The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs - Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

Patricia McConnell
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Chapter 8 Summary and Analysis

Just like children, dogs need to learn how to deal with frustration and disappointment. Behavior problems can arise when dogs are catered to constantly and always get what they want. For example, a dog used to playing fetch and always getting a thrown ball as a result of bringing a ball back may bark or bite if the ball is suddenly withheld. Similar behaviors involving petting or feeding.

Actually, many behavior problems also arise from boredom. A dog is built for constant activity, and cooping them up all day is contrary to their nature. Regular exercise may alleviate many common behavior problems; dogs not only crave but need exercise.

Back to curbing unwanted behavior, the author suggests the command "Enough" followed by two pats on the head. As discussed earlier, a pat on the head is mildly annoying to a dog...

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