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

February 20, 2017 - Milwaukee, WI
Radisson Hotel, 2303 N. Mayfair Road
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Co-Sponsored by the Wisconsin Humane Society and Boswell Books
Click here for more information about registration 
February 21, 2017 - Green Bay, WI
Barnes and Noble, 2498 Oneida Street
7:00 to 8:00 PM
Free, no registration necessary, but seating is limited.
February 22, 2017 - Madison, WI
Room of One’s Own, 315 W. Gorham Street, Madison, WI
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Free, no registration necessary, but seating is limited.
February 23, 2017 - Columbus, OH
Veterinary Medical Center at 601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
5:30 to 6:30 PM
$5.00 suggested donation for Ohio State Veterinary Students
Click here for more information or Contact Kyle Boylad at
February 24, 2017 - Columbus, OH
Comparative Trauma in People and Dogs
Midwest Veterinary Conference
February 28, 2017 – Littleton, CO
Tattered Cover Book Store, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Free, no registration necessary, but seating is limited.
March 1, 2017 – Seattle, WA
Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
7:00 PM
Free, no registration necessary, but seating is limited.
March 4, 2017 - Beaverton, OR
Powell's Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
2:00 to 3:00 PM
Co-Sponsored b the Oregon Humane Society and Powell's Books
Free to public. No registration necessary, but seating is limited.
March 5, 2107 – Navato, CA
Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keyes Blvd
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sponsored by the Marin County Humane Society
Click here to register
Seating is limited

March 23, 2017 - Boxborough, Massachusetts

Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place
7:00 to 9:30 PM
Sponsored by the New England Dog Training Club
Registration information TBA
March 26, 2017 - Exton, PA
880 Springdale Drive, Suite 100
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Click Here to register.
March 27, 2017 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Identifying and Treating Trauma in Dogs
University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School
The speech is closed to the public, but stay tuned for a blog about her visit to the Working Dog Center.
April 29, 2017 - Brewster, NY
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!)
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.
Registration details to come.

Ongoing Events

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

2016 Events Click Here

2015 Events Click Here

2014 Events Click Here



Come hear Patricia's very first talk about The Education of Will. She'll speak in Milwaukee, WI on Feb 20th, co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Humane Society and Boswell Books. First chance for authographed copies!


Patricia will be speaking on Feb 21st about her memoir, subtitled A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and a Dog, in which her beloved dog Willie first set her back but utimately helpef her to heal from the traumas of her past.


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