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

Fascinating, insightful, and compelling, here is a book that connects you with your dog in a completely new way. One reviewer said: “What you don’t know about your dog could fill a book. It’s called The Other End of the Leash.” Considered a classic in the field, and now translated into 13 languages, this book will:

  • Revolutionize the way you interact with your dog
  • Show how different species share things, but still have confusion
  • Illuminate how dogs and people are the same and yet so different
  • Help you see the world from your dog’s perspective
  • Teach ways to communicate so that your dog understands you
  • Explain why training dogs isn’t always easy

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Would you like to know the secrets of getting your dog to come when called? (Act less like a primate and more like a dog!) Or how to play with your dog in ways that enrich your relationship rather than harm it? There’s all that and more in The Other End of the Leash, the book that, like no other, translates dog to human and human to dog. You’ll learn why the advice to “get dominance” over your dog isn’t based on canine “pack” behavior at all, how dogs and humans share personality types, and why the individuals of two different species have come to be best friends in the truest sense of the word.

A combination of science and soul, The Other End of the Leash explains why we get along so well with dogs, and yet why we so often mis communicate. Adult primates and adult dogs love to play, but we greet each other and express affection in very different ways. We humans love to hug—as an expression of love or comfort—while dogs see it as an assertive desire to control. (Note: Golden Retrievers have not read this chapter.) Through a combination of heart warming stories and accessible science, readers will come away with an entirely new perspective on their relationship with their dogs.

Who Should Buy

Everyone! There’s a reason this book has been translated into 13 languages. The Other End of the Leash is a must read for everyone who loves dogs, and would like to understand them (and themselves) on a entirely new level. Patricia has received emails from around the world thanking her for writing a book that has changed their lives, and that of their dogs, in a wonderful way. Given that Patricia’s mission in life is “To improve relationships between people and animals all over the world,” guess how happy that makes her!

When The Other End of the Leash came out, book critics said: “This book will have “legs.” Indeed it does, selling as many copies now as it did a decade ago. If you haven’t read it yet, your dog will thank you for ordering it. If you know someone who loves dogs but is stuck in the old (and often destructive) “dominance” perspective of training, this is the perfect book to help them understand their relationship with their dog in an entirely new light.


“Vivid anecdotes and keen insights… a wonderful book… [that]
exudes wisdom and passion throughout.”
-Bark Magazine

“EXCELLENT…Warm and informative, The Other End of the Leash
teaches us to bridge some differences and to honor others.”
-Dog Fancy

“This is a ‘must-read’ for all people who share their lives with dogs.
-Stanley Coren, PhD, author
How to Speak Dog & Why We Love the Dogs We Do

“The only problem with this book is that once you pick it up, you’ll find it impossible to put down.”
-Wayne Hunthausen, DVM

“Patricia McConnell understands the behavior of dogs and their owners
as Jane Goodall understands chimpanzees…”
-Charles T. Snowdon, Ph.D,
Former President, Animal Behavior Society

“Whether you have a dog with a behavioral problem or you just like dog stories,
this book is a milestone in the field and a great read.”
-Atlanta Journal Constitution

“What you don’t know about your dog could fill a book.
It’s called The Other End of the Leash.”
-Colorado Daily

“Thank you for a wonderful, well written book. It has given me enormous insight,
and I am recommending it to anyone who has ever loved a dog.”
-LynnSusan W., Scotch Plains, NJ

Product Details

Description: Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 034544678X
ISBN-13: 978-0345446787
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
Author: Patricia McConnell PhD
Publish Date: April 29, 2002
Number of Pages: 246

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