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

  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
  • Patricia B. McConnell
  • English
  • 15 May 2019
  • 034544678X

About the Author: Patricia B. McConnell

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, CAAB has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, teaching The Biology and Philosophy of Human Animal Relationships For fourteen years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio s Calling All Pets, which was heard in over 90 cities around the country.Patricia received her Ph.D in Zoology in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin Madison researching dog behavior and communication between professional trainers and working domestic animals.



10 thoughts on “The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

  1. says:

    This is animal behavioural science, not dog whispering, and it should be required reading for everyone who has a dog, is thinking of getting a dog, or is at all interested in dogs It s a necessary antidote or at least counterpoint to the wolf pack dominance school of dog training.The book is structured to compare and contrast primate including human behaviours and their underlying meaning with canine wolf and dog behaviours McConnell itemizes and then analyzes the natural behaviours that This is animal behavioural science, not dog whispering, and it should be required reading for everyone who has a dog, is thinking of getting a dog, or is at all interested in dogs It s a necessary antidote or at least counterpoint to the wolf pack dominance school of dog training.The book is structured to compare and contrast primate including human behaviours and their underlying meaning with canine wolf and dog behaviours McConnell itemizes and then analyzes the natural behaviours that people, as primates, exhibit and how these are sometimes at odds with those of dogs, sometimes lead to exactly the opposite response one is trying to achieve, and sometimes are downright cruel.Everything from hugging, to looking at, to talking to your dog behavours that are so ubiquitous and natural among humans, but which are often utterly confusing or even off putting to your canine friend.Read the book just for this, and you will have many a ha insights.But it is the discussion of dominance status aggression that I hope people pay most attention to The theme runs throughout most of the book, and the topic is covered in detail in several chapters McConnell does a good, diplomatic but thorough, job in dismantling the au courant pack leadership dog training ideology, and explains how its underlying premise is flawed, fundamentally mislabelling dogs as wolves She then persuades us of the stronger, kinder, evidence based andeffective value of positive training reinforcement reward And, she doesn t throw out the baby with the bathwater which is important Like the behaviourist she is, she gently corrects and provides alternative, well reasoned approaches that have a better chance at being effective.The problem with training based on dogs as wolves stems from they deeply flawed theory that because dogs are descended directly from wolves true , they therefore behave like wolves not true or at least, not true in some very specific and important ways The dogs as wolves theory goes on make a lot of assumptions about what dominance is, how it is dislayed in wolf packs, how dominance or rather, status is achieved in wolf packs and most precisely, how adult wolves correct their pups The gap between these already erroneous beliefs is then further widened when the assumptions are transposed to dogs, and becomes actually dangerous McConnell uses the term violent when these assumptions are used to derive training practices for dogs.McConnell does an outstanding job here at peeling back the layers of misconceptions including the pervasive ones that relate to how wolves discipline their young fact by very sharp, quick nips at their muzzles as a last resort after ignoring them hasn t worked fiction by pinning them or by shaking them by the scruff of their neck and how so called pack leaders behave even, who pack leaders are and what that really means.She acknowledges the controversy within the dog training world about these issues, right down to terminology dominance, aggression, status, discipline now an unholy mess of poor and misunderstood definitions and assumptions, no longer having much to do with the evolutionary biological facts and causing not just confusion, but out and out harm to animals Dominance aggression Incredibly rare, she says a misapplication of two terms that are already poorly defined to a wide range of behaviours that may not be either i.e., a dominance display or an aggressive one Not only does she acknowledge the high profile controversies, but she examines both sides of some of the practices that have emerged, including for example the dogs shouldn t walk through the door first principle that many hold as sacrosanct On this, she says there is some relevance to dogs of who goes through the door first, but it s not about who is the pack leader The chapters looking at pack leadership versus benevolent leadership are insightful, well articulated and I would hope eye opening to those whose only frame of reference for the role that humans play in their dogs lives is shaped by TV celebrities and trainers telling us we must assume the role of pack leader.She details some truly tragic cases where owners have received training advice, applied it blindly not knowing any better, and ended up with incredibly damaged dogs, some of whom simply could not be rehabilitated But she also tells heartwarming, beautiful and inspiring stories of where a simple readjustment based on acomplete understanding of the behaviour has resulted in a strengthened human canine bond and most importantly happy, healthy dogs and people.She talks a lot about her own dogs Border Collies and Great Pyrenees You will fall in love with them She outlines why behaviour is the primary and most important consideration in selecting a dog that s right for you and not necessarily breed She recognizes individual differences, even and especially within breeds At the same time, she understands the intricate, inextricable link between genetics and environment in creating behaviour She uses a great simile to explain it that will stick with meAsking if the behaviour of either one of us is genetic or environmental is like asking if bread is formed by the ingredients or by the process by which you put them together McConnell is a scientist rigorous, analytical and an unabashed dog lover who admits to spending long nights, every night, spooning with her dogs She loves them unreservedly That is what leaps off this page, like a Border Collie in a field of sheep her intellect and her emotion, well balanced and devoted to supporting the healthy, happy human canine bond

