About Us

Patricia McConnell, PhD, a Zoologist and 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 dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and taught "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships” for twenty-five years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her radio show, Calling All Pets, was heard in over 110 cities around the country, where Patricia dispensed advice about behavior problems and animal behavior research for over fourteen years.

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 memoir will be released on February 21, 2017, but you can order a copy now by clicking on this link: The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog.

Dr. McConnell’s books and booklets on dog training and dog and cat behavior problems continually receive rave reviews from professional trainers, veterinarians and dog and cat lovers from all over the world. Dr. McConnell was also the behavior columnist for The Bark magazine, "the New Yorker of Dog Magazines," 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 on CNN, Martha Stewart and Wayne Brady.

Patricia received her Ph.D. in Zoology in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching dog behavior and communication between professional trainers and working domestic animals. Her dissertation received the prestigious Allee Award from the Animal Behavior Society in that same year. Patricia and Nancy Raffetto founded Dog's Best Friend, Ltd in 1988. Dog's Best Friend Training, LLC is now owned and operated by Aimee Moore of Madison, WI. For more information about dog training classes and behavior consultation in the Madison, WI area, go to www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com. Patricia has three dogs, one confident cat and a very spoiled flock of sheep on a small farm in Southwestern Wisconsin. Her Border Collies, Willie and Maggie, along with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Tootsie, keep her outside and active, and the memories of her beloved Great Pyrenees, Tulip, keep her humble. Trisha suffers from Separation Anxiety each time she leaves her dogs at home when she leaves on her numerous speaking engagements around the country.


Lisa Lemberger joined the McConnell Publishing pack in 2011, bringing over twenty years of business experience in the financial, operational and human resources fields. From start up companies to Fortune 500, or software companies to baby memory books, she has earned her grey hairs! Lisa's role at McConnell Publishing is to free Trisha from the operational responsibilities of running the business so Trisha can spend time on her passions which are writing, speaking and teaching.

Originally from Chicago, Lisa and her husband, Terry, moved back to Terry's hometown of Madison in 2000. They live in the country on five acres that they share with their two basenjis, Zeke (12 years) and little Ellie (7 years).







Nick Hughes is the newest member of the McConnell Publishing team. Nick received a B.S. in Building Construction Management from UW-Platteville. He has worked in construction, social services, information technology, and campus ministry. Nick brings a varied experience to the table (bowl?) in his role as Web Marketing Support/Administrative Assistant. In his free time, Nick builds his own computers, plays with his kids, and enjoys playing competitive volleyball with his wife, Kimby.

Nick had a Bichon Frise named Buzz (a Dog's Best Friend grad) while growing up, but does not currently have a dog; although with two toddlers, he and his wife hope to find the right dog when the time is also right! Nick’s family currently has a black cat named Jaquese whom the kids adore (Jaquese finds the loud little humans somewhat confusing). Nick is originally from Madison, WI and now lives in Cross Plains, WI where his family has a nice big yard, just waiting for a dog to run around with the kids.


Katie Martz is the go-to person for Patricia’s Facebook page, helping to research topics and answer questions as they come up. Over the years, Katie has been everything from student of Patricia's, to farm-sitter, to Marketing & Communications Coordinator from 2010 to 2014.

Katie shares her home with her three big dogs, Herk, Lily, and Leo. When she’s not busy entertaining the dogs, she uses functional neurology techniques to help people (and a few four-leggeds) with chronic pain conditions.



Denise Swedlund is the Emeritus Office Manager Extraordinaire at McConnell Publishing, Ltd. She started with Patricia at what was then Dog's Best Friend, Ltd. in 1995, and immediately set to work creating order out of chaos. (Apparently, Patricia had not yet figured out how to train papers to file themselves. Rumor has it she has still not perfected that method... ). Denise was an integral part of the business for twenty years, using her analytical and organizational skills to grow a tiny business into helping thousands of animals and animal lovers around the world. Denise may no longer be in the office, but Patricia’s gratitude to her is eternal.

Denise and her husband John live in the little town of Mazomanie, in the hills of Southwestern Wisconsin. She has two sons, Brandon, a Meteorologist, and Nick, a Respiratory Therapist. Denise shares her home with 3 cats, Morris, Callie and Zen, and the memory of her beloved Golden Retriever, Cooper. She is also the owner of a Quarter Horse named Blaze. In her spare time she enjoys renovating her home, flower gardening, horseback riding and spending time with her family and pets.


Clear and engaging, Patricia's books & DVDs are invaluable resources for professionals and dog lovers alike.  If your dog could, she'd beg you to click here and check them out.

Trisha's Blog

Join thousands of dog lovers around the world in an ongoing inquiry about canine behavior, and follow the adventures of Patricia (2 legs), Willie, Maggie, & Tootsie (4 legs), and a very spoiled flock of sheep.


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