One of my favorite blogs is written by Dr. Patricia McConnell, Applied Animal THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH
Behaviorist, Trainer and compelling author and speaker. Sheila
Welcome to an ongoing inquiry about the behavior of people and dogs. I would
like this to be a forum for people who are both intellectually and emotionally
fascinated by the behavior of the animals at both ends of the leash. My hope is
that it will become a place for an informed and thoughtful consideration of the
amazing relationship between people and dogs—my two favorite species.
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong
commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is
known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training,
and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars.
Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and is an
Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships."
For fourteen years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and
information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling
All Pets, which was heard in over 90 cities around the country.
A highly-sought after speaker on
dog behavior and training, McConnell has presented seminars all over the
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She is the author of
the much-acclaimed books The Other End of
the Leash (which is now published in 13 languages), For the Love of A Dog: Understanding Emotions in
You and Your Best Friend and Tales
of Two Species. Her self-published book and booklets on dog
training and dog and cat behavior problems continually receive rave reviews
from professional trainers, veterinarians and dog and cat lovers from all over
the world. Dr. McConnell is also the behavior columnist for the Bark magazine (www.thebark.com) "the New Yorker of Dog
Magazines") and writes for many other publications, including APDT's
Chronicle of the Dog and Natural History. She has made numerous television
appearances, including spots with Anderson Cooper on CNN, Martha Stewart and
Patricia received her Ph.D. in
Zoology in 1988 from the
researching dog behavior and communication between professional trainers and
working domestic animals. Her dissertation received the prestigious Allee Award
from the Animal Behavior Society in that same year. Patricia and Nancy Raffetto
founded Dog's Best Friend, Ltd in 1988. Dogs Best Friend Training, LLC is now
owned and operated by the very capable Aimee Moore of Madison, WI. For more
information about dog training classes and behavior consultation in the
area, go to www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com.
Patricia has one dog, one confident cat and a very spoiled flock of sheep on a
small farm in
Border Collie, Willie, keeps her outside and active, and the memories of her
beloved Great Pyrenees, Tulip, keep her humble. Trisha suffers from Separation
Anxiety each time she leaves her dogs at home when she leaves on her numerous
speaking engagements around the country.