Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB is an ethologist and certified applied animal behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for more twenty-two years. She combines a thorough understanding of the science of behavior with years of practical, applied experience. Her nationally syndicated radio show, Calling All Pets, played in more than 110 cities for fourteen years and her television show Petline played on Animal Planet for two and a half years. She was the behavior columnist for The Bark magazine ("The New Yorker of dog magazines"-Time) and is adjunct professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." Dr. McConnell is a much sought-after speaker and seminar presenter, speaking to training organizations, veterinary conferences, academic meetings, and animal shelters around the world about dog and cat behavior, and on science-based and humane solutions to serious behavioral problems. She is the author of thirteen books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash (translated into fourteen languages), For the Love of a Dog, and Tales of Two Species. She lives with her Border Collies, Willie and Maggie, her rescue Cavalier Spaniel, Tootsie, and a very spoiled flock of sheep, and suffers from separation anxiety when she leaves them.
It matters greatly that people who love dogs understand enough about them to provide a good environment, writes McConnell (Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage Your Multi-dog Household) in her thoughtful exposition on improving human-canine communication. An animal behaviorist and adjunct professor of zoology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, McConnell offers sound advice for dog owners: Pay attention to your own behavior. Believe me, your dog is. Drawing on anecdotes from her professional practice (she specializes in canine behavior problems), research into the work of other dog trainers and personal experiences with her beloved Border collies, the author explains how a dog might be misinterpreting signals from its owner. For example, although humans express affection through hugs, a dog may feel threatened by them. McConnell also provides tips on how to play safely with dogs (she recommends games of fetch rather than rough-and-tumble wrestling) and how to get them to do what you want (the best way to get a dog to stop demanding attention is simply to break off visual contact). She has harsh words for trainers who tell owners to establish dominance over dogs by behaving aggressively to them when they are young, and also for owners of puppy mills. These dog factories, she says, create damaged animals and unsuitable pets. This is a helpful guide for pet owners by a specialist who clearly loves her work. B&w photos not seen by PW. National publicity; author tour. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Good reading for dog lovers and an immensely useful manual for dog
owners."-The Washington Post
"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
"McConnell explores dog-human communication with down-to-earth science and entertaining anecdotes. . . . 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
"Patricia McConnell understands the behavior of dogs and their owners as Jane Goodall understands chimpanzees. . . . Well written, insightful, and often moving . . . A must-read for everyone who holds one end of a leash."-Charles T. Snowdon, Ph.D. Former President, Animal Behavior Society
"McConnell's book offers unique insights into canine logic. Even humans-and this is her greatest achievement-start to make some sense here."-Savannah News