My Name Is Roxie Reads Patricia B McConnell, PhD


We just found out I’m allowed in my local bookstore.  My mawther is so excited; that’s where we will hang out (sometimes) when it’s thundering and lightening and my mawther is suffering from cabin fever(she won’t leave me because I’m quite pathetic during a storm).   If you will notice I’m sitting on my mawther’s jacket; we didn’t want to test the good will of the bookstore management;  also the books were added later.  I was on the jacket just for the picture;  afterwards  I sat very quietly on the floor.

One of  my mawther and pawther’s  favourite NPR radio shows is Calling All Pets hosted by Patricia McConnell and Larry Meiller.  Patricia is the only human I’d let “dogsit” me(she couldn’t because she lives too far away and doesn’t offer that service).  She’s not mean,  I know that for sure because when it’s thundering and lightening and her dogs can’t sleep because they are so frightened; she’s cuddling them and giving them treats.

 Sadly the show hasn’t been renewed.  Luckily Patricia has her own website( and blog ( and she will be a guest from time to time on co-host’ Larry Meiller’s radio show Conversations With Larry on Wisconsin Public Radio  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m  (which we will have to make a point of listening to).

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, 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 training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable 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.” She dispenses advice on behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Calling All Pets, which is heard in over 90 cities around the country.

Books, Primers and DVD’s can be obtained from her website


Listen to Patricia discuss Tales of Two Species with Diane Rehm

A collection of Patricia’s insightful essays originally published in Bark magazine.  Tales of Two Species is written for every dog lover who wants to expand their understanding of the behavior of people and dogs.

In Tales of Two Species, Patricia McConnell gives us a thoughtful and glowing picture of how the lives of dogs and people have become entwined. Some of the essays will make you laugh, others will bring a tear, but all will make you think more closely about your relationship with your dog.


Play Together, Stay Together by Patricia McConnell

Play is THE topic in training right now! Join professional trainers in a learning more about the joy, and importance, of play in a relationship between us and our dogs.


How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears
Step by Step explanations of how to prevent and treat behavioral problems related to fear.


Learn what your dog’s face is telling you!   Like the Other End of the Leash, this book is a combination of science, stories and practical advice that can improve the relationship between dogs and people all over the world.


A treasure chest of ideas for keeping your dog happy in your absence, this booklet can help prevent and treat both minor and severe behavioral problems related to dogs being “home alone.”


For dog owners or professionals whose dog suffers from “on leash aggression”
Including plans for handling emergencies such as off-leash dogs who show up out of nowhere, this program can make leash walks fun again, for you and your dog.


This booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. The ideas and exercises in this booklet are based on the way dogs communicate with each other, so they are highly effective and easy for your dog to understand.


This is a great resource if you’re looking for some tips to create a little order out of the canine chaos in your home, or wondering how in the world you’ll manage the entire pack for a walk around the neighborhood.


You can listen to an excerpt  at Patricia’s website.  This user-friendly, engaging book describes a six-week program that gets dogs and their owners off on the right paw. It emphasizes positive, friendly training methods and includes clear descriptions of the basic exercises like sit, down, come, heel, stay and no jumping up.


  This little book can prevent many serious behavioral problems and make your first year together even more fun than you ever imagined. Whenever any of our trainers or behaviorists gets a new puppy, this book comes right back off the shelf for use as a daily reference. It’s that full of essential information. We use this book in our puppy socialization classes, and it is a very popular part of veterinarian puppy packets

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