Patricia is a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed), a Tellington® TTouch Practitioner for Companion Animals, a National Program Educator Emeritus and licensed Evaluator for Pet Partners, and she is a certified research administrator (CRA). Patricia has extensive experience in budget management and grant administration and worked at Duke University and is currently working at the University of Connecticut.

Patricia’s areas of interest are dog behavior, animal-assisted interventions, educational outreach, grant funding, and working with visually impaired/blind dogs. She is a facilitator and evaluator for Pet Partners in addition to volunteering at hospitals, prisons, and schools implementing their program. Patricia is the Vice President of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Foundation Board of Trustees. Additionally, she is the Chair of the Working Animal Division for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Patricia receives grant funding for her research on animal-assisted interventions and actively seeks research partnerships.


Patricia’s educational outreach extends to presenting her research at conferences, including giving shorts and facilitating workshops; presenting posters and moderating roundtable discussions; holding webinars for multiple organizations, and creating educational materials.  More specifically, she gives workshops and talks on animal welfare, animal-assisted interventions, and the human-animal bond to organizations such as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Department of Social Services for Durham County, Pet Partners, Duke University Medical Center – Pets At Duke Program, and to the general public. Additionally, she is a guest lecturer for the e-training ethology lecture series and presented a TEDx talk. She is the author of the blog “A Dog’s Life” http://blog.confident-dog.com/ and her writings are featured in numerous print publications, including the IAABC’s journal publication, The Courier, as well as on Dognition’s blog site. She also co-moderated the largest online book club, DogRead, which hosts discussions with canine behavior, training, and fiction authors.


Patricia volunteers with local rescue organizations including Triangle Beagle Rescue where she is an emeritus trustee and former foster care specialist. She now fosters Portuguese Water Dogs and provides assistance to PWD rescue.

Patricia is a member of the following organizations



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Patricia combines Tellington TTouch, and Force-free Training techniques. Together these services can:


  • Enhance the human/ animal connection

  • Ease pain and discomfort

  • Restore and maintain mobility

  • Improve performance and fitness

  • Solve behavior issues

  • Improve leash walking skills







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