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Emotion in People and Pets

September 8, 2009

The Behavior Medicine Club at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine cordially invites you to "An Evening with Patricia McConnell," author of  For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend, Thursday, October 1, 2009 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The talk is open to the public. Tickets are $25 per person and include a light dinner served at 6:00 p.m.

How much of your emotional life do you think is shared by your dog?

This presentation will illustrate how understanding emotions in you and your dog can improve your relationship with your four-legged best friend. Through a series of photographs and videos, McConnell will discuss how fear, anger and happiness are primal emotions generated from the same sources in you and your dog's brain. You'll learn how to recognize subtle signs of discomfort, fear, irritation and joy on the faces of dogs that you may never have noticed, and learn how to help your dog when he is frightened (and calm him if he is angry!).

McConnell will also review the controversy over whether dogs can be jealous, sympathetic or guilty. No matter how well you know your dog, you'll come away with an enhanced understanding and appreciation of the complexity of emotion in you and your best friend.

Early registration is recommended as the deadline to register is September 15, possibly sooner if room capacity is reached.

Registration Web site:  Register online and pay with PayPal ($25/person). Location will be sent via e-mail September 19.

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About the Speaker

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB is an ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for over 20 years. She combines a thorough understanding of the science of behavior with years of practical, applied experience. Her nationally syndicated radio show, Calling All Pets, played in over 110 cities for fourteen years. She is the behavior columnist for The Bark magazine (“the New Yorker of Dog Magazines”) and a consulting editor for the Journal of Comparative Psychology. She is an adjunct associate professor in zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." Dr. McConnell is a much sought-after speaker and seminar presenter, speaking to training organizations, veterinary conferences, academic meetings and animal shelters around the world about dog and cat behavior, and on science-based and humane solutions to serious behavioral problems.

She is the author of eleven books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs and For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend. For more information, go to or visit her blog, at

About the Behavior Medicine Club

The Behavior Medicine Club encourages interest in behavior medicine and helps further the education of veterinary students interested in the field. The club is bringing Dr. McConnell to the School of Veterinary Medicine for a classroom lecture on veterinary treatment for canine aggression.

Behavior Services at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Treatment for behavior problems in companion animals is available in the Behavior Service of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. To help owners solve their pets' problem behaviors, clinicians in this service apply the scientific principles of humane behavior modification  to animal behavior and veterinary medicine. Appointments include obtaining a complete history, arriving at a diagnosis, discussion of the prognosis, and an individualized treatment plan. Our goal is to help clients understand their pets' behavior as they strive to reach their goals.The chief of service, Melissa J. Bain, is the faculty mentor for the Behavior Medicine Club.


"An Evening with Patricia McConnell" is sponsored by the UC Davis Behavior Medicine Club and by:

Banfield, The Pet Hospital 

Xtreme Pet Products 

Nestlé Purina Pet Care Company