The Other End of the Leash

  • by Patricia McConnell PhD
  • Narrated by Ellen Archer
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 20 years of 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 "alpha-wannabes!"

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.


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what an amazing book. when it started i wondered why we were predominantly talking about primates but this became very apparent and was a new and very interesting way to look at animal behaviour. what started as a book I was not sure I was going to enjoy, ended as a book I adore and will be strongly hinting at as a present for Christmas (in paperback form).
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- Mr A Plant

very informative and dog and human behaviour

I was looking for insight on how and why dogs think, behave and what they do. this book definitely makes you think about things as well as making you realise what effect your own actions have.

I even went and bought the actual book to make it easier to refer to particular parts later on.
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- Judith Bull

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2016
  • Publisher: Publishing