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

By Patricia B. McConnell   |   Published On: Apr 29, 2003
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Take a walk on the flipside with The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs. A revolutionary, new perspective on relationships with dogs, this book focuses on the human behavior in this dynamic pairing—instead of the other way around. An applied animal behaviorist and experienced dog trainer, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around dogs, how they might interpret that behavior, and how to interact with dogs in a way that brings out their very best.

Because ultimately, humans and dogs are still two entirely different species, each shaped by individual evolutionary heritage—quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are candids (like wolves and foxes). Since both speak in a different native tongue, much gets lost in translation. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the viewpoint of your dog, you’ll understand much of what appears to be disobedience is simply miscommunication. This book teaches how to use your voice; why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea; why “rough and tumble” play can lead to trouble and how to play; and how dogs and humans share personality types. Striving to help you make the most of your life with your dog, the author combines wonderful true stories with scientific perspective in her own insightful, compelling style.

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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  • Item Number
    118613
  • Dimensions
    8.25 x 5.46 x 0.64 inches
  • Weight
    8.48 ounces
  • ISBN-10
    034544678X
  • ISBN-13
    9780345446787
  • Pages
    272
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Subject
    Training
  • Author
    Patricia B. McConnell
  • Publication Date
    Apr 29, 2003
  • Publisher
    Penguin Random House
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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best books you'll ever read about dogs.

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    This book was recommended to me as a beginner's read for entering into the world of dog training. It's humorous, thoughtful, full of personality and a large array of behavior science. The author is extremely well published and highly respected in the field of animal behavior and has been a dog trainer for well over 20 years. This book does an excellent job of breaking down some of the most common misunderstandings about the way humans and dogs communicate and illustrating how and where the misinterpretations happen between the two species. Then offers advice and practical knowledge about how we can learn to better communicate our intentions and desires to our furry friends and understand what This book was recommended to me as a beginner's read for entering into the world of dog training. It's humorous, thoughtful, full of personality and a large array of behavior science. The author is extremely well published and highly respected in the field of animal behavior and has been a dog trainer for well over 20 years. This book does an excellent job of breaking down some of the most common misunderstandings about the way humans and dogs communicate and illustrating how and where the misinterpretations happen between the two species. Then offers advice and practical knowledge about how we can learn to better communicate our intentions and desires to our furry friends and understand what they are communicating back. I recommend it now to all my friends and purchase it often as a "new puppy/dog gift" for dog owners. … more

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    So Much Fun!

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    This book is so informative, passionate, entertaining, and educational I am enjoying every page! The author makes such clear examples and explanations throughout, and I am learning how to "dog-speak" with much more clarity. Thank you, Dr. McConnell, for helping me to be a better dog parent for our new furbaby!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    amazing book

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    Unique and interesting book. I throughly enjoyed it and have bought 2 more copies to give to my friend as vet. Fascinating perspective and well written.

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    Best Dog Book I've Ever Read

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    Can't recommend this book highly enough. This is amazing information for people who interact with dogs in any capacity - seasoned owner or first pup. This books allows you to effectively communicate with dogs.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect book for all dog owners!

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    Whether you’re a first time owner or have had many dogs throughout the years, this book is sure to open your eyes and really educate you as well as show things from a dogs perspective! Highly recommend!

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    Great info!

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    Great read! Some humor thrown in and it's easy to read. Lots of great info for all dog owners! The kind of info everyone should learn before owning a dog. It really helps humans understand dogs better, and will ultimately help the human make better choices for their best friend and improve upon their bond.

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    Good read, entertaining

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    Good tips, easy to read. I wish there were more practical "how-to's," but I get it isn't that kind of book. Good anecdotes!

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