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Two Day Seminar with Nicole Wilde CPDT-KA, award-winning author and lecturer

This two day seminar has been approved for 12 CPDT CEUs

Day 1: Helping Fearful Dogs – June 10
Many dog owners, shelter/rescue workers, trainers, and other canine professionals find anxiety, fears, and phobias to be among the most challenging behaviors to treat. This information-packed workshop combines lecture, photographs, and extensive video footage to explore the art of working with fearful dogs, with some overlap into fear-based aggression. Topics include:

  • Causes and prevention
  • How fear manifests
  • Recognized and lesser-known stress signals
  • How to work with fearful dogs in the home
  • Suggestions for group classes
  • A Firm Foundation program on which dogs can build confidence
  • Skills owners should know
  • Skills to teach dogs
  • What training equipment is (and is not!) appropriate

Interactive exercises include participation in solving a fear-related case history. You will also get an overview of how complementary therapies can make your treatment plans even more successful.

Day 2: Two Timely Topics: Separation Anxiety & Dog-Dog Play – June 11
Separation anxiety is a challenging problem for dogs, owners, and sometimes even for trainers. It may not be life-threatening, but it can certainly be lifestyle-threatening. In extreme cases, separation anxiety can even cost a dog his home. Get the best and latest cutting edge advice from the woman who wrote Don’t Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety, the award-winning book on the subject!

Dog-dog play may seem a lighter topic, but it is crucial to understand the subtleties of play in order to prevent aggressive incidents and to keep dogs healthy both physically and psychologically. Both segments of this full-day seminar are packed full of invaluable information that will be applicable whether you are an owner, trainer, rescue/shelter worker, or other canine professional or enthusiast.

Separation Anxiety: Both Sides Now (Morning)
Many owners become frustrated and overwhelmed living with a dog with separation anxiety, and some even give up. While most trainers are aware of standard protocols and approaches, some dogs just haven’t read the game plans, and outside-the-box solutions are needed. Living with Sierra, a shelter dog who came with a deeply entrenched case of separation anxiety, has given Nicole an insider’s perspective on separation issues and has emphasized the fact that a cookie-cutter approach does not work for every dog. Nicole’s twenty years of experience as a canine behavior specialist, along with her newfound empathy for owners, allowed her to develop outside-the-box, creative ways to address separation problems and to support owners.
This presentation includes lecture and video. Topics include:

  • How to accurately diagnose a separation issue, and how to differentiate separation anxiety from isolation distress
  • Root causes, and how owners can have an influence for better or worse
  • Creative management options, including what to do in an emergency
  • The Alone Zone: Where in (or outside) the house to leave your dog when you’re away; what is not recommended and why
  • The latest, easy-to-use technological advances that allow you to monitor your dog while you’re away
  • Assessing if and when pharmacological intervention is appropriate, and two natural alternatives to consider
  • Complementary products and therapies that may help
  • Separation anxiety myths (You might be surprised at some of the “accepted wisdom” that is simply untrue!)
  • Common questions, such as “Could getting a second dog help?”
  • A structure to help you formulate a customized behavior modification plan

Whether you are a trainer, owner, or shelter/rescue worker, you will come away from this seminar with a better understanding of separation issues and how to modify them in order to lessen stress for both owners and dogs, and to give dogs a better chance at a forever home.

Dissecting the Dynamics of Dog-Dog Play (Afternoon)
In the fluid dance we call play, dogs leap, spin, chase, pounce, and wrestle together. Their interactions range from joyful romps based in camaraderie and fun, to cautious “discussions” born of over-arousal and tension, and sometimes even to skirmishes that can result in bodily harm. If we are to make accurate behavioral assessments and keep dogs safe psychologically and physically, we must understand play’s subtle dynamics.

Through entertaining lecture and extensive video footage, we will explore the nuances of dog-dog play. Viewing slow motion playback will reveal split-second body language, signals, and maneuvers that would otherwise be missed, and will improve your skills when watching dogs interact in real time. Even if you are an experienced trainer or owner, you’ll be amazed at how much is revealed. One thing is certain: you’ll never look at dog-dog play in the same way again.
Topics include:

  • What constitutes safe play
  • Whether actions like mounting are problematic or not
  • What the latest studies reveal about gender play preferences, role reversals, and self-handicapping
  • What canine physical features may confuse other dogs and hamper communication
  • Which danger signals should not be ignored
  • When a play bow means something other than, “Let’s play!”
  • How and why redirected aggression occurs
  • How play can sometimes be a displacement behavior
  • How to safely intervene when arousal escalates
  • …and lots more!

About Nicole Wildenicole-wilde
Nicole Wilde is an internationally recognized award-winning author and lecturer, as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Her ten books include So You Want to be a Dog Trainer, Help for Your Fearful Dog, and Don’t Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety. In addition to working with dogs, Nicole has worked with wolves and wolfdogs for over fifteen years and is considered an expert in the field.

Nicole is a popular speaker at conferences and teaches seminars worldwide. She educates professional trainers and others both online and in print, writing regularly for the Huffington Post, Modern Dog Magazine, and her own Wilde About Dogs blog. Nicole is dedicated to helping dogs in shelters and rescues. She is an avid photographer and, in addition to consulting on behavior issues, donates her time photographing dogs to increase their chances of adoption.

Nicole lives in southern California with her two northern breed dogs, boatloads of dog hair, and one very understanding husband. She runs Gentle Guidance Dog Training, and continues to write and publish books and teach seminars. Her books, blog and more can be found at

These upbeat, fascinating, information-packed seminars are aimed at trainers, owners, rescuers and anyone who wants to help dogs.

Both days are from 9:00am-4:30pm with a one hour lunch. Light snacks and water will be provided and there are several restaurants and fast food outlets nearby.

Cochrane & Area Humane Society Rehabilitation & Education Centre (located behind the main building)
62 Griffin Industrial Point Cochrane, AB


$299.00 + GST

Download and fill out the registration form and send completed form to:


Fax: 403-709-0009

Mail: 62 Griffin Industrial Point Cochrane, AB T4C 0A3

NOTE: if you need CEUs for CCPDT or IAABC, please specify which organization. For CCPDTs, please note your CCPDT number on the form.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made on or before April 22, 2017 will receive a full refund minus a $50.00 cancellation fee. There are no refunds on or after April 23, 2017. Refunds will not be given for partial seminar attendance.

Nearby Accommodations:

Days Inn & Suites – pet friendly (see their policy for more information)

Ramada Hotel – pet friendly (see their policy for more information)

Super 8 – pet friendly (see their policy for more information)

Proceeds benefit the Cochrane & Area Humane Society Shelter Behaviour Programs

If you have any questions please call 403-932-2072 or email



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