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The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs review Þ 105 ´ [Reading] ➶ The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs By Patricia McConnell Phd – Danpashley.co.uk Monkey See Monkey DoThe Importance of Visual Signals Between People and DogsBeing an Applied Animal BeMonkey End of the Leash EpubSee Monkey DoThe Importance End of PDF #10003 of Visual Signals Between People and DogsBeing an Applied Animal Behaviorist who works with aggressive dogs in my office is one thing Working with them on a stage in front of a couple of hundred people is another In a private consultation all your attention is focused on the The Other eBook #183 dog but when you re doing a demonstration your focus is divided between the dog and the audience Important signals may last only Other End of the Leash PDF a tenth of a second and be no bigger than a uarter of an inch so you can get into trouble trying to attend to both an audience and a problem dog Other End of ePUB #180 at the same time There s a kind of Evel Knievel feeling about working with an aggressive dog up on a stage You prepare meticulously to have all the odds in your favor You get a good night s sleep eat healthy food and interview the dog owner extensively beforehand You work with good reliable Other End of the Leash PDF people on whom you can count And then you hit the ramp and hope you ll make it over the canyonThe Mastiff I was working with at one seminar must have weighedthan pounds with a head the size of an oven He had been lunging at strangers for the last several months scaring his owners as much as their friends Tossing treats steadily I got closer and closer to him while I talked to the audience about what I was doing Out of the corner of my eye I saw that the Mastiff looked relaxed anticipating another treat breathing normally I turned my attention to a uestion from the audience as I continued tossing treats and took one step closer I was now only a few feet awayDonna s eyes alerted me I had glanced at Donna Duford a wise and experienced professional dog trainer and by the look on her face I knew I was in trouble The Mastiff was standing right beside me but had become chillingly still I glanced in his direction but looked directly into his eyes although only for a microsecond a mistake and a stupid one at that Direct eye contact with a nervous dog is a beginner s mistake that you either learn to avoid or you get out of the businessThe dog exploded like a freight train of teeth and muscle lunging right at my face His growl barks shook the building I did what every highly trained professional does in that circumstance I backed upLittle Movements Have Big EffectsIf I had not made eye contact with the Mastiff if my eyes had moved some fraction of an inch over to the left or right he wouldn t have lunged All that ballistic power would ve sat uietly watching if I had changed the path of my gaze a uarter of an inch A barely perceptible change in my behavior would have resulted in the stunningly obvious difference between a pound dog sitting uietly or launching toward my faceThat story may be a bit dramatic but the same impact of subtle movements underlies each and every one of your interactions with your dog Dogs are brilliant at perceiving minute changes in our bodies and assume each tiny motion has meaning Small movements that you make result in huge changes in your dog s behavior If you learn anything from this book learn that The examples are endless Standing straight with your shoulders suared rather than slumped can make the difference in whether your dog sits or not Shifting your weight forward or backward almost imperceptibly to a human is a neon sign to a dog Changes in the way that your body leans are so important that an incline of half an inch backward or forward can lure a frightened stray dog toward you or chase her away Whether you breathe deeply or hold your breath can prevent a dogfight or cause one I ve worked with aggressive dogs every week for thirteen years and I ve seen repeatedly that sometimes tiny movements can defuse a dangerous situation or create oneWhen I asked a veterinary student what she had learned after spending two weeks with me she said I never realized how important the details of my.
