About Us

Patricia McConnell, PhD, 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 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 is an Adjunct Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." 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. Currently she is scheduling a series of fundraisers for shelters and humane societies around the country (see Events)

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 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 two dogs, one confident cat and a very spoiled flock of sheep on a small farm in Southwestern Wisconsin. Her Border Collie, Willie, and 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.


Denise Swedlund is the 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 has been an integral part of the business ever since she came, using her analytical and organizational skills to grow a tiny business into helping thousands of animals and animal lovers around the world.

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 a Golden Retriever named 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.




Katie Martz has been everything from student of Patricia's, to farm-sitter, and now Marketing & Communications Coordinator at McConnell Publishing, Ltd. She is affectionately known as "Girl Monday-Friday" and her title says it all. She helps out with seminar preparation, updating the website, reviewing new DVDs and books and more.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her young Dogo Argentino, Lily and new rescue pup, Leo. Lily and Leo especially enjoys Katie's position at McConnell Publishing because they get to come along to try out new dog toys!  Katie also has a mischievous Quarter Horse named Jack. In her free time Katie enjoys hiking with Lily and Leo, yoga, running, kayaking and horseback riding.




Lisa Lemberger is the most recent person to join the McConnell Publishing pack. Lisa comes with 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 (11 years) and little Ellie (6 years).