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The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogsby Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D
Overturn some of your most cherished ideas concerning your best friend. Not a how-to or training manual, but a key to revolutionize the way you and your dog comport yourselves at either end of the leash.
Synopses & Reviews
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:
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.
"It matters greatly that people who love dogs understand enough about them to provide a good environment, writes McConnell....[This book] offers sound advice for dog owners....[A] helpful guide for pet owners by a specialist who clearly loves her work." Publishers Weekly
"Good reading for dog lovers and an immensely useful manual for dog owners." The Washington Post
"Vivid anecdotes and keen insights....A wonderful book...[that] exudes wisdom and passion throughout." Bark Magazine
"McConnell explores dog-human communication with down-to-earth science and entertaining anecdotes....Whether you have a dog with a behaviorial problem or you just like dog stories, this book is a milestone in the field and a great read." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Quite simply the best book I have ever seen about training; humane, compassionate, intelligent, and startlingly new!" Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., author of Dogs Never Lie About Love
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Nationally renowned dog authority Patricia McConnell shares a profoundly new and exciting understanding of humans' relationships with dogs-and gives expert training instruction.
About the Author
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.
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