About

headshot4blog Nicole Wilde is the author of nine canine-related books, as well as a certified pet dog trainer and canine behavior specialist. She has taught seminars around the world to dog trainers, shelter/rescue workers, dog owners, vet techs, animal control officers, and others. Nicole’s background includes many years of rescue work with wolfdogs (wolf ¬†hybrids) and working with Los Angeles city animal shelters.

Nicole has hosted the Dog Talk radio show and co-starred in the DVD Train Your Dog: The Positive Gentle Method. She writes a column for Modern Dog Magazine as well as contributing articles and blogs to various sites including Dog Star Daily,¬†Dogtime.com, and Victoria Stilwell’s Positively site. Nicole runs Gentle Guidance Dog Training in southern California, helping dogs and their people to achieve better communication and cooperation.

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Photo credit: Monty Sloan

30 Responses to About

  1. Sarah A. Dean CPDT-KA says:

    I appreciated your presentations at the APTD conference. I am also appreciative of the council on wolf hybrids. I have ordered the book, but appreciate the assistance in the mean time.
    Sarah A. Dean CPDT-KA

  2. Michael says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. I’m a dog lover myself but not as informed as you are. I would just like to ask you some questions privately, would you mind kindly contacting me at nairmichael8@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Michael

  3. Cindy Kreiman says:

    Hi, I’m interested in aquiring some of your books, but I am having difficulties finding them. If you have any info That would be great. i’ve also done my own animal rescues including wolfdogs. I would love to speak with you about them if you have time. I also work at an animal shelter and would love to share stories…. Thanks, Cin

    • wildewmn says:

      Hi Cindy,
      If you are in the U.S., you can order any of my books directly through the Phantom Publishing website at http://www.phantompub.com. If you are outside of the U.S. let me know and I’ll let you know who the distributor would be.
      Nicole

  4. DebS says:

    I am using your book Don’t Leave Me! to help our recent shelter adoptee Belle, and it’s a life saver. She has severe isolation distress and has broken out of her crate once. She is now staying eight minutes alone and has not visible signs of distress when we return. What a victory! Thanks for all of your tips. She is also reactive to other dogs, so I’m learning a lot from your blog and taking hope that our Belle will improve in this area as well.

    • wildewmn says:

      Deb, I’m so happy to hear that! Eight minutes is a huge victory, especially since it sounds as though she started out with pretty severe distress. Hang in there with both that and the aggression issues. You’re doing a great job! :)
      Nicole

  5. Clementine says:

    I too am a fan and am reading your book on helping fearful dogs. I have rescued a fearful dog that is not addressed in your book: An Australian Shepherd pup (9 months) who is not toy, food or anything motivated as he is extremely fearful of all movement, mainly human. He is desperately afraid of humans. He goes completely stiff whenever humans approach him, follows the pack to the treat but when I give him the treat (even if I toss it gently) he runs away. He barely eats (I give him privacy… hand feeding definitely does not work) because he is so stressed. We have had him fro a month and from being catatonic, he now follows me (at a distance) even comes on the couch with me and bed and loves his walks. But he will not come up to me other than on the couch and bed and runs circles around me to greet me. I never approach him head on and follow all your rules. Can’t train if I don’t have anything he wants…. HEEEELP. Thanks. How do I know if you have answered this? Clementine (I “liked” your facebook page… is that a way to know what you think?)

  6. Shelly Weinstein says:

    The dog in the picture on the left – what sort of dog is that? It’s an absolutely beautiful animal.

    • wildewmn says:

      Thanks, Shelly! That’s Sierra, a dog we adopted from the shelter, so we have no background. Husky-Keeshond-who-knows-what is our best guess. ;)

      • Gunnar Lundgren says:

        Hi, I think Sierra looks very much like a Finnish Lapphund. The Lapphunds are related to the Keeshond, but larger. I have a couple of Lappies and they are wonderful dogs, intelligent, funny and in my mind very beautiful.

      • wildewmn says:

        Hi Gunnar, her body shape is different but I can see the resemblance!

