Blog Profile / The Other End of the Leash

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Blog Post Archive

Dog Bite Prevention 2013

It is Dog Bite Prevention week, and I am inspired to repeat a post I wrote last year about that topic. I don’t usually repeat blogs, but I’ve seen so much pain and suffering (and I don’t mean physical) over this issue that I am inspired to put it out into the universe once again. Show More Summary

Confrontational Techniques Elicit Aggression

Remember the movie Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray wakes up every morning to repeat the same day, over and over? That is a bit of what it feels like to write about the value of benevolence in dog training, and the problems associated with aggressive, confrontational techniques. Show More Summary

Something To Chew On

Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, and dogs gotta chew. At least, that is my belief, backed up with virtually no research whatsoever. This belief is based on 1) understanding that the impressive teeth and jaw structure of a dog is the...Show More Summary

Resource Guarding: Treatment and Prevention

Years ago, I took care of a gooey-sweet adolescent Border collie, (Tilly, I’ll call her) who flattened her ears and folded like a bird’s wing every time you said her name. She was responsive and polite, and the other dogs seemed to like her as much as I did. Show More Summary

Lambs, Rain, Papers, Lambs, Rain, Papers, Lambs. . .

I’m in the tunnel. You know the one I mean, the one where you are so engrossed, overwhelmed and logistically enclosed by what you are doing that life seems narrow but not small, confined but not constrained. I am full up with my life right now, which I summed up as well as possible in the title: Lambs, Rain, Papers, Lambs, Rain, Papers. Show More Summary

Analyzing the Analysis: Wisdom Panel DNA Tests & Mixed-Breed Dogs

We started a  “Guess the Breed Background” contest this week after sending in a DNA sample of Katie’s dog Leo to the Mars Wisdom Panel lab. Here’s a photo of Leo if you missed it: Over 292 people sent in their guesses, and congratulations...Show More Summary

Guess Leo’s Breed Profile – Win a DVD!

It’s time for a contest! I’m going to be writing a blog on Friday about the results of a Wisdom Panel® (Professional) test that Katie and I had run on her new mystery pup, Leo, adopted from Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha, WI. Show More Summary

Willie Learns Nouns! Maybe…

There’s always a silver lining, and that was true of our endless winter here in Wisconsin. Given the high snow depth and the low temperatures, I couldn’t always get myself out for a long walk every day, and so Willie and I played a lot of games indoors and we both ended up learning something interesting. Show More Summary

Dognition Canine Assessment Tests

Several readers have asked about the new product called “Dognition” that promises (quoting from the website), “You’ll learn your dog’s cognitive style by playing fun, science-based games — an experience that gives you the insight you...Show More Summary

Mounting By Any Other Name…

A long, long time ago I had an intact male Border Collie (my first BC ever, Drift), who appeared to be failing his job as a stud dog. Although his escort, the lovely Tib, could not have been more clear that she was ready to be bred, Drift couldn’t seem to get the job done. Show More Summary

It’s Who You Know: Breed Stereotypes & Handler Appearance

We all know that different breeds of dogs elicit different perceptions about their personalities from the general public: Border Collies are all “smart,” and Golden Retrievers are all “friendly.” These perceptions are sometimes based on facts that are generally true. Show More Summary

Response to New Topics Request

Seek and ye shall find.  What a great list of topics that blog and Facebook readers came up with! There were over 100 topics suggested, many of them addressing excellent questions. For example: What does it mean if a dog greets other...Show More Summary

Why Do Male Dogs Scent Mark So Much?

Answer: We don’t know, but some research discussed Friday at IFAAB by Dr. Anneke Lisberg might have shed some light on the topic. Those of you who have been following the blog for awhile know that Anneke is one of the few people studying chemical communication in domestic dogs. Show More Summary

New Seminar in August, Chicago, Illinois

Oh boy, what fun. As many of you know, I’m not doing many more full day seminars anymore, but I couldn’t resist pairing up with the Steve White for a two-day seminar outside of Chicago, Illinois on August 10th and 11th of this year.Show More Summary

Blog Redesign and Open Mike

First off, some good news. Many more people from all over the world have joined us in the past few months, the traffic to The Other End of the Leash blog has increased rapidly in the past six months. (Hello Serbia, United Arab Republic,...Show More Summary

“Self-Control Depletion” & Dogs

This post could be sub-titled “No, a tired dog is not always a good dog,” or alternatively, “Why We Choose Pasta with Cream Sauce Over Vegetable Soup on a Difficult Day.” Okay, maybe it’s just me that makes poor decisions about lunch when I’m exhausted, but this research suggests that I, along my dogs, are [...]

How Do You Play with Your Dog?

Surely our mutual love of play is one of the reasons that dogs and people get along so well. As Karen London and I write in Play Together, Stay Together, “Play is powerful stuff. It influences so many things, including development, motivation, emotions, physiology, communication and behavior. Wow! That’s an impressive list.” After years working [...]

Pukka’s Promise: Book Review

One of the best things about being an author is being sent pre-publication copies of books. It’s great fun to see what’s going to be out on the bookshelves and eReaders in a couple of months. (Of course, one of the worst things about being an author is being sent pre-pub copies of books. They [...]

Dogs & Wolves: Diet and Sociability

We all know that dogs are wolves in one sense (can reproduce and their young are reproductively viable) and, as importantly, that dogs aren’t wolves at all. Just try to teach a wolf “leave it” if you happen upon a dead rabbit. Here are two new studies that shed light on the social systems of [...]

The Black Dog Syndrome – Fact or Fiction?

We all know about the “Black Dog Syndrome,” the belief that all black dogs are harder to place from shelters and rescues than dogs of other colorations. I’ll admit that when I first heard about it I didn’t question whether it was true. For one thing, when I bred Border Collie puppies I saw a [...]

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