The Other End of the Leash https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. Mon, 18 Jan 2021 19:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 103761291 “Recovery Collars” After Surgery–Do They Work? https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/recovery-collars-after-surgery-do-they-work https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/recovery-collars-after-surgery-do-they-work#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2021 18:59:38 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19395 Skip had surgery last Friday to remove his internal testicle (unilaterally cryptorchid), because of its higher probability of causing testicular cancer. (This issue… neutering or the removal of one testicle, is a huge one, and controversial at that. I started to delve into it as part of today’s post, but decided to wait for that […]

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Things We Do To Confuse Dogs https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/things-we-do-to-confuse-dogs https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/things-we-do-to-confuse-dogs#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:02:37 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19348                                 (Excuse me, there’s a growth on your head. Is it dangerous?) Recently I read an article in Bark Magazine titled “8 Things We Do That Really Confuse Our Dogs.” Written by Melissa Starling and Paul McGreevy, (and originally published in The Conversation), the authors lists several points to which I say Hear Hear! (And […]

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What Are You Going to Do With Your One Precious Life? https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/what-are-you-going-to-do-with-your-one-precious-life https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/what-are-you-going-to-do-with-your-one-precious-life#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2021 17:05:11 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19312 The title of this week’s post is from Mary Oliver’s perfect question: “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Here’s one answer: Become a Size 4, develop washboard abs, win the National Sheepdog Trials, cook perfect dinners that are perfectly healthy, rescue 1oo homeless dogs, and write a […]

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Pets on Zoom: I say More, not Less! https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/pets-on-zoom-i-say-more-not-less https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/pets-on-zoom-i-say-more-not-less#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2020 16:22:13 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19280 You gotta love our species. (This is my version of “Bless Your Heart.”) Sometimes we can’t stop using our brains too much. While looking for that viral video of one dog’s barking setting off an entire Zoom screen of other dogs barking (couldn’t find it anywhere… you?), I ran into a controversy on pets joining […]

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Tell Us Your Stories About Reading, or Missing, Canine Emotional Expressions https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/tell-us-your-stories-about-reading-or-missing-canine-emotional-expressions https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/tell-us-your-stories-about-reading-or-missing-canine-emotional-expressions#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:06:18 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19243 I’m not sure Maggie could be any clearer about an exuberant Basenji puppy who has come to visit. Captions for her facial expression welcome!   Nothing like the roil of the holidays, a global pandemic and a country in turmoil to get a person thinking about emotions. You know, those powerful internal forces that many […]

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Unwanted Advances–The Human Kind https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/unwanted-advances-the-human-kind https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/unwanted-advances-the-human-kind#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2020 17:04:39 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19208 No, not at a bar, you’re on your own there. I’m talking about people, ones with leash-straining, eye-bugging dogs, walking up into your and your dog’s face. I thought it would be interesting for us to have a discussion about how to handle it when others begin a face-to-face interaction that you or your dog […]

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What Are You Thankful For? https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/what-are-you-thankful-for-2 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/what-are-you-thankful-for-2#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:23:30 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19180 I often write about what I’m thankful for throughout the year, but a holiday titled “Thanksgiving” focuses a person’s attention. I’ve spent a lot of time swaddled with thanks since last Thursday, and I don’t want to give it up. So I’m asking you to grace us with your list, understanding that lists change every […]

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Gifts for Us All for the Holidays https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/gifts-for-us-all-for-the-holidays https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/gifts-for-us-all-for-the-holidays#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:33:04 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19141 Some of our neighbors put up Christmas Holiday lights two weeks ago. Jim followed suit, thinking why not do it when it’s warm outside? I’ve long been a bit of a grinch when it comes to starting the December holiday season long before we’ve eaten the last of the Thanksgiving turkey, but this year I’m […]

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Go Ahead, Play Hard to Get https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/go-ahead-play-hard-to-get https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/go-ahead-play-hard-to-get#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:53:06 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19100 Growing up in the 1960’s, girls like me were advised to “play hard to get.” (I notice now that the phrase was not “be hard to get,” but “play hard to get.” Sigh.) This, we were told, would make us more attractive to boys. I had no trouble with this in high school, because the […]

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Biology of Dogs: Book Review https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/biology-of-dogs-book-review https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/biology-of-dogs-book-review#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:00:55 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19076 I’ve been looking forward to receiving my copy of Tim Lewis’s new book, The Biology of Dogs: From Gonads Through Guts to Ganglia for a few weeks now, given all the buzz it has generated. And wow. I have not been disappointed. Lewis is a professor of biology at the University of St. Thomas (MN), […]

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