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Actions were how tiny changes in things like shifting your weight can have huge effects on an animal s behavior This information doesn t seem to be obvious to any of us But how strange given how important minuscule movements are within our own species As I asked in the introduction how far do you have to raise an eyebrow to change the message on your face Go look in the mirror right now if it s convenient Raise the corners of your mouth just the slightest bit and see how much it changes the look on your face Watch the face of one of your family members and think about how little it has to change to convey information That information what we learn about others by watching for small movements in their faces and bodies is critical to our relationship with them It is also deeply rooted in our primate heritage Primate species vary tremendously from a ounce sap eating pygmy marmoset to a pound leaf chomping gorilla But all primates are intensely visual and all rely on visual communication in social interactions Baboons lift their eyebrows as a low intensity threat Common chimps pout their lips in disappointment Rhesus macaue monkeys threaten with an open mouth and a direct stare Both chimpanzees and bonobos reach out with their hand to reconcile after a spat We primates use visual signals as a bedrock of our social communications and so do dogsOur dogs are tuned to our body like precision instruments While we re thinking about the words we re using our dogs are watching us for the subtle visual signals they use to communicate to one another Any article or book on wolves will describe dozens of visual signals that are key to the social interactions of pack members In the book Wolves of the World one of the world s authorities on wolf behavior Erik Zimen describes forty five movements that wolves use in social interactions By comparison he mentions vocalizations only three times That doesn t mean that whines and growls aren t critically important in the social relationships of wolves They are But the depth and breadth of visual signals of subtle head cocks shifts in weight forward or backward stiffening or relaxing of the body are vast in wolves and every interaction I ve ever had with a dog suggests that visual signals are eually integral to communication in dogsSo here we have two species humans and dogs sharing the tendencies to be highly visual highly social and hardwired to pay attention to how someone in our social group is moving even if the movement is minuscule What we don t seem to share is this dogs areaware of our subtle movements than we are of our own It makes sense if you think about it While both dogs and humans automatically attend to the visual signals of our own species dogs need to spend additional energy translating the signals of a foreigner Besides we are always expecting dogs to do what we ask of them so they have compelling reasons to try to translate our movements and postures But it s very much to our own advantage to payattention to how we move around our dogs and how they move around us because whether we mean to or not we re always communicating with our bodies Surely it d be a good thing if we knew what we were sayingOnce you learn to focus on the visual signals between you and your dog the impact of even tiny movements will become overwhelmingly obvious It s really no different from any sport in which you train your body to move certain ways when you ask it to All athletes have to become aware of what they are doing with their bodies It s the same in dog training Professional dog trainers are aware of exactly what they re doing with their bodies while they re working with a dog That s not true of most dog owners whose dogs minute by minute try to make sense of the stir fry of signals that radiate from their ownersDogs never seem to lose their keen awareness of our slightest movements I taught my dogs to sit when I unintentionally brought my hands together and clasped them at wa.
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The Other End of the Leash Why We Do What We Do Around DogsIst level It seems that I made this motion without even knowing it when I called my dogs to come and was getting ready to ask them to do something else Often I would first ask them to sit so my dogs uickly learned that clasped hands were usually followed by a sit signal Apparently they figured that they might as well save us both time and do it right away Every dog owner illustrates this every day Maybe your dog runs to the door when you reach for your jacket Perhaps you ve played chase with your dog and now each time you lean forward your dog dashes away from you Most people move their hand or finger when they ask their dog to sit even if they re not aware of it But your dog is and your action is probably the cue that s most relevant to himWhen I started professionally training dogs and their humans one of the first things that hit me was how the owners focused on the sounds that they made while the dogs appeared to be watching them move This observation compelled me and two undergraduate students Jon Hensersky and Susan Murray to do an experiment to see if dogs paidattention to sound or vision when learning a simple exercise The students taught twenty four six and a half week old puppies to sit to both a sound and a motion Each pup got four days of training to both signals given together but on the fifth day the trainer only presented one signal at a time In a randomized order the pup either saw the trainer s hand move or heard the beeplike sit signal We wanted to see whether one type of signal acoustic or visual resulted incorrect responses It did twenty three of the twenty four puppies performed better to the hand motion than to the sound while one puppy sat eually well to either The Border Collies and Aussies as you might predict were stars at visual signals getting a total of thirty seven right out of forty possible and only six out of forty right to acoustic signals The Dalmatian litter sat to sixteen of twenty visual signals but only four of twenty acoustic ones The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary new perspective on our relationship with dogs focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer withthan twenty years experience Dr Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs how dogs might interpret our behavior and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four legged friends After all although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is uniue in the animal world we are still two entirely different species each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage uite simply humans are primates and dogs are canids like wolves coyotes and foxes Since we each speak a different native tongue a lot gets lost in the translation The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog youll understand why much of what appears to be doggy disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication Inside you will learn How to use your voice so that your dog islikely to do what you ask Why getting dominance over your dog is a bad idea Why rough and tumble primate play can lead to troubleand how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble How dogs and humans share personality typesand why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than alphawannabees In her own insightful compelling style Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships From the Hardcover editi.