The Other End of the Leash
by Patricia McConnell
The Other End Of the Leash is one of those books you return to again and again; one that I have lent to many dog owning friends, and, in my opinion, one that everyone who lives or works with dogs should read.
There are many “aha”, “of course” and “why didn’t I think of that” moments when reading this book; it makes you very aware of your own actions, how you behave around dogs, and you realize how the smallest change in your voice, gesture or even change in posture you make (intentional or not) can make a big difference to a dog.
And even though humans and dogs have cohabitated for thousands of years, we are different species who speak different languages and sometimes things get lost in translation. What’s acceptable and normal behavior to you might not be to your dog. Hugging is a great example: we hug our dogs because we love them so very much and they’re so cute, but to a dog, a hug can be a very aggressive action. And even though most pets take this human behavior in stride, for some, their first instinct is to growl, or even bite the offender.
World-renowned Applied Animal Behaviorist, teacher and author Patricia McConnell is a very entertaining and humorous writer and in this book, she shares lots of examples, stories and case studies. Some will make you smile, some will make you cry, but all of them will teach you how to interact with dogs in a whole new way.