"The Education of Will: From Troubled Dogs to Recovery from Trauma"
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 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 Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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 110 cities around the country.
A highly-sought after speaker on dog behavior and training, McConnell has presented seminars all over the United States and in Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, Scotland and New Zealand. 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 books and booklets on dog training and dog and cat behavior problems continually receive rave reviews from professional trainers, veterinarians and animal lovers from all over the world.
Dr. McConnell also served as the behavior columnist for The Bark magazine 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, Martha Stewart, and Wayne Brady.
Patricia received her Ph.D. in Zoology in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mare Chapman has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Her career started in a state psychiatric hospital, and she went on to teach psychiatric occupational therapy courses at Wayne State University and UW-Madison. She later founded Yahara House, a community program for adults with serious mental illness. In 1982, she started a private practice, Lives Unlimited.
Chapman currently provides mindfulness-based psychotherapy and teaches mindfulness meditation classes in the Madison area.
Henry Wilson and K9 Boris
Police Officer Henry Wilson has been an officer with the Madison Police Department since October, 1984. In addition to regular patrol duties, Officer Wilson has worked in the following positions: Allied Drive Neighborhood Officer, Middle School Educational Resource Officer, Special Weapons and Tactics team, and the Drug and Gang Task Force Team. Wilson was drawn to the Canine Unit by the prospect of working with a K9 partner.
He is currently working with "Boris", named after one of the board members of the Capital K9 nonprofit organization, Boris Frank. Boris was born on 10-08-12 and completed a four week handler course with Officer Wilson at Tarheel Kennels in Sanford, North Carolina.
Officer Wilson and K9 Boris' favorite jobs? Public demonstrations. "You can't beat having public contacts" and tracking, Wilson states. "Regardless if it's a bad guy or a lost person, helping to resolve the issue is the payoff".
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