Dr. John C. Wright received his B.A. from Wittenberg University, and his
Masters and Doctorate (1976) in Experimental Psychology from Miami University.
Since publishing his Doctoral dissertation on the development of social
relationships and reactions to novelty among German Shepherd puppies, his
research has focused on identifying the causes of and solutions to dog and cat
aggression toward people. Currently he is investigating the effects of
early-age neutering on the development of behavior and behavioral problems in
kittens and puppies.
Wright is frequently a guest speaker on topics of feline and canine behavior,
misbehavior, and solutions to behavioral problems. He has presented seminars
and workshops internationally, and in the USA for the American Veterinary
Medical Association, the National Animal Control Association, and the Humane
Society of the United States.
As a certified applied animal behaviorist, he does house calls in Atlanta to
help owners resolve serious behavioral problems in their dogs and cats (e.g.
biting, destruction, inappropriate elimination). He has served as a canine
behavior expert on cases involving severe and fatal dog attacks to people.
Wright is Professor of Psychology at Mercer University, and on the adjunct
faculty at The University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, Department
of Anatomy and Radiology. He has authored numerous scholarly as well as popular
publications on canine and feline behavior, including the award winning "Is
Your Cat Crazy? Solutions From the Casebook of a Cat Therapist" (Macmillan USA;
co-authored by Dr. Wright's twin sister, Judi Lashnits).
Dr. Wright is presently co-editor and publisher of the Animal Behavior
Consultant Newsletter, serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Applied
Animal Welfare Science, and is past Chairman of the Animal Behavior Society's
Board of Professional Certification of Applied Animal
Behaviorists. He and his therapist-fiancee Angie live in Macon with their cat
Domino, and their dogs Peanut, Roo-Roo, and Charlie.