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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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awesome information

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

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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.

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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.

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Could be great with a little less about the author

Other reviewer said this is well, the author almost seems to be defending her credibility to write this book. So much of the book was useful, but it took a very strong stomach keep hearing about her academic proficiency. It would do her well to do a rewrite and take most of that out, it belongs on the jacket of the book

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Not as helpful as I hoped

Some decent individual points about how to use body language to communicate better with dogs, but the great majority of the book was bloated with personal anecdotes about how much the author loves her dogs.

I was disappointed as there was very little info on how to correct a dogs behavior or thoughts on overall training methodology.

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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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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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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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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  • 03-04-19

great

having worked in canine behaviour myself but not for some time this was great and brought me to tears at some points

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  • Cecilia
  • 09-18-19

Incredible book, incredible author

I don't even know where to begin on how amazing this book is. I'm normally not the type of person to leave a review, because I'm lazy, but this book seriously deserves all the praise. I'm a professional dog behaviourist and trainer and the things I learnt through this book, as well as common ideas being solidified in my mind is astounding. I'm literally about to listen to it all over again to help further cement my knowledge.

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  • James
  • 02-21-19

Great book, fantastic narration.

Really insightful book and felt like it was being read by the writer. Will be listening to this many more times

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  • Gary Robinson
  • 08-14-20

Some good insights

Information, examples, explanations and humour all mixed in together to made an interesting listen that gave me a few more nuggets of insight into canine / human behaviour.

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  • S M GOULD
  • 05-18-18

a must for any dog owner or professional

A brilliant thought provoking book bursting with facts and information to help build a better dog bond with your best friend

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  • Mr A Plant
  • 10-28-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-17

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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  • Miss V.
  • 11-07-21

A worthwhile listen

Helped me understand some of the reasons my dog does what he does, and see that my responses to some of it were just making things worse. This was an easy listen and very interesting

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  • 07-26-21

Amazingly written, informative, very well narrated

Loved everything about it. Learned a ton, narration is one of the best I've heard so far

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-10-21

Must read for every dog owner

Every soon-to-be dog owner should read this book (or listen to an audiobook) for his own and the dog's sake. The author makes so many things so much easier to understand. It's informative and interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-19

What an amazing book!

I absolutely loves this book. I love learning about dogs and I doing this book extremely informative and just so enjoyable. I would totally recommend it to anyone wanting to understand their dog a little better.
Having the book narrated by Ellen Archer was also very enjoyable. I’m so happy to have come across this book.

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  • Dagmar Hartmann
  • 07-08-21

Perfect for dog lovers

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book! It was not a dry lecture as I kind of expected, but interesting and very informative. I learned a lot of things I didnt know, and others I were reminded of.
Very important was the excellent presentation by Ellen Archer. She made it fun and interesting to listen to. I will probably now nuy the printed version as well, so I can highlight and re read the most important parts for me.

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  • Nonna
  • 05-26-21

Great book!

It's a great book, which worked personally for me as a reminder of how different human and dogs are and how similar we are.
I would recommend to every loving dog owner to read or listen to this book.
Sometimes we nee to put our selfishness aside and see what are we doing wrong, how we can communicate clearer with our dogs and build a stronger relationship, because it's our duty to do so!

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  • TM Carter
  • 07-31-20

a must read for every dog owner

just brilliant, where you currently have a dog or are intending to get one 🤗

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-19

Amazing book for owners and trainers

First of all, I take my hat off to the narrator, I don't think it could have been better, I really enjoyed how she uses her voice to convey all the different parts and situations.

This book is one I will recommend to every dog owner and any starting trainers like me. Too much in dogs is considered known intuitivelly, but its just us trying to explain dogs through a human filter. We centre our attention on canine behavior and little on primate. The author gives a great, enjoyable and easy to listen explanation on how these two behavior patterns interact and how to improve our relationship with our dogs by looking at ouselves and how it influences our canine friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-19

The holy grail for every dog lover!

Outstanding book. Beautiful captures the essentials of a harmonious human / k9 relationship. I would highly this book to any animal sociology/psychology enthusiast. Cheers from Linda and her border collie Indie from New Zealand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-19

Best book ever

I absolutely loved it! So many wow moments, laughter, tears, smiles and head nods. Patricia is an inspiration and the way she writes is just perfect, so honest, humble and true.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-19

Amazing

The most informative and emotive book on understanding the nature and intelligence of dogs - beautifully narrated and a joy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-19

Conrad the Maremma

I have read Patricia's book in conjunction with doing basic dog training and this has facilitated Conrad's learning.

I was blown away with the practical advice and tips Patricia McConnell gave in this book. Her knowledge and innate judgment has enhanced both our lives. Instead of becoming frustrated I know now how to counter with good commands that are willingly complied with.

Bad habits like barking and 'play fight' have been sorted and best of all recall is improving week by week. Conrad is very stubborn but he is now changing into a joyful, dutiful hound.

A must read if you want to get into the psyche of your 'best friend'.

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  • Lynda
  • 02-05-19

If you want a in-depth view about dogs

This is it I loved listening to this book as a pet sitter and dog walker I have also done a dog training course , I still learnt so much I think this is a must for anyone with a dog it gives you an easy to understand explanation of dogs and there behaviours.