APDT Awards 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

September 11th, 2017

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) will present Patricia McConnell with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and substantial volunteerism within the association during her 20 years of membership.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors APDT members who have made outstanding contributions to the association and the dog training industry throughout their careers. McConnell will be honored on Oct. 18 during the opening keynote address at the APDT’s 24th Annual Conference in Richmond, Va.

McConnell earned her doctorate in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she began researching dog behavior. She is also an ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) who has consulted with pet owners for more than 20 years about serious behavioral problems, specializing in canine aggression. She taught Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships in the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 25 years and speaks around the world about canine behavior and training.

McConnell is the author of 11 books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books “The Other End of the Leash,” which has been translated into 14 languages; “For the Love of a Dog,” and “Tales of Two Species.” Her newest book, “The Education of Will,” is a memoir focusing on healing from trauma in both people and dogs.

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1993 to be an inclusive forum for trainers to network with each other, provide educational opportunities, and grow the profession. Currently, the APDT reaches more than 5,200 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, business management, research, and continuing education in the professional dog training profession and pet industry.


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