavalier Spaniel, Tootsie, and a very spoiled flock of sheep, and suffers from separation anxiety when she leaves them.

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JonJor More than 1 year ago
I don't have a lot of time to read, so when I do, it's important that the reading be intelligent, pertinent, applicable and well worth my time. This book is all of that. Hardly able to put it down, I would read at night until my eyes closed. I became a fan of Dr. McConnell's after reading some of her books that the shelter loaned me after I adopted my puppy from them. Highly, highly recommend her books, especially this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this book, I learned not only why my dogs respond to things the way they do, but why I respond to things the way I do. I also learned how I SHOULD respond to my dogs in certain situations. This book is not condescending or snobbish. The Author relates her own personal experiences and 'Duh' moments throughout the book, which gives insight into her ideas. A definite must-read for people who want to know how to communicate better with their canine family members.
Weirdness28 More than 1 year ago
This book is guarenteed to help you understand and communicate better with your dog.
sammyWA More than 1 year ago
We have a new highly reactive dog and the material in this book fits nicely with the classes that we are taking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other end of the Leash is a fascinating look into the canine/primate relationship. The book is a pleasure to read as well as offering a greater understanding about your dog and your own behavior around your dog. I talk about this book all the time, it's the best book I've read on dogs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A MUST HAVE for anyone who has - or is considering getting - a canine companion. My understanding and enjoyment of my little, yappy terrier has improved tremendously because of this book.
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McConnell gave me a new understanding of my relationship with my dog, not only from what my dog may be thinking, but what she may be interpreting from my actions. The title appropriately describes this book ... an examination of the emotions and actions of the individuals on both ends of the leash and how each causes action and reaction by the other.
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