Patricia Bean McConnell is an Adjunct Professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and expert in animal behavior. She has written several books, including The Other End of the Leash and For the Love of a Dog, and produced a number of pet training DVDs. In both her academic and popular writing she has focused on issues of interspecies communication. She also runs her own publishing company, McConnell Publishing.
From 1994 to 2008, McConnell was the co-host of the weekly one-hour radio show "Calling All Pets" produced by Wisconsin Public Radio, during which she dispensed advice about behavior problems and information about animal behavior research.
She retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2015. She taught one of the students' most beloved classes, Zoo 335, Human and Animal Relationships.
Early life and education
McConnell was born November 16, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona. One of her sisters, Wendy Bean Barker is an accomplished poet.
McConnell is a trained ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB), and received her PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Her doctoral dissertation, "Acoustic structure and receiver response in mammalian signal systems," won the Warder Clyde Allee Competition.
- —; Jeffrey R. Baylis (December 1985). "Interspecific Communication in Cooperative Herding: Acoustic and Visual Signals from Human Shepherds and Herding Dogs". Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie 67 (1-4): 302–328. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.1985.tb01396.x.
- — (2003). The other end of the leash : why we do what we do around dogs. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0345446787. (Published in 12 languages)
- — (2007). For the love of a dog : understanding emotion in you and your best friend. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0345477156. (Audie Award, as the Best Audio Book of 2007)