November 4, 2017

Featured Speaker

Patricia McConnell

"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.

McConnell Web page

Youth Grant

Applications for Youth Grant awards are accepted throughout the season. Please see our Youth Grants page for application and deadline information.

Public Affairs Speaker

Mare Chapman

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.

Mare's Web site

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".

Capitol K9s site

Henry's staff site


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. 

Chichester Clark, Emma. Love Is My Favorite Thing. New York: Penguin Group, 2015.

Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

Davidson, Richard J. and Sharon Begley. The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel and Live—And How You Can Change Them. New York: Hudson Street Press, 2012.

Georges, Nicole J. Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home: A Graphic Memoir. Boston; New York: Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

Grandin, Temple. Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Revised). New York: Hyperion, 2005.

Katz, Jon. Dancing Dogs: Stories. New York: Ballantine, 2011.

Kerasote, Ted. Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

McConnell, Patricia B. The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog. New York: Atria Books, 2017.

Safina, Carl. Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. New York: Henry Hold and Company, 2015.

Sapolsky, Robert M. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. New York: Penguin Press, 2017.

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