Dr. Patricia McConnell has been using her unique combination of science and experience with a benevolent and compassionate perspective on animal training to create her own training methodology. As an ethologist, a zoologist that specializes on non-human animal behavior, and Certified Animal Behaviorist, she is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior. She earned her doctorate in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her research focusing on dog behavior and communication between professional trainers and working domestic animals.
An adjunct professor, at Wisconsin-Madison she teaches The Biology and Philosophy of Human-Animal Relationships that includes topics related to evolution, domestication, comparative cognition, ethology, ecology, and the physiology of stress; as well as historical and current philosophical thought regarding our duties toward animals. As a member of the Forum on Animal Research Ethics Committee she helps to facilitate community-wide discussion on the use of animals in biomedical research at the university. She has also become active in efforts to humanely and effectively use animals as assistants in the therapeutic treatment of those with physical and psychiatric problems and has created a seminar on using dogs in therapy programs.
From 1994 until 2008 she co-hosted a weekly hour-long radio program on Wisconsin Public Radio entitled “Calling all Pets” where she shared information about animal research and gave advice on dealing with behavior. She has written fourteen books on animal behavior including Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home, I’ll Be Home Soon! How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety and for you cat owners out there-The Fastidious Feline: How to Prevent and Treat Litter Box Problems.
Stating that she is stupid in love with her dogs and that she is intellectually fascinated by this relationship, she studies interspecies communication to help improve relationships between people and animals all around the world. She regularly is a guest on radio shows and speaks around the world but hates having to leave her three dogs, two cats, and a very spoiled flock of sheep on their small farm.
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