The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
ISBN: 034544678X
EAN13: 9780345446787
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 29, 2003
Pages: 246
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.2" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
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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. Although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are, after all, 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 will 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 Read More chevron_right

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5
   Great background to bolster your training efforts.
If, like me, you're learning the techniques of positive reinforcement methods, you will also want a second book with more details. I found the book highly valuable, even though I couldn't read it. While she offers many directly appliqué training suggestions, Hamner's value lies in shaping your understanding of a dog's behavioral mentality and how to best present yourself to your dog to achieve good results. And, for example, when a dog, in training, is running away from you, you need to stop it first with one drawn-out, soothing sound like Whooaaa. Simply put, it takes a series of stacatto sylbarons or claps to get it back. Great trainers, whether they are dog trainers or horse trainers, know this. Just about everything about this deal is perfect: I do too, as well as much more.
 
4
   A very good book on puppy/dog training
Very good book, very thorough. There is no doubt that Senator Mitch McConnell knows what she is talking about. In her book, she talks about herself as much as the dog in training. It's just that the trainer may have exaggerated the picture of the star, or the dog may have been too timid. Feeling like I had gained a little more information from the book than I took away.
 
5
   So thats what my dog is thinking
Now I have long chats with my dog all night because I know what he is thinking. This one time, when I was reading this book, I was thinking about my dog and at that very second he walked into the room, shook his head and gave me a double thumbs up. I recommend this book to anyone.
 
5
   Not just a one-time read---a great reference for anyone who deals with a dog!
This is a book I recommend to most of the students I help train for Operation Freedom Paws, he said. Seems to me that dogs are more flexible than we are, and their patience with us is amazing.
 
4
   Actually more like 4 and a half stars
In Part 1, Blair explains how the differences between humans and dogs are innate. It provides a lot of insight, he said. Towards the end of the book, she wanders off topic a bit. There wasn't a lot of practical advice on training dogs, but there were enough useful tips that I would recommend it to others. Her writing style is easily accessible and her voice is also well-known.
 
4
   Good read for the student of bahavior modification.
The author is very well organized in her writing and very well versed in her field, which she is not afraid to reiterate. The problem is, she takes this subject of canine-human relationship too seriously. With more examples and a little more humor, I believe this book would be of more interest to a good many readers, even with a relatively pedantic approach, he said.
 
5
   Outstanding book!
The book is a great read. It is an exceedingly well written, well-organized book filled with examples and useful information. The author's witty one-line quips stand in sharp relief. Even though I'm not a fan of Dr. Goin's work, I chuckled and even laughed aloud throughout the entire book. Even if you're not in the market for training a dog, this is a great read.
 
5
   Great book!
What a great book, I learned so much about how dogs think and how my body language is so important. This book is a must-have for anyone who has service therapy dogs. It will help you become a better handler.
 
5
   Interesting Book
It is not for training, but rather, it will give you insight into the dog's behavior that helps you with the training.
 
3
   The book was OK, I did not like the author's attitude
This book wasn't what I thought it would be. I'm looking for feel good stories about dogs and their people, Raymond said. This is about an animal behaviorist and trainer and a few of the dogs she has worked with and lots about her own animals, and selective thoughts on how different species communicate with each other, she said. One thing made the book offensive to me and that was the authors' ongoing and overly repeated references to her PhD, her connection with the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The entire attitude of the book reeks of self-importance and how she can and does do things with dogs that others should not as she is so highly trained. I wanted to say to her face that others besides her have gotten themselves highly educated and are intelligent, even with dogs, and to stop with her promoting herself as something special, Raymond said.
 
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