Patricia B. McConnell


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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 arou ...more

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There’s only one problem with having active dogs, doing a massive home remodel and a garden begging for attention–there’s not enough time in the day to read as much as I’d like. But I’ve still managed to enjoy some of the tsunami of books being released, and I thought I’d share what I’ve been enjoying lately.


First, on the canine behavior front, The Science Behind a Happy Dog by Emma Grigg, PhD...

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The Other End of the Leash:...

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For the Love of a Dog: Unde...

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The Cautious Canine: How to...

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How To Be The Leader Of The...

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Feisty Fido: Help for the L...

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I'll Be Home Soon: How to P...

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The Education of Will: A Mu...

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Love Has No Age Limit: Welc...

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“We humans may be brilliant and we may be special, but we are still connected to the rest of life. No one reminds us of this better than our dogs. Perhaps the human condition will always include attempts to remind ourselves that we are separate from the rest of the natural world. We are different from other animals; it's undeniably true. But while acknowledging that, we must acknowledge another truth, the truth that we are also the same. That is what dogs and their emotions give us-- a connection. A connection to life on earth, to all that binds and cradles us, lest we begin to feel too alone. Dogs are our bridge-- our connection wo who we really are, and most tellingly, who we want to be. When we call them home to us, it'as as if we are calling for home itself. And that'll do, dogs. That'll do.”
Patricia B. McConnell, For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

“When people visit my farm they often envision their dog, finally off-leash in acres of safely fenced countryside, running like Lassie in a television show, leaping over fallen tree trunks, shiny-eyed with joy at the change to run free in the country. While they're imagining that heartwarming scene, their dog is most likely gobbling up sheep poop as fast as he can. Dog aren't people, and if they have their own image of heaven, it most likely involves poop.”
Patricia B. McConnell, For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
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“Humankind is drawn to dogs because they are so like ourselves—bumbling, affectionate, confused, easily disappointed, eager to be amused, grateful for kindness and the least attention.”
Patricia B. McConnell, The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

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