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The Other End of the Leash Audiobook

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

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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 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.

©2002 Patricia B. McConnell (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing

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    LovinIt Fresno, CA, United States 08-06-16
    LovinIt Fresno, CA, United States 08-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A look at how your dog looks at life"
    If you could sum up The Other End of the Leash in three words, what would they be?

    As said many times, not a training book, but a good book to stop and take a look at your dogs probable thinking patterns, which affects training and so much more. I have a border collie, with a bit of Pit in her heritage. This book helped me understand her better, and opened up new ideas to getting through to her mood changes from loving to somewhat mean and very protective. We are breaking through some new barriers, I had began to give up on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other End of the Leash?

    The authors moments with her sheep dog, turned best friend.


    Have you listened to any of Ellen Archer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably not, but it did keep me coming back.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit wordy, and definitely not a training book per say, but should be a first book for all who want to train. I have a rescue who we have reason to believe was abused. Our first trainer was very loving, and our puppy cared very much for her and learned quickly. When she joined the police K-9 the new trainer trained with rough, jerks and pulls. Our dog resisted this training. The book goes into this type of activity, and the fact that earning the dogs love is first and most important. Makes me feel better about the fact that I was not being more forceful breaking our dog from her growls and snaps. Not raising my voice, and staying calm has moved us forward in our goals. The book did not tell me what to do, but showed me the mental approach, and what my dog was thinking. Fantastic results.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marion 08-31-16
    Marion 08-31-16
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    "A MUST READ for anyone who has or wants a dog!"

    Also a "Should Read" for anyone who has had a dog or loves dogs! This is by far the BEST book about dog friends and companions that I have found--ever. Not only is the writing conversational and the examples clear, they cover every possible situation a dog owner might encounter w/excellent suggestions on how to remedy the problem. The performance was equally outstanding, as Ellen Archer came across so convincingly, I had to check to see that it was not the author herself reading the story. In every aspect, this book was a real winner in my estimation. Instructive, educational and thoroughly entertaining as well. So much so, that I am contemplating buying the hard copy as a reference source. I no longer have a dog, but am planning on eventually getting another when our days of long distance travel have been satisfied.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bird dog 08-08-16
    Bird dog 08-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The other end of the leash"

    The narration is superb and the information visa vi style of written word, and thourough illustrative treatment of important literature; was; imho ... Left nothing lacking.
    If you train, or are part of a handling team or a compassionate,cerebral pet owner this book will fulfill that craving to understand modern techniques and how you can use them to develope that dream relationship across species that I as therapy dog enthusiast, really craved.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 07-06-16
    Angie 07-06-16
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    "awesome information"

    great information in a relatable manner by comparing hope humans expect a dog to do vs. what they're capable of

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 07-06-16
    Lisa 07-06-16
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    "Excellent!"

    this should be a must-read for every prospective dog owner. Great read for both novice and long time dog owners. Very well written.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. C. H 10-24-16
    K. C. H 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A long time favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to The Other End of the Leash the most enjoyable?

    It's always a good reminder to read or listen to this book again. I've been recommending this book to students for many years


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    Rachel 09-23-16
    Rachel 09-23-16
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    "Great Read"

    Loved this book. It's well written and I loved listening to it! Very entertaining and I feel like my relationship with my dog will be better because of this book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-22-16
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    "Required Reading"

    Don't get a "Dog To Be" or adopt one without reading this book. Your dog will forever be grateful that you did!

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    Elias Rodriguez 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read."

    Must read. If you got a dog, get this book. Read it twice. I will read it again.

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    Shelly Dee 02-20-17
    Shelly Dee 02-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent, but..."

    While I came away from this book with some helpful hints (consistent single word commands and don't keep repeating and raising one's voice) and certainly some fascinating insights into canine behavior, I felt it was written mostly with the larger breed dog in mind. I was hoping to find a couple of answers such as why my 7-year-old rescue Shih Tzu sometimes stops dead in the middle of the street and refuses to budge. On a leash, no cars around if you're wondering. Treats have taught her to stop, wait for a treat, come to me, and then stop again for the next treat. Not always, but often enough.

    Teaching her to not jump on visitors' legs at the door and strangers we meet in the street -- who I think without exception lean down and PAT her head just the way McConnell says is the way it shouldn't be done -- wasn't in the book. It seemed all about blocking large dogs with one's body.

    Long story short I am thankful that McConnell takes the spare the rod approach to dog training. I would no more strike my pet than I would have my child. But it's scary to think how people searching for help in pet training might take the advice of some so-called expert who believes otherwise.

    As I finish this commentary we've just played another game of catch me if you can so I can go on a walk. And I realize we've somehow taught her this (or she has taught us), but I wish I'd come away from reading this book with a solid step one, step two, etc.

    Maybe I missed the summary where it says ... Use this type of sound or this type of command when for this situation and do this with smaller dogs, etc.

    Excellent overall; maybe on a second read I'll discover something I missed.

    PS -- Dog viewing is as appealing as open casket people viewing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr A Plant
    10/28/17
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    "Amazing"

    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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  • Judith Bull
    6/22/17
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    "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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  • Anonymous
    6/6/17
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    "Great read - good insight into how dogs think"

    beautiful stories while being incredibly informative, a must read for dog lovers and those wanting to learn how dogs think

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  • Ke Donn
    godalming, u.k
    2/4/17
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    "Great read for dog owners"

    interesting book with lots of helpful information that will help you understand your dog better

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  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    1/14/17
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    "Dog and human psychology"


    Fabulous insight to our own and our dogs behaviour. The author has a PhD in animal behaviour so she gives lots of examples and incidences of animal psychology which are so interesting.

    I bought this book to understand my dog better and just after a few hours of listening I tried some of the things she suggested and had instant results.
    I even got the kids to listen to some of the book so they would understand that the dog does not want to be continuously petted and pulled about, they seem to have understood too.

    As much as our dog is tolerant and never gets angry with us I hope our relationship with him will be even better as we now understand his nature and his needs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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