Patricia McConnell

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Patricia Bean McConnell (born November 16, 1948) 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.[1] In both her academic and popular writing she has focused on issues of interspecies communication.[2] 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.[3]

She retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

McConnell was born in Phoenix, Arizona. One of her sisters is the poet Wendy Bean Barker.

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.[4]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • —; 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)


  1. ^ McConnell, Patricia B. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. ^ Aline Mckenzie (July 21, 2002). "Man's best friend is misunderstood". Beaver County Times. Knight Ridder. pp. C2. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  3. ^ Calling All Pets, Wisconsin Public Radio
  4. ^ Warder Clyde Allee Competition

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