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Nicole Wilde "Author "Help for Your Fearful Dog" & others, Certified Pet Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist" RSS Feed (California)
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On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals
On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals
by Turid Rugaas
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.51
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every dog owner and trainer should own this book!, April 8, 2007
Understanding dogs, and having a successful relationship with your own dog, ultimately boils down to communication. Turid's book is an excellent guide to understanding the nuances of canine body language. Most people are aware of the broader canine signals such as a tucked tail or pinned-back ears indicating fear, but are not trained to look for subtler signs. This book outlines "calming signals" or what some would call cutoff signals, or stress signals. Through photographs and clear explanation, the reader learns not only to recognize these signals, but also how they may be used in social situations. Any dog owner would benefit from reading this book, and it should be on every trainer's bookshelf.
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears, So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition) and Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior


Career Success With Pets: How to Get Started, Get Going, Get Ahead
Career Success With Pets: How to Get Started, Get Going, Get Ahead
by Kim Barber
Edition: Paperback
27 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Not comprehensive, but a good overview, April 8, 2007
Although I must agree with the reviewer who said this guide should not have been advertised as a "comprehensive" one, it does offer a good overview of many different careers that involve pets. Many jobs are ones that would not normally cross the average pet-lover's mind, such as pet photography. Sure, the book is not so much business-oriented as an overview. But for someone who loves animals and is in search of a meaningful career working with them, it certainly provides food for thought and can act as a springboard from which to do further research into the potential career of one's choice.
- Nicole Wilde, author So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition) and Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears


Help for Your Shy Dog: Turning Your Terrified Dog into a Terrific Pet
Help for Your Shy Dog: Turning Your Terrified Dog into a Terrific Pet
by Deborah Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.30
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement and Useful General Info, April 8, 2007
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There is a lot to like about Deborah Wood's book. She has an obvious compassion for dogs who are shy, and shares the story of her own timid dog, as well as others. Wood gives tips on how to make the shy dog's everyday life easier (for example, keeping a regular routine), and gives examples of body language that indicate fear, which is invaluable to owners. I liked the brief section on what specifically to watch for when training a shy dog, and the suggestions on games and fun activities. My only wish for this book is that it had more specific step-by-step information on what to do for shy dogs in specific situations, for example, when visitors come over, or when the dog has to visit the vet. But all in all, the book should be very helpful and encouraging to owners of shy dogs as well as those who rescue and foster dogs.
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears, So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition) and Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior


How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It.
How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It.
by Patricia B. McConnell
Edition: Paperback
27 used & new from $22.54

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief, Concise Guide to Establishing Gentle Leadership, April 8, 2007
As a professional dog trainer, Patricia McConnell's booklets are one of the materials that I hand out to clients. Unlike some of the force-based methods that have unfortunately made a resurgence lately, McConnell clearly (and often humorously) explains how to establish leadership without using physical force. Her writing style is straightforward and down-to-earth, which makes digesting the information effortless. Anyone looking for an in-depth book should purchase The Other End of the Leash by McConnell as well, but this booklet is an excellent resource in and of itself, and I highly recommend it along with all of her other publications.
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears and So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition)


Dog-Friendly Dog Training (Howell reference books)
Dog-Friendly Dog Training (Howell reference books)
by Andrea Arden
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Easy to Follow, Gentle Methods, April 8, 2007
As a trainer, I am always on the lookout for books to recommend to my clients, and this book is one of them. It is an excellent resource for pet owners who want to teach their dogs the basics. The format and instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the photographs make it practically foolproof. Andrea encourages the use of positive, reward-based methods which are based on sound scientific principles. Following the training guidelines in this book will result in not only a better trained dog, but will enhance the bond between you and your dog as well.
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears and So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition)


The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training
The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training
by Paul Owens
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.90
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated 2nd edition is even better than the first!, April 3, 2007
As a dog trainer/behavior specialist, I have had Paul Owens' original version of this book in my collection for years. I always appreciated his non-violent approach to training. Now we have an updated, even better 2nd edition! Paul takes the time to explain why and how positive training methods work. In his "Nine Ingredients for Optimum Health & Growth" he talks about meeting your dog's basic needs such as nutrition, play, mental stimulation, and other things that set the stage for successful training. The section on how to "speak dog" and communicate with your dog is invaluable. The more a person understands about how to communicate with their dog, the less need there is for any type of force. The actual training section is well layed out, taking the reader from "grade school level" through "high school level". I like this approach, as it makes it simple to build on the exercise as the dog gets better at it. The book is peppered with helpful illustrations, well-written, enjoyable, and packed with useful information. Highly recommended! - Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears, Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior and So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Visual Guide to Training Your Dog, December 26, 2006
So many people, like me, are visual learners. The DVD format makes learning fast and easy, and allows you to easily go back to sections for review. You might think that as the co-star of a "competing" product, "Train Your Dog: The Positive, Gentle Method" DVD, I would pan this product. You'd be dead wrong. The How of Bow Wow is an excellent and useful DVD. The trainers demonstrate clearly not only how to teach a dog a new behavior, but how to "proof" it as well, so that the dog is able to respond regardless of distractions, etc. Sherri Lippman and Virginia Broitman are well-known trainers who really shine on this DVD. I highly recommend it to my own clientele as well as anyone reading this review. You won't be disappointed, and I bet you'll be amazed at how quickly your dog learns--and how much fun you both have in the process.
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears and So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition)


The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears
The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears
by Patricia B. McConnell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.05
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, Invaluable, and Highly Recommended, December 26, 2006
Although this is more of a booklet than a book, there is a treasure trove of invaluable information to be found between its covers. Readers will find a very clear, easy-to-understand program to address a dog's fears, whether they manifest as fearful behavior or fear-based aggression. The principles are scientifically sound yet explained in everyday language. McConnell gives examples that make the theories even more easily accessible. Anyone following this program, whether alone or under the guidance of a professional trainer, should make progress. This booklet is one that I always give to my clients whose dogs have this type of behavior issue. Highly recommended!
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears and Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior


The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs
by Patricia B. McConnell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.71
204 used & new from $2.66

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 10 stars if I could!, December 26, 2006
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As a dog trainer who specializes in behavior issues, as well as being an avid reader (and fellow author), I cannot express how much I adore this book. I have attended Patricia's seminars and her warmth, intelligence, and ability to convey invaluable information related to canine behavior comes across in this book just as it does in person. I have a vast collection of dog training books. Some are referred to for specific information on behavioral issues. Some gather dust. This one will be read more than once, just for the sheer enjoyment. Patricia McConnell is an excellent writer, and anyone who wants to understand more about the relationship between dogs and people and how to improve them should absolutely buy this book. It is one of my most highly recommended books to my dog training clientele. - Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears and So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition)


The Power of Positive Dog Training (Howell reference books)
The Power of Positive Dog Training (Howell reference books)
by Pat Miller
Edition: Paperback
114 used & new from $0.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive training works and so does this book!, December 26, 2006
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Pat Miller is a well-respected trainer who is known for training both owners and other trainers. She uses modern, gentle, scientifically proven methods, which is what you will find in this book. The book is well-written, and organized in a way that gives the average dog owner a good introduction to positive training. As a fellow author, I appreciate Pat's clear, specific instructions. As a fellow dog trainer, this is one of the books I recommend to my clients to read for additional guidance. Brava, Pat! - Nicole Wilde, author So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition), Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears and Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior


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