Memoir Discussion with Author and Animal Behaviorist at the Virginia Public Library

Author and animal behaviorist Dr. Patricia McConnell will be speaking at the Virginia Public Library on Tuesday, July 24th at Noon

Patricia will talk about her memoir, The Education of Will: Healing a Dog, Facing My Fears, Reclaiming My Life. The “Will” in the title of Patricia’s 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.

Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, CAAB is a Zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with pet owners for over twenty-five years about serious behavioral problems, specializing in canine aggression. She taught “The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for twenty five-years.  Dr. McConnell has spoken around the world about canine behavior and training, and was the co-host of the popular radio show, Calling All Pets, heard in over 110 cities for fourteen years.

Patricia is the author of eleven books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash (translated into fourteen languages), For the Love of a Dog, and Tales of Two SpeciesPatricia and her husband live outside of Madison, WI with their working Border Collies Willie and Maggie, her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Tootsie, along with two cats and a very spoiled flock of sheep.

For more information about Patricia’s book and articles about training and behavior, go to or visit her blog, at

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