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Nicole has done it again -- written a clear, helpful and comprehensive book on a type of behavior problem that is all too common, and all too difficult to address. An excellent resource for trainers. --Trish King, Director of Behavior and Training, Marin Humane Society<br /><br />This book is literally overflowing with invaluable, realistic how-to information about safely working with aggressive dogs. After spending much of her career working with wolves and hybrids, dog aggression must seem like a walk in the park for Nicole. We are lucky to benefit from her expertise. --Dr. Ian Dunbar, Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers<br /><br />Working with aggression is dangerous. Nicole's thoughtful, detailed and encouraging guide bravely lays out for the trainer what is required. The dog training world should welcome it. --Sue Sternberg, Founder and Director, Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption

Winner of the Best Professional Dog Behavior Book of 2008! --Association of Animal Behavior Professionals

Working with aggression is dangerous. Nicole's thoughtful, detailed and encouraging guide bravely lays out for the trainer what is required. The dog training world should welcome it. --Sue Sternberg, Founder and Director, Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption

About the Author

Nicole Wilde is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer who specializes in behavior issues. She is the recipient of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers prestigious Ian Dunbar Member of the Year Award for 2006, and a popular speaker at national and international conferences. She is also an instructor and on the advisory board for the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, the educational branch for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior. Nicole is an internationally recognized author and lecturer. Her books include Living with Wolfdogs, Wolfdogs A-Z, So You Want to be a Dog Trainer, It s Not the Dogs, It s the People!, One on One: A Dog Trainer s Guide to Private Training, and Help for Your Fearful Dog. She has presented seminars both domestically and internationally for APDT conferences, training clubs, and other groups. Nicole writes training and behavior articles for various publications, including an ongoing training column for Modern Dog Magazine. She co-stars in the DVD Train Your Dog: The Positive Gentle Method, and co-hosted the Dog Talk radio show, where her experience, humor and quick wit were put to good use. She was also featured in the Paul Owens DVD The Dog Whisperer (not to be confused with the television show by the same name). Nicole s experience includes a position as Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles Animal Services, where she instructed volunteers in canine handling and behavior, handled hundreds of dogs, and served as adoption counselor. She served as Executive Director for Villalobos Rescue Center, a sanctuary for rescued wolves/wolf hybrids, pit bulls and exotic animals. Her specialty was socializing fearful wolves who were to live out their lives at the center. She also trained wolves and other canines at the center, and presented seminars for animal control officers, schools and specialty groups. Her experience is rounded out by having worked at a doggy daycare (supervising 40-50 off-leash dogs daily!), a veterinary practice, as Editor/Chief Writer for a Get-A-Pet magazine, and teaching group classes as well as private instruction. Nicole owns and operates Gentle Guidance Dog Training in Southern California. With warmth, humor and positive techniques, she trains owner to train their dogs. Nicole continues to teach seminars domestically and internationally for professional dog trainers, rescue and shelter workers, veterinary groups and others, and to educate the public on canine behavior issues.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phantom Publishing; First edition (July 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981722717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981722719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mychelle Blake on July 23, 2008
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Nicole Wilde's new book on aggression is a "must-read" not only for dog trainers who are considering taking on aggression cases, or currently do work with them, but also for trainers who work with other behavior cases. The questionnaires and advice in the book on taking a history are invaluable and any trainer, new or experienced, can gain some valuable tips and advice on working one on one with dog owners. This book covers all aspects of working with aggression cases from start to finish, with everything from what to do before, during and after a session to "what if" scenarios such as getting bitten, dealing with euthanasia, etc. I highly recommend this book!
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I work in canine behaviour and specialize in Dog Aggression cases, i always find that i am learning new things from day to day. I found this book extremely useful and informitive with some very common sense advice for anyone who works with dogs already, this is a must read. It becomes very obvious that Nicole has 'been there' so to speak and the reader will identify with some of the scenarios she describes. This deserves a five star rating.

teresa@feistyfidos.com
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This is a compassionate, poignant and clear presentation of a subject too often misunderstood. Readers will have a hard time putting this book down because of Nicole's unique ability to make difficult concepts clear and "heavy" material light, via her wonderful sense of humor and sometimes quirky, fun delivery. Although written with professional dog trainers in mind, this book and its wealth of material directly addresses the complexities of aggression. It will help anyone who opens the cover grasp and understand these concepts and as a result,all dogs will benefit. Great job.
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Nicole Wilde has drawn a clear and straightforward map for dog behavior consultants to follow in working through the issues of aggressive dogs and their owners. Here's a well-organized and thoughtful reference for us all to use as we work through the complexities of improving aggressive behavior in dogs, and working through the emotional issues their owners confront. Nicely done!
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I thought this was a very good resource if you are a trainer. It provides a guide through a difficult and often misunderstood behavior issue. My only complaint is that, as a trainer, I was looking for some techniques to help work through aggression.
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The "practical considerations" covered in this book are, I believe, the very things that differentiate a professional Behavior Consultant from any random person who has hung out a "behaviorist" shingle.

Professional behavior consulting has structure, detail, planning, and well-thought out application of behavior modification principles, and it is these structures that provide added value and improved case resolution to clients. Behavior work is as much (or more) about the human clients - addressing family dynamics, building committment to behavior modification plans, and dealing with the emotions that run high in aggression cases. And there's a heck of a lot of paper, if you're doing it right.

Being competent in sound behavior modification techniques is essential to working with aggression cases - but it is not enough! Organizational and interpersonal skills are just as important as "training chops." This book alone will not give you the breadth of knowledge and skills needed to competently work aggression cases (no book will), but it will help you to honestly assess when you are prepared to do so, and equip you to do a competent and professional job when you are ready. It will also help keep you and others safe.

Thank you Nicole, for helping me along my journey from trainer to behavior consultant. I am so glad this book was available to help me learn to be the best consultant I can be (and still learning). My clients thank you too.

A behavior consultant's bookshelf just cannot have "too many" Nicole Wilde books.

Ann Withun, BS, ACDBC, CPDT-KA
Fieldwood Dog Training Center, Carlisle, PA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, IAABC
Board of Directors, IAABC
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This book is full of every detail a new trainer needs to know if they are considering working with aggression cases. Actually, "old" trainers could benefit from it as well, as the book covers so many aspects of this subject. Ms. Wolfe discusses, among many, many other things: how to be sure you are ready for varying types of aggression; examples of client questionnaires; what to bring to such a session; what to wear to such a session (and why); definitions of canine behavior; what to discuss with the client to be sure they understand; what to do if you get bitten during a session; and so much more......And at the end of the book is a list of Resources available for even further knowledge. I recommend this book highly.
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Once again Nicole Wilde offers her readers an in-depth, information-packed, 'trainer-in-your-pocket,' style book for anyone who works with (or plans to work with) aggression cases.

Nicole holds nothing back as she literally walks with her readers through practical handling techniques, safety considerations, information on equipment while sharing her own personal experiences with cases. Also included is a comprehensive resource directory for forms, training products and more. A top-notch must-have book!
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