2nd Annual Behavior Seminar, Office of Public Engagement, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Behavior Seminar Speakers

Wayne Hunthausen, DVM

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen is a veterinarian and pet behavior consultant who has been working with pet owners and veterinarians throughout North America to solve companion animal behavior problems since 1982.  He received his Bachelor of Arts (zoology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1979) degrees from the University of Missouri.  Dr. Hunthausen is director of Animal Behavior Consultations in the Kansas City area, which provides behavior consultations and training services for pet owners, as well as a behavior support service for veterinarians.

He currently serves on the Practitioner Board for Veterinary Medicine and the Behavior Advisory Board for Veterinary Forum.  In 1996, he was a founder of the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior and serves on its organization committee.  He has served as the president and executive board member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

Dr. Hunthausen is an internationally renown lecturer on the topic of pet behavior.  He frequently writes for a variety of veterinary and pet publications and is co-author of the books, The Practitioner's Guide to Pet Behavior Problems and Handbook of Behaviour Problem of the Dog and Cat; co-editor of the books Dog Behavior and Training:  Veterinary Advice for Owners and Cat Behavior and Training:  Veterinary Advice for Owners and helped develop and appeared in the award wining child safety video, Dogs, Cats & Kids:  Learning to be Safe with Animals.  In 2002, Dr. Hunthausen received the American Animal Hospital Association's PetCare Award.  This Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to small animal behavior medicine.

In his spare time, he is an avid photographer and enjoys skiing, cycling, movies and traveling with his wife, Jan, as well as hiking with their dogs Ralphie, Beau, and Peugeot.

Trish King, CPDT, CDBC  

Trish King is the Director of the Animal Behavior & Training Department at the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California. She is also the author of a recently released book for dog owners, "Parenting Your Dog" (TFH Publications), drawing on her experiences as a parent as well as a dog owner.

Besides running the B&T department, Trish teaches workshops and seminars on behavior, canine management, temperament assessment, and handling difficult dogs.  She established the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society for new or interested trainers, which covers training theory and techniques, handling dogs, and teaching people.  She is a popular speaker and has presented at several well-known venues, including APDT Conferences, HSUS and AHA.

Trish has a formerly stray German Shepherd, a formerly aggressive Cairn Terrier and a young male dog of indeterminate breed.

 Patricia Mcconnell, PhD

Patricia McConnell is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who gives advice to cat and dog owners on a daily basis from her consulting business, Dog's Best Friend, Ltd., and her nationally syndicated radio show, Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets. 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 also 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, including aggression.  She is the author of ten books and booklets on training and behavioral problems, as well as the nationally acclaimed book, The Other End of the Leash:  Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs.  Her latest book, For the Love of a Dog:  Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend, became available in September of 2006.

Sponsored by:

Purina Pets for People

The Humane Society of the United States       Premier