Reading Recommendations from a Former Librarian - The Other End of the Leash

The Other End of the Leash shares a different perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs.  An animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another animal species, and ruminates on why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how we should interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.

The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the smallest 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 disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication.  

Things like:
• 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 “alphas!”

In her own insightful manner, McConnell combines 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.

Written by: Emily Black

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