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The Other End of the Leash

Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
McConnell, Patricia B. (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships. From the Hardcover edition.
Authors: McConnell, Patricia B.
Title: The other end of the leash
why we do what we do around dogs
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003
Characteristics: xxvi, 246 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Patricia B. McConnell
Notes: First trade paperback ed
ISBN: 034544678X
9780345446787
Branch Call Number: 636.7 M129o 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 226-249) and index
Subject Headings: Dogs Behavior United States Dogs Training Dogs Social aspects Dog owners Human-animal relationships
Topical Term: Dogs
Dogs
Dogs
Dog owners
Human-animal relationships
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Found this very helpful in training and understanding our Husky!

Jun 17, 2011
  • MOM_MY11206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent book for dog-lovers!

Jan 10, 2011
  • Dundas10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Do your dog and yourself a favour. Forget the tv star dog trainers.
Read this book.

You'll think twice before giving your pup a hug.... because you will learn the right way to praise your dog.

Interesting read on animal behaviour.

Dec 27, 2008
  • vickiz rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Patricia McConnell is an applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with over 20 years' experience who is also besotted with her own dogs, who include border collies and a Great Pyrenees. She posits an approach to dog training and human-dog relations that is both refreshing and remarkably common sense. She contends that many of the miscommunications between humans (primates) and dogs (canids) stem from the fact that primates vocalize and employ physical cues that often convey to canids the opposite message of what is intended. For example, primates use ventral-ventral (face-to-face, chest-to-chest and eye-to-eye) physical approaches such as hugging and kissing to show affection ... and canids typical find such approaches rude and aggressive.

When primates can understand how to use body language that is more appealing to a canid, such as side and perpendicular approaches and avoiding eye contact, they will achieve the obedience and cooperation, not to mention affection, that they are seeking with their canine friends.

McConnell's style is down-to-earth and appealing, with memorable stories and examples.

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Feb 20, 2009
  • vickiz rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

... just as I can't discuss world peace with [my dog] Tulip, there's something that I get from my connection to her that I can't get from my other, human friends. I'm no even sure what it is, but it's deep and primal and good. It has something to do with staying connected to the earth and to sharing the planet with other living things. We humans are in such a strange position - we are still animals whose behavior reflects that of our ancestors, yet we are unique - unlike any other animal on earth. Our distinctiveness separates us and makes it easy to forget where we came from. Perhaps dogs help us remember the depth of our roots, reminding us - the animals at the other end of the leash - that we may be special, but we are not alone. No wonder we call them our best friends.

Dec 27, 2008
  • vickiz rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Every year several students come to see me at the university and ask how they can become an Applied Animal Behaviorist. Some of them tell me they are interested primarily because they love animals so much and work themselves up to confessing that they don't really like people much at all. But we humans are an integral part of the lives of domestic dogs, and we can't fully relate to a domestic dog without taking our own species into account. The more you love your dog, the more you need to understand human behavior. The good news, speaking as a biologist, is that our species is as fascinating as any other. I find myself just as enamored of Homo sapiens as I am of Canis lupus familiaris, because even when we humans are idiots, we're interesting ones. So I invite all of you to show our own species the same patience and compassion that we show dogs. After all, dogs seem to like us a lot, and I have the utmost respect for their opinion.

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