  2. says:

    I d read anything she writes She s a wonderful writer and I can never learn enough about dogs.

  3. says:

    I had been struggling with the idea of training my golden retriever puppy I had been reading everything in sight because I wanted to do the right thing and in the process have a well behaved dog It came as a surprise to me that , as educated as I thought I was becoming , problems still snuck in Ms McConnel s book completely changed my way of thinking I now relish the challenge of trying to communicate in a very loving but firm way with my dogjust like I would with my children I had been struggling with the idea of training my golden retriever puppy I had been reading everything in sight because I wanted to do the right thing and in the process have a well behaved dog It came as a surprise to me that , as educated as I thought I was becoming , problems still snuck in Ms McConnel s book completely changed my way of thinking I now relish the challenge of trying to communicate in a very loving but firm way with my dogjust like I would with my children The difference is that dogs have their own language Not only do they have to learn to deal with us but it is our duty to learn what they say, as well I feel muchrelieved and patient and I can honestly say that my 6 month old puppy is responding beautifully This book is a life saver or should I say dog saver

  4. says:

    This was a fascinating book about the psychology of dogs, but based on a muchscientific approach than Cesar Millan s version of dog psychology This is not so much a training manual, but part advice, part memoir, part comedy I found the difference between a primate approach and a dog approach to things so interesting, and Patricia McConnell is a very engaging writer I loved all her anecdotes about sheep herding As someone who has owned a dog in the past, and hopes to do so again in the This was a fascinating book about the psychology of dogs, but based on a muchscientific approach than Cesar Millan s version of dog psychology This is not so much a training manual, but part advice, part memoir, part comedy I found the difference between a primate approach and a dog approach to things so interesting, and Patricia McConnell is a very engaging writer I loved all her anecdotes about sheep herding As someone who has owned a dog in the past, and hopes to do so again in the future, I think this will really affect the way I approach my relationship with dogs in the future

  5. says:

    4 1 2 for this one..I am desperate to understand how to communicate with my dog and this book sets the stage for that I m a snotty academic with a Master s in Anthro so, I also love the fact that an individual with a background in ethology is describing not only canine behavior but our own primate actions reactions I ll definitely be reading her other books.

  6. says:

    I learned a few things from the book about my interactions with my dog, but mostly, it is not a very engaging read I couldn t finish it.I could not get over the author s short, but frequent, quips to remind us how qualified she is to be writing about the subject at hand OKAY, we get it You got a PhD Let s leave it alone now Chances are, people already acknowledge your qualifications if they picked up your bookThe other major problem I had with this book is that it focuses too much on the I learned a few things from the book about my interactions with my dog, but mostly, it is not a very engaging read I couldn t finish it.I could not get over the author s short, but frequent, quips to remind us how qualified she is to be writing about the subject at hand OKAY, we get it You got a PhD Let s leave it alone now Chances are, people already acknowledge your qualifications if they picked up your bookThe other major problem I had with this book is that it focuses too much on the behaviors of other primates Yes, we re all interrelated, but I wanted to read a book about the relationships between dogs and humans If I wanted to know about the science behind all primates, I would have picked up a biology textbook.If you re a dog lover and want to knowabout what s going on in your dog s head, I m sure there are other books that areenjoyable to read andinformative

  7. says:

    this is one of my all time favorite books i love the way P.M writes, including anecdotes and then going through to explain the details of what she thinks about it i think everyone who owns a dog should read this book.

