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, youll 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.
"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
“Kerasote traveled the world in search of answers to these questions, and he truly offers the reader a range of expert guidance that will be beneficial for anyone who wants to ensure that their dogs will be healthy and well.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer “Kerasote takes nothing as gospel and nothing for granted . . . By distilling years of in-depth research on a wide array of canine health topics into a provocative, thought-provoking book, Kerasote has done us all a huge favor.” —The Bark “Every page bursts with an exceptional fusion of groundbreaking science, eye-opening facts and compassion for our canine companions. I keep going back to it as a trusted source of information and inspiration. This book is such a gift of life to all dogs.” —Judith Samson-French, DVM, founder of Dogs with No Names
"This might be the most important book about dogs written in a decade. Kerasote tells us early on that Pukka means ‘first class in Hindi, and first-class is a perfect description of Pukka's Promise. Its a brilliant integration of speculation, cutting-edge science and story, and will keep you up at night wanting to read more. Every dog lover needs to read this book."—Patricia B. McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash "Heres a dog lover who actually teaches his dog using modern training entirely: communication, observation, and now and then a clicker—not just to build a bond and a working relationship but also to create a running conversation between man and animal. This book also investigates kibble (Is it really good for dogs?) and vaccinations (Why so many? Why so often?) and other commercial pressures on our best friends wellbeing. What a good read."—Karen Pryor, author of Reaching the Animal Mind "Pukkas Promise is without question the most intelligent, most comprehensive book ever written about extending the lifetimes of dogs. Not only that, but its riveting. After years of flawless research plus a life of valuable experience, Kerasote has produced a masterpiece that everyone should read. From pet owners to professionals such as breeders, shelter-workers, and veterinarians, those who think they already know about dogs are in for a real surprise."—Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Lives of Dogs "Ted Kerasote gently and intelligently questions our fixed notions about living with dogs. Anyone who reads Pukkas Promise can't help but become a better dog person. I'd like it to be compulsory reading for all practicing vets and veterinary students."—Bruce Fogle, DVM, author of The Dogs Mind "Ted Kerasote, a born storyteller, writes about dogs with singular brilliance. Pukka's Promise is great fun but is also packed with important, surprising information; with wisdom, compassion, and love."—Dean Koontz, author of A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog "Ted Kerasote mixes science with love to take on the question every dog lover asks: Can I keep my dog alive longer? Pukka's Promise stirs our hopes for the future and gives us hard information for now."—Jon Katz, author of A Good Dog
"At once encyclopedic and intimate—a tour de force in canine appreciation." —Kirkus (starred review)
"A moving account of one man's journey to understand man's best friend inside and out... Kerasote's latest is heartbreaking, funny, and informative."—Publishers Weekly
Nationally renowned dog authority Patricia McConnell shares a profoundly new and exciting understanding of humans' relationships with dogs-and gives expert training instruction.
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.
From the best-selling author who writes "the most utterly compelling translation of dog to human I have ever seen" (Jeffrey Masson), a groundbreaking guide to giving our dogs the happiest, healthiest lives.
From the best-selling author who offers and#8220;the most utterly compelling translation of dog to human I have ever seenand#8221; (Jeffrey Masson), a joyful chronicle of a dog that is also a groundbreaking answer to the question: How can we give our dogs the happiest, healthiest lives?
When Ted Kerasote was ready for a new dog after losing his beloved Merle and#8212; who died too soon, as all our dogs do and#8212; he knew that he would want to give his puppy Pukka the longest life possible. But how to do that? So much has changed in the way we feed, vaccinate, train, and live with our dogs from even a decade ago.
In an adventure that echoes The Omnivoreand#8217;s Dilemma with a canine spin, Kerasote tackles all those subjects, questioning our conventional wisdom and emerging with vital new information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable dog lovers. Can a purebred be as healthy as a mixed-breed? How many vaccines are too many? Should we rethink spaying and neutering? Is raw food really healthier than kibble, and should your dog be chewing more bones? Traveling the world and interviewing breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal-welfare movement, Kerasote pulls together the latest research to help us rethink the everyday choices we make for our companions. And as he did in Merle's Door, Kerasote interweaves fascinating science with the charming stories of raising Pukka among his dog friends in their small Wyoming village.
Funny, revelatory, and full of the delights of falling in love with a dog, Pukkaand#8217;s Promise will help redefine the potential of our animal partners.
"Packed with important, surprising information; with wisdom, compassion, and love." —Dean Koontz When Ted Kerasote got his new dog Pukka, he found that dog culture had been transformed: dizzying choices of grain-free and raw food, conflicting arguments for and against vaccinations, and battles between positive and dominance trainers. Giving The Omnivores Dilemma a canine spin, Kerasote questions the common wisdom to show us how our dogs can have the best and healthiest lives today, no matter where we live. He weaves fascinating science and groundbreaking insight from breeders, vets, and animal advocates into the story of raising Pukka in the Wyoming wilderness. Fascinating and revelatory, Pukkas Promise “might be the most important book about dogs written in a decade” (Patricia B. McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash).
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.
Table of Contents
and#160;1.and#160;Too Soon Overand#8195;1
and#160;2.and#160;The Clocks of Dangerand#8195;8
and#160;5.and#160;Sifting the Genesand#8195;43
and#160;6.and#160;On a Farm in Minnesotaand#8195;67
and#160;7.and#160;Duration of Immunityand#8195;74
and#160;8.and#160;At Our Startand#8195;94
and#160;10.and#160;Building the Dikesand#8195;137
and#160;11.and#160;In the Time of the Big Lightand#8195;160
and#160;12.and#160;Carnivore to Monovoreand#8195;175
and#160;13.and#160;Should a Wolf Eat Corn?and#8195;187
and#160;14.and#160;Real Food, Many Formsand#8195;209
and#160;15.and#160;Whom Shall We Eat?and#8195;224
and#160;16.and#160;The Worst Word in the Worldand#8195;243
and#160;18.and#160;The Bad Good Deathand#8195;291
and#160;19.and#160;Shelters to Sanctuariesand#8195;309
and#160;21.and#160;The Flip Side of Spay/Neuterand#8195;330
and#160;22.and#160;Not Long Enoughand#8195;353
With Great Thanksand#8195;385