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This book is not a training manual. It does not offer steps on how to teach: sit, down, stay, off, etc. It facilitates understanding of both dog and human behavior. One end of the leash is the dog and the other end of the leash is us. It provides insight on how "bad dog" behavior is often misunderstandings in communication between our 2 species. It is an example on how to be a benevolent leader and friend to our dogs, because after all, we are life itself to our dogs. Very touching book, written from a place of true strength as a loving dog owner, as an animal behavior scientist and professional dog trainer. If you are a dog lover, please read this book. It will deepen your relationship with your companion.
Still one of the most important books written about dogs and the dog-human relationship ever written. The author breaks down dog research and animal learning in a way that makes it readable, engaging, and not dry at all. If you're looking for FACTS about our canine companions, how they think and how they hear and how they smell, and how that affects how they interact with us humans, and most importantly how we can effectively use this to interact with THEM, you need to read this book!
I liked the book, although it is more like a recreational book than a training book. She explain well and illustrated the relationship with canines and apes in general. For me it was pretty good , because I like to get the perspective of the dog in some ocasions and it helped me to understand a little bit more of positive re-enforcement.
However if you want to buy the book with the intention of training your dog you can get frustrated because she go on and on talking about her own dogs and some radom stories. It is more like a chatting than instructions.
I had been struggling with the idea of "training " my golden retriever puppy. I had been reading everything in sight because I wanted to do the "right" thing and in the process have a well behaved dog. It came as a surprise to me that , as educated as I thought I was becoming , problems still snuck in. Ms. McConnel's book completely changed my way of thinking . I now relish the challenge of trying to communicate in a very loving but firm way with my dog. ....just like I would with my children . The difference is that dogs have their own language. Not only do they have to learn to deal with us but it is our duty to learn what they say, as well. I feel much more relieved and patient and I can honestly say that my 6 month old puppy is responding beautifully. This book is a life saver or should I say dog saver!
Some have complained about the number of personal stories. I find it helps to make the book more readable - otherwise it might be quite dry - and I enjoy them as case studies. This is a very helpful book, and I would recommend it to people who have little to no experience with dogs in particular. Even old hands would probably still learn something new.
Really good book to read ! There are so many things I didn't even know about Dog communication until this book. All I can say is, I understand my dog a lot more now than before. I highly highly recommend. More if you are working with dogs.
Best book in regards to learning more about your dogs and yourself. I haven't read the whole book yet, but am a fair way into it and by the start of chapter two I was all ready realizing how much info I had learned from the first chapter alone. Very well written, very informative, and I would say this is a book that any dog owner should at least read once, I will be recommending it to family, friends, and anyone I know with a dog. I'm thinking of purchasing another copy just to be able to lend out to family and friends.
5.0 out of 5 stars... other book in the world will be half as good as this one
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 7, 2018
No other book in the world will be half as good as this one. Buy it, read it, read it again, follow the tips, read it again, amazing. In just a week me and my new mutt Simba have made enormous progress with nothing but love, kindness, understanding and patience. I threw out all the other books I had previously bought (down the recycling bin). I can't thank the author Patricia McConnell enough. I am even recommending it to humans who don't have dogs! Such a jewel! Best in the world!
Superb book and a must for dog owners !! It gives you REAL insight as to how they perceive us and why they are not at fault most of the time- it's us !!! For not giving clear signals! A dog does not understand us when we talk in sentence to it- it just picks up on tone and the 100's of movements you make ( without even being aware ) Try standing and looking in a mirror at yourself. Keep as still as you can but smile, then frown. Now do it again but this time observe the tiny changes you see in the muscles on your face. Try doing this with some one else and ask each other to do different things but NO TALKING !! This is only a small example of what your dog sees/ only he's aware of every muscle in your body- all at the same time- no sound needed and he can work out from these changes what you are doing/ going to do. For example; How many people follow a reasonably same routine before going out each time? You might have something to eat and drink, put your dishes in the sink,go to the bathroom, clean your teeth, brush your hair etc. Then come down stairs and get your coat and bag then check your bag to make sure you have everything before picking up your keys. By the time you have got to the point of brushing your teeth, your dog has already recorgnised that you are going and leaving him and at this point if he suffers from stress this is when it starts!! The book gives you SO MANY insights!!
5.0 out of 5 starsInsightful, Thought Prevoking Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2018
Brilliant book, written by a very experienced Dog Trainer, who not only has been in the business a long time, but also keeps her skills and knowledge up to date with Modern Canine Research & Science. Which is what any good Dog Trainer/Behaviourist should do. The book talks about the differences between canids (dogs) & primates (people) and how this causes problems in our behaviour and relationships with our dogs. Facinating and insightful! Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 starsExplains so much about dog psychology
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2013
I read Dr. McConnell's book, 'For the Love of a Dog, first and found it really helpful I just wish I had read it and Other End of the Leash when I had a very reactive, nervous rescue dog which was euthanased for aggression, in spite of having sought professional help. This book gives an invaluable insight into dog and human interactions and encourages more patience and understanding of our dogs to the benefit of both species! I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis isn't just another dog training manual.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2014
I have an 11 month old dog and so am interested in trying to understand how his mind works. McConnell is a trainer and dog behaviourist and uses her professional experience and her experience as a dog owner to write a very interesting and engaging book. Yes, there are some training tips, but I found it a good read, too.
This book is written from a highly original and illuminating perspective, in contrast to the profusion of books from the macho world of dominance-based training or the sometimes dry and over-simplified field of behaviourism. It's practical, fascinating, compassionate and deeply personal. Also often very funny. A book to be read and re-read.
5.0 out of 5 starsWorth Re-reading Again and Again
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2014
This is an extraordinary book, chock full of fascinating information on how dogs think and how our primate-type behaviour can be confusing to them unless we modify our ingrained habits. It's true that the personal anecdotes about the author's own border collies are a bit tedious, but it's true that they illustrate the behaviours and responses she's talking about. I read this book once cover-to-cover, and then immediately started to read it again cover-to-cover; that's how useful and interesting I found it. I only wish it were translated into Spanish for my Spanish husband!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2014
I have read over 60 dog training books (like most people who enjoy training dogs!) But I have to say this book is refreshingly different, it is also a very entertaining read. Highly recommend it to anyone who has a dog! One of my dogs is very sensitive and this book is certainly helping to improve our relationship!
4.0 out of 5 starsA good insight into how your dog thinks
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2014
This was a good look at the different ways in which we (as primates) look at things compared to the way our dogs (canids) look at them. Easy to read and comes with some nice practical tips, but a word of warning, the last section is about how it is sometimes right to give your dog up and how to deal with the death of your dog (had me in tears!)