  8. says:

    What a great book, a must for everyone with a dog in their family McConnell explores how dogs and humans have a lot in common but are separated by our different languages She explains how you can communicate in a way that any canine can understand, and put that to practical use with your pet.I like her down to earth admissions that even the best dog trainers sometimes repeat commands and raise their voices, even though they know it doesn t work It s just a very natural behaviour for primates What a great book, a must for everyone with a dog in their family McConnell explores how dogs and humans have a lot in common but are separated by our different languages She explains how you can communicate in a way that any canine can understand, and put that to practical use with your pet.I like her down to earth admissions that even the best dog trainers sometimes repeat commands and raise their voices, even though they know it doesn t work It s just a very natural behaviour for primates Her stories about her own dogs and families she s worked with are great too And I appreciated her nuanced discussion of the concept formerly known as dominance , which I know is a loaded topic.I ve already started using blocking with my pup and he responds to it much better than my previous paw waving That makes me confident that McConnell s other recommendations will work well too I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a family companion with good manners, and has an interest in how dogs see the world

  9. says:

    Reading this book will change the way you interact with dogs, and for the better We have a 2 year old pit corso, Ramona, who was sometimes slow to respond to our input, though it was clear that she wanted to please After modifying my behavior around her based on McConnell s advice, Ramona s response is near instantaneous, cheerful, and confident.Note that I started, and finished, this book yesterday and am already speaking in the past tense regarding results Basically, I started with my chan Reading this book will change the way you interact with dogs, and for the better We have a 2 year old pit corso, Ramona, who was sometimes slow to respond to our input, though it was clear that she wanted to please After modifying my behavior around her based on McConnell s advice, Ramona s response is near instantaneous, cheerful, and confident.Note that I started, and finished, this book yesterday and am already speaking in the past tense regarding results Basically, I started with my changed behavior yesterday as I was reading, and the difference in Ramona s behavior was immediately noticeable One of therevelatory aspects of this book was showing the disconnect between what I thought my words and body language were conveying, and how they re perceived by the dog For instance, I like to pet Ramona on the head who doesn t like to pet their dog on the head, right which, it turns out, dogs hate And sure enough, once I knew what to pay attention to, I notice a very subtle flinch from Ramona when I extend my open hand over her head And building on that information, a later recommendation makes perfect sense when I m at my desk working and Ramona nudges me for attention, 2 quick pats on the head accompanied by enough in a low, monotonic voice followed by folding my arms and looking away, immediately conveys to Ramona that I want to be left alone at the moment, and she does exactly that.Experienced dog handlers and trainers will probably snort at my naivet but for a well intentioned but clueless dog owner, this stuff feels like magic.And the beauty of all this is that none of my changed behavior involves any of the alpha or dominant crap that so many dog trainers peddle McConnell devotes an entire chapter to the takedown of this philosophy and recommends assuming the role of the benevolent leader instead No threats or intimidation or punishment, just respect, consistency, clarity, and rewarding good behavior.Obviously I ve only had time to scratch the surface of what this book has to offer, but the immediate positive results of my efforts so far have made me a believer

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It is so weird because I have read so many puppy books, but Charlie is reallydog than puppy now, and it is time i face facts I no longer have any use on the how to books, and i want athoughtful perspective of dog human interaction which before, to be honest, i couldn t really understand these books until owning a dog In this book, the author compares the social structure of dogs as they have descended from wolves to the social structure of humans which I really enjoyed this book It is so weird because I have read so many puppy books, but Charlie is reallydog than puppy now, and it is time i face facts I no longer have any use on the how to books, and i want athoughtful perspective of dog human interaction which before, to be honest, i couldn t really understand these books until owning a dog In this book, the author compares the social structure of dogs as they have descended from wolves to the social structure of humans which have descended from chimpanzees There is no doubt that dogs and humans are compatible, but actually there are a lot of things incompatible about our species and understanding this can help your relationship with your dog For example, humans show affection and comfort by hugging Chimpanzees in the wild will actually clutch each other in fear if the are threatened Meanwhile, Rover sees this hug as a display of dominance and views it as a threat if given by a strange dog There is an interesting section of photos in the book showing smiling humans and hugging miserable dogs However, Rover will tolerate it since you keep filling his bowl Still, the majority of bites to children are in the facebecause they are hugging them yikes I hug charlie, I saw his reflection in the oven door, and he didn t look unhappy or happy, it was if he zoned out and waited for it to be over.I read this book cover to cover

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