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One on One: A Dog Trainer's Guide to Private Training [Kindle Edition]

Nicole Wilde
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Have you always wanted to do one on one, private lessons, but didn't know how to go about it? This guide is like having a friend explain it all! You'll start with exercises to assess your current skills, learn about sales and scheduling, and view sample phone scripts. Then it's on to the ins and outs of taking a history: questionnaires are broken down into lifestyle, training, and behavior issues, and include explanations of what your clients' responses might mean.

You'll get pointers on designing lesson plans and protocols, tips on promoting client compliance, and an entire chapter devoted to commonly asked questions. There's even a bonus section with ready-to-use forms, contracts, and handouts!

- Pros and cons of selling single sessions versus packages
- What to do if an owner cannot perform an exercise correctly
- Which exercises should never be done back to back
- Which questions are crucial to ask in aggression cases
- How to work with two dogs in a home
- Special considerations for working with elderly clients
- Whether to offer discounted rates to shelters or rescues
- How to handle a recommendation for euthanasia
- Where to get further training on behavior issues
---and much more!

"Nicole's wit and wisdom convey this important material clearly and accessibly. She is one of the leading professionals out there, and her writing clearly celebrates all that is good about safe, responsible, and positive training." - Paul Owens, author The Dog Whisperer

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"A must-read addition to every trainer's library. Nicole conveys this important material clearly and accessibly." -- Paul Owens, author The Dog Whisperer

About the Author

Nicole Wilde runs Gentle Guidance in southern California, training dogs and their people with positive methods. She has spent years working with shelters and rescue groups, socializing, training and placing dogs, and is considered an expert on wolf hybrids. Nicole is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, author, national conference speaker and radio talk show host.

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0966772652
  • Publisher: Phantom Publishing (September 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QD3OTK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for trainers!!!!!!!!! June 15, 2005
I was so glad to find this book! I started out doing group classes and had wanted to do in-home training for some time but couldn't find anyone to apprentice with. I didn't have the confidence to do private lessons because even though my training skills are good, I didn't know HOW to do private lessons. This book not only gives you tests to judge whether you really are ready to do one on one training, but gives an amazing amount of information. It talks about structuring your sales, how to do a lesson from start to finish, how to handle coaching owners, and covered a ton of questions that I had been wondering about like what to do if you have to recommend euthanasia, how do I work with more than one dog in the home, and what do to if an owner just isn't getting it. One of the things I liked best (other than the book being an easy read and being written in a friendly, supportive tone) was the sections at the back that had liability contracts I could use, great handouts I could copy and give my clients, and a lot of helpful resources. This book is definitely a great resource for any trainer who wants to start to do private training and even for those who have already been doing it a while, as Wilde has a lot of great ideas and tips.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read before knocking on a client's door! July 29, 2005
So many books are geared towards training methods and theory. This one is written for trainers planning on venturing into the realm of private training. It's well written and full of useful information, much of which one might not consider prior to establishing a business and taking on that first client. Especially helpful were Nicole Wilde's chapters on phone skills and scripts. These chapters would benefit anyone who conducts dog-related interviews on the phone regardless of whether you do private training or not. Shelter staff, volunteers and anyone involved in dog rescue can improve their interview skills with this book. Also included are business resources, sample contracts and sample history questionaires. A great return on the investment spent reading this one. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for dog trainers August 8, 2005
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I purchased this book when I'd already been in business as a professional dog trainer for almost 3 years; I found so much helpful information, especially regarding contracts, lesson packages, and history forms and why I needed them. There were many other miscellaneous tidbits that transformed how I run my business as a whole. This book should be on every dog trainer's book shelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" Book for any Trainer May 26, 2004
As usual Nicole has written an informative, easy to read book with her usual humor making "One on One" a must for trainers who want to do Private Lessons. Nicole takes you step by step on the how to's making this book a great reference for trainers just starting out or trainers who want to add privates to their business. The Resources and Appendix sections are invaluable. Thanks Nicole! Keep 'em coming!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I have read and re-read Nicole's books several times, and this, her latest, is the most detailed about all the ins-and-outs of starting and operating a private dog-training business. Much more than an overview, she goes into detail about everything you need to think about before starting, with alot of very helpful information and anecdotes about situations likely to be encountered. Her sample phone scripts are excellent, because being prepared and feeling confident no matter what the person on the other end presents is crucial. This is not a dry, boring business or sales book, but fun, easy-to-read, and very practical. Thanks, Nicole!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Dog Trainer's Should Own This One!! September 14, 2004
This book has valuable information for any dog trainer new or old. I have trained a few apprentices that are now on their own for dog training and I told them they needed to read this book prior to booking their first client!

Good job!! I highly recommend this book!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This information-rich reference guide is beautifully organized, laced with humor and full of valuable tips, not just for the dog trainer who is new to private consulting, but for the more experienced trainer as well. Good trainers are good business consultants. We can all benefit from being better, more professional business consultants. Thank you, Nicole, for sharing the insights and practical tools to help us do that.
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More About the Author

Nicole is an award-winning author and canine behavior specialist who presents seminars around the world. She writes training and behavior articles for various newspapers and magazines, including an ongoing 'Ask the Expert' column for Modern Dog Magazine.

Nicole co-stars in the DVD 'Train Your Dog: The Positive Gentle Method,' co-hosted the 'Dog Talk' radio show, and was featured in the Paul Owens DVD 'The Dog Whisperer.' Nicole was a Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles' Animal Services, and Executive Director for Villalobos Rescue Center, a sanctuary for rescued wolves/wolfdogs, pit bulls and exotic animals. She owns and operates Gentle Guidance Dog Training in southern California (, and continues to teach seminars for professional dog trainers, rescue and shelter workers, owners, veterinary groups and others, and to educate the public on canine behavior issues.

You can find out about Nicole's upcoming seminars and more at, read her Wilde About Dogs blog at, find her on Facebook at, and on Twitter at

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