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Nicole Wilde
Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA, is the author of nine books including Help for Your Fearful Dog and Don’t Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety. She lectures worldwide on canine behavior, is an "Ask the Expert" columnist for Modern Dog magazine, and co-stars in the DVD Train Your Dog: The Positive Gentle Method. Nicole's books, seminar DVDs, and "Wilde About Dogs" blog can be found at You can find her on Facebook and Twitter @NicoleWilde

Entries by Nicole Wilde

An Open Letter to the Man Who Smacked His Dog

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Hi there! I passed you this morning while walking my dog along a mountain trail. I've seen you with your dog before, and you've always been pleasant as we exchanged greetings. I've also noticed how your dog is reactive toward other dogs,...

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The Danger of Redirected Aggression in Dogs

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:07 PM

2015-03-30-1427741200-9702817-aggressivehuskysmallHP.jpgAs any police officer can tell you, domestic violence calls can be tricky. The officer arrives at the home where a couple's heated argument has progressed to violence. But although the two have been screaming at and even hitting each other, when the officer...

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Do Little Dogs Get Away With More?

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:03 PM

Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, this headline caught my eye: "Pet Pomeranian Kills 6-Week-Old Baby Girl." Now, any incident where a dog kills a child is horrific, but this one was also unusual. I mean, cute, fluffy Pomeranians aren't exactly known to be a menace to society. It's always particularly...

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Are You and Your Dog Sympatico?

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:12 PM

2014-12-11-DollarphotoclubwomandogsympaticoHP.jpgA while back, I watched a television special where singer Sheryl Crow was discussing the process of songwriting and producing music. At one point she mentioned working with another person, and smiled as she said they were "sympatico." She described a relationship...

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What Is 'No!' Really Telling Your Dog?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 1:03 PM


This past weekend my husband and I saw the film Whiplash. The story centers around a teenage music student whose teacher is... well, I can't really print the words that would most accurately describe him. At one point the student, a drummer, is...

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Living in the Moment With Our Dogs

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 8:59 PM


One of my best friends lost one of her best friends this week. Sydney was a 13-year-old mixed-breed bundle of love and was my friend's "soul dog." If you've ever had one of your own, you know what I mean. Although passing on...

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Aggressive Dog? No Problem!

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 6:03 PM

This morning, I visited Amazon online. Naturally, Amazon suggests things I might like to purchase. Usually I breeze past them. Elegant gold women's watch? Not my style. Cat tree? Hmm. I'm pretty sure my invisible cat is happy enough without one. What did catch my eye was a book about...

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Options for Severely Aggressive Dogs

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Mechanics have weeks where they see a slew of brake jobs, or more carburetor issues than usual. There's no rhyme or reason; it's an odd universal phenomenon. Dog trainers, too, have weeks where they seem to hear about an awful lot of the same type of issues. This week, for...

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Your Dogs Are Fighting: Step In or Step Off?

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Yesterday afternoon, I gave Sierra and Bodhi a snack of stuffed, frozen Kongs. Bodhi, of course, finished his first -- the boy inhales anything in front of him. Sierra likes to take her time, alternating between excavating treats and giving Bodhi her patented Look of Death any time he so...

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Who Comes First: You or Your Dog?

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 6:22 PM

The woman on the phone sounded anxious. She needed a trainer to come to her house today. When asked about the urgency, she replied that she was bringing a four-month-old puppy home, and needed help introducing her to her other dog. The resident dog was a 10-year-old small breed who...

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When a Two-Dog Home Turns Into Sophie's Choice

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:34 AM


Many of us whose family includes two dogs have set it up that way because we believe dogs enjoy canine companionship. When they're left alone, they're home together. And whether we're there or not, each has a friend to wrestle and play with,...

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Dog Training: Knowing When to Break the Rules

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 5:45 PM

In photography, there's something called the Rule of Thirds. It has to do with composition. If you digitally overlay a tic-tac-toe grid on your photo, ideally, your subject should be positioned where lines intersect, or at least in the top, bottom, left, or right thirds. Placing a subject smack dab...

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Calling All Dogs: Can You Hear Me Now?

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:21 PM


A woman stands in the middle of a park calling her dog. The dog, oblivious, continues to play with his friends. The woman calls out again, this time more loudly. No response. Finally, in a fit of frustration, she screams at the dog,...

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Dog Training: A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

(9) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Have you ever picked up a magazine containing ads or fashion spreads where you appreciated the beauty of the female models? While many are pretty to begin with, for every "ooh" and "aah" there are ten behind-the-scenes manipulations that produced that image, from hair and makeup to lighting, and especially...

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Dog Learning is 24/7

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 10:14 AM

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How much time do you spend each day training your dog? If you answered "30 minutes," "An hour," or even "Three 10-minute sessions," you're wrong. Oh, I believe that you're working on specific skills during those periods--but the truth is...

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At the Shelter: Can Sensory Input Influence Adoptions?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:09 PM


I'm one of those people whose mind always seems to translate things into how they relate to dogs. The other morning was no exception. I came across an article stating that researchers have discovered what they call the "temperature-premium" effect. According to

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'My Dog Bit Someone -- Out of Nowhere!'

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Those are the words I heard when I picked up the telephone this morning. The caller was understandably distraught. Her 16-month-old German shepherd had bitten a visitor, a man who had not been to the home before. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured and did not press charges. But he...

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Beyond Typical Resource Guarding

(8) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 6:10 PM


We've all heard about dogs who guard their food, or perhaps treats or toys. But there are some dogs from whom resource guarding goes beyond the norm, and seems to be an art form. Here are just a few examples:

1. Guarding people:...

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The Real Truth About Rescuing Dogs -- and Wolves

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 1:38 PM


When you bring a dog home from a shelter or adopt one from a rescue, you're doing a noble thing. You're taking a dog whose days might be numbered, and giving him a new lease on life. Perhaps the dog immediately takes to...

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Is Lip-licking Beagle a Threat to Baby?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 5:07 PM

2014-01-13-beaglelickslips72dpi.jpgA veterinarian recently told me an interesting story. A woman who had brought her beagle in for vaccinations mentioned that she was very concerned about the dog's behavior. There was a baby in the family, and it seemed that the beagle would...

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