All Upcoming Events

Patricia has given speeches and seminars around the world and is one of the most requested speakers in the country on canine and feline behavior and training. Here's what one participant had to say about a talk she attended: 

"Dr. McConnell has a wealth of knowledge, good humor and awesome slides and videos. The seminar was just excellent!" "Patricia has an ability to explain complex concepts simply, memorably and with humor. I'd come again in a minute!" 

Tour dates are finalized! Patricia can't wait to see you in one of the cities listed below. Unless specified, Patricia will be talking about her memoir. The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and a Dog. The "Will" in the title of Patricia's new memoir has two meanings. First, it refers to her Border Collie, Willie, who came as a "troubled, spark of a dog," who was loving and attentive, but also consumed by fear. However, the word "will" also refers to will power, which, as the book shows, is not enough to help a panicked dog, much less a dog owner overwhelmed with her own fears. Patricia will touch on her very personal story about how her beloved Willie first set her back, but eventually led to healing from the traumas in her own past that she had tried to "will" away for decades. Join Patricia as she details her personal journey with Willie to turn a life of fear into one of confidence and compassion.

Click on the dates below for more information about each talk.

Upcoming Events

April 29, 2017 - Brewster, NY
Green Chimneys: Preventing Stress in Service Dogs
Helping the Helper: Preventing Stress and Discomfort in Assistance Animals
11:00 am
Patricia will be speaking at Green Chimney’s Human-Animal Interaction Conference 2017, “Building Connections: Children, Animals and Healthy Families”. Visit Green Chimney’s Conference Website for information on registration and the full schedule of speakers. (The 2016 conference sold out, so don’t wait if you’d like to attend!)
May 10, 2017, Madison, WI
Guest Author for the 20th annual Book Club Cafe fundraiser for the Madison Public Library
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
7:00 PM
Tickets are $25 each
Register through the Madison Public Library Foundation by Clicking Here.
July 13, 2017, Lake Mills
Water House Foods
132 E. Lake St.
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Co-hosted by Jefferson County PADA (People Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse)
Click Here for details.
September 8, 2017 - Bellevue, Washington
Keynote Speech
Patricia will be speaking at the Professionalizing the Passion Conference, for Pet Partner’s first conference since 2003.
For more information and to register Click Here.
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha
701 Northview Road
6:30 to 8:00 PM
There is a $35 registration fee, all of which goes to support the shelter.

Click Here to register.

Ongoing Events

CAAB Chat. Patricia's memoir, The Education of Will, brings up many issues related to the experience and treatment of trauma in both people and companion animals. This was the starting point for the discussion. Click Here to purchase a recorded replay. March 15, 2017

Patricia's interview with Diana Korte on "Book Talk", KNGU radio. Top authors are interviewed on Booktalk, a 10-minute program that captures their words about their books and ideas, and often the story behind the story. March 6, 2017

Patricia's interview on Afternoon Live KATU Portland. Listen to Patricia's interview about her powerful memoir, The Education of Will. Patricia talks about how her journey to help her troubled Border Collie, Will, gave her the willpower to heal from her own past traumas. March 4, 2017

"The Dog Show" with Julie Forbes. Listen to Trisha talk about her new book. Download for free from iTunes anytime. February 22, 2017

Patricia on the Larry Meiller show. Listen to Patricia and Larry talk about The Education of Will and how animals have helped us to heal. Fitting for Valentine’s Day, and full of heartwarming comments from listeners about the role of the animals in their lives. February 14, 2017

Free ASPCApro Webinar - Fostering Resilience at Both Ends of the Leash September 15, 2016

ASPCApro Webinar - Multi-Dog Households: From First Date to After the Honeymoon (Recorded in January 2014)

ASPCApro Webinar - Canine Behavior & Acoustics (Recorded in September 2013)

ASPCApro Webinar - Helping Adopted Dogs Adjust to New Homes (Recorded in December 2012)

Past Events

2017 Events Click Here

2016 Events Click Here

2015 Events Click Here

2014 Events Click Here



Patricia will be speaking about Helping the Helper: Preventing Stress and Discomfort in Assistance Animals, at Green Chimney's Human-Interaction Conference. The talk will be on April 29th in Brewster, NY.


Patricia will be the featured guest author and speaker for the 20th annual Book Club Cafe fundraiser for the Madison Public Library Foundation. The event will be held on May 10th at Olbrich Gardens in Madison, WI.


Check here for Trisha's other talks, including speeches outside of Philadelphia, PA and at Green Chimneys Human-Animal Conference in upstate New York.