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, 03 May 2021 21:01:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 103761291 Notes from Nippersink Sheepdog Trial https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/notes-from-nippersink-sheepdog-trial https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/notes-from-nippersink-sheepdog-trial#comments Mon, 03 May 2021 18:15:40 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19945   This week is all about the Nippersink or Swim Sheepdog Trial, outside of Lake Geneva, WI. It was our first competition of the year, and given that training hadn’t been going well, I didn’t have much in the way of expectations. But it turned out well, and most importantly, Maggie and Skip appeared to […]

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Skill, Natural Ability and our Dog’s Happiness https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/skill-natural-ability-and-our-dogs-happiness https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/skill-natural-ability-and-our-dogs-happiness#comments Mon, 26 Apr 2021 16:20:16 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19938   I’ve been thinking about Maggie a lot lately, and wondering whether she wants to continue to compete in sheepdog trials. She is always eager to work sheep, leaves the course (or did last year) as if eager to do it again, even when it went badly. She clearly adores the part she’s good at […]

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Working on Sound, or, Making Better Noises https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/working-on-sound-or-making-better-noises https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/working-on-sound-or-making-better-noises#comments Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:51:25 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19893 A dear friend (thank you Kathy!) sent me an autographed copy of a wonderful book, The Great Animal Orchestra, by Bernie Krause. Subtitled Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places, the book is a “. . . travelogue of sound, based on a lifetime of study, (and) will leave you hearing–and seeing–nature […]

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Chirag Patel and the “Bucket Game” https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/chirag-patel-and-the-bucket-game https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/chirag-patel-and-the-bucket-game#comments Mon, 12 Apr 2021 20:58:31 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19854 I wrote about Chirag Patel, as a rising star in the dog training world in July of 2018 (or, a million years ago, in the Before Times), and am loving the opportunity to write about him again. What he calls “The Bucket Game” has gotten a lot of attention lately, as well it should. I’m […]

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Hello Spring! https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/hello-spring https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/hello-spring#comments Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:25:43 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19825 It’s all photos today, part of my celebration of spring. And wowser! It really does feel like spring now, which I am still struggling to wrap my head around. Is winter really over? This is Wisconsin after all, where it can dump massive amounts of snow in April, but it’s going to be 75 today […]

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Teaching the “Emergency Stop” (or “Flying Lie Down”) https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/teaching-the-emergency-stop-or-flying-lie-down https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/teaching-the-emergency-stop-or-flying-lie-down#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2021 17:33:53 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19772   Will your dog stop on cue when trotting, loping or full-out running away from you? I consider it an essential tool for any dog that is ever off leash. (When I say “running away,” I mean “running with their faces turned away from their humans, not “running away” as in packing up their dog […]

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Greeting Behavior and Separation Anxiety–Any Effects? https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/greeting-behavior-and-separation-anxiety-any-effects https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/greeting-behavior-and-separation-anxiety-any-effects#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:52:21 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19742 Having a dog with Separation Anxiety is no fun for the owner, and no doubt less fun for the dog. Mild cases include dogs who pace or whine for a bit after their owner leaves, while dogs with serious cases can injure themselves and/or destroy your house. I write about how to prevent and treat […]

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Misty & Gypsy’s Visual Signals to Us, Part Two https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/misty-gypsys-visual-signals-to-us-part-two https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/misty-gypsys-visual-signals-to-us-part-two#comments Mon, 15 Mar 2021 19:07:33 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19708 This is Part Two of last week’s discussion about what visual signals can and can’t tell us about the internal state and future behavior or our dogs. I should mention right away that I had planned to add my own comments about what we could discern from the video of Misty and the photo of […]

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What are Misty and Gypsy Telling Us About Stress Signals? https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/what-are-misty-and-gypsy-telling-us-about-stress-signals https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/what-are-misty-and-gypsy-telling-us-about-stress-signals#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:55:44 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19677 Misty, My Little Misty, aka MistyCuffs (no idea where that came from) was afraid of dogs she’d never met. She was one of those dogs who wanted to be in control all the time, and yet had no self confidence to go along with the power. (I called her the Richard Nixon of dogs.) I’ve […]

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Well, hello there, March. https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/well-hello-there-march https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/well-hello-there-march#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2021 20:33:33 +0000 https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/?p=19648 Full disclosure: March is not my favorite month. It’s a month of walking through mud to get to the icy places where you’re in danger of falling if you don’t take tiny baby steps, covering about 6 inches at a time. Then you cross the ice, and slip in the mud and fall down anyway. […]

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