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

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    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 experien......more

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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,...

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert applied animal behaviorist. Her company, Dog’s Best Friend, Ltd., specializes in family dog-training and treating aggression in dogs, and she is an immensely popular speaker around the country. She is the co-host of Calling All Pets, an animal behavior advice show syndicated to a hundred public radio stations, and works daily with four dogs (three border collies and a Great Pyrenees) on her sheep farm outside of Madison. Her Web site is www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com.


From the Hardcover edition.

Author:
Mcconnell, Patricia
Genre:
PETS / Dogs / General
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Publish Date:
04/01/2003
Copyright Year:
20030601
ISBN:
9780345446787
Height:
8.5 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.54 lb
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  • Your dog wants you to read this book!

    If there is a dog in your life, take the time to read this book. O'Connell explains why we act the way we do around dogs and why they respond as they do. A fascinating journey with a dog behaviorist - we are privy to her sessions with clients as well as her experiences with her own dogs. This book can help you approach your own dog relationships with a better understanding of human-dog interactions to make everyone involved happier! As one who has been living with and training dogs for competition for over 22 years, I was thrilled with this book. You will be, too.

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  • necessary info for dog owners!

    i've read many dog books, and this one rates as one of my top 5. the information about communicating with our dogs, and how they read our communication, is invaluable for me. easily readable, sweet anecdotes to make th epoints- i'm a much better human for my dog now. totally recommend.

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