  7. Eric Smith says:

    Nicole,

    I found your book “Wolfdogs A-Z” at Amazon.com while researching help on the internet to train my newest dog companion. I’ve read through it once and am impressed with your presentation and understanding of the doggie mind. I am a life long dog person (nearly 45 years now) and have had a variety of canines in my life. The newest is Wyatt, a wolfdog from a rescue in Phoenix who is an absolute joy – at nearly nine months he is close to 90 lbs and getting bigger, so I want to be sure he is well mannered and easy (easier) to live with.

    I just ordered your DVD “Train Your Dog” because I need some straightforward techniques on training. I have tried to find a local dog trainer who can help, but it seems most use a less desirable approach than the ones you advocate. While i would prefer to have the feedback of another person who is qualified, I’ll do my best to follow the instruction presented on the DVD. Do you have a forum where people like myself can ask specific questions related to their dogs?

  8. What an incredible photo of you with those two wolves! Amazing!

  9. maechs says:

    Hello! I found your blog through Freshly Pressed…and boy am I glad I did! I have 3 fur-kidz of my own at home. They are such a huge part of my life – they add so much joy and laughter to my life (and sometimes aggrevation)! I’ll be browsing your blog looking for helpful tips and other fun stuff!

  10. I have a pet post now and then on my “The Nature In Us” blog (www.thenatureinus.com) and wondered if I could use your blog post on “How to Find a Lost Dog?” I would give author credit of course and your website link. I saw that article due to a post by a friend on Twitter, so wanted to find out what your protocol is for use of your wonderful articles.

  11. Stacy C. says:

    I don’t see dogs that look like my own Finnish Lapphund looking rescue mutt Bo very often, but if you mixed Sierra and Bodhi you’d probably get something very close. Only Bo has a dark orange undercoat and wispy ankle fluffs. I’ve also been on the never ending quest to figure out what he is mixed with. Your blog has been very informative and very fun to read. I’d love to see you keep up the good work. :)

  12. jburke says:

    Hello!
    I have to say I’m very glad I found your blog. I love all the photos and content. It’s very easy to relate to, and sheds light on common interests and issues of dog owners. As a dog owner myself I really appreciated how organised the blog is so that readers may easily navigate when looking for topics relevant to their own puppy.
    I have recently entered the blog world writing about my experiences with rescue dogs. I look forward to posting a link to your blog- it’s a great resource!

  13. Amanda Thiara says:

    Hello,
    I have some personal questions to ask you. May I contact you via email address listed above in one of the other comments/replies?

    Amanda

  14. I am new to your blog and love your photography. I shall now be following with interest. We have a dog, she’s spoilt rotten and it’s all my fault. I love dogs, you may guess this if any of my posts are of interest.

  15. Sandy dehoux says:

    I have a Sheltie that is now 9 yrs old. Shes home bound – well, because I cant take her anywhere. Multiple issues with her. Difficult to live with. Has had Obedience training, agility, Rally and the only thing she has been successful in is herding. She barks nonstop at everything, circles, attacks furniture when someone sneezes, out of control frenzy when tearing a ckeck out of the book, picking up a fly swatter, moving a chair, the vacuum, bites the agility equipment during training, in a barking frenzy even while playing on the floor with my grandchildren. Not a biter and never aggression toward humans or other dogs. Has been untrainable and I feel I have failed her. I also have three other Shelties that excel in performance events. Have been training for over 30 years. Its difficult to divert her from these behaviors and she has taught some of the negative ones to the others. She dominates me as well as our home. I find that I have had to adapt to HER. She is crated while I clean, I put her outside or in a closed room to write a check, kill a fly or climb onto a chair to reach something. Any DVDs on how to approach these issues? Have had private training sessions with various handlers, different approaches to training and have never had any success. Would appreciate any insight.

    • wildewmn says:

      Hi Sandy,

      It sounds as though you have a very sensitive girl there, to sound and perhaps movement. This isn’t a matter of training. It would be best to consult with a veterinary behaviorist, as this might be a case where medication could make her life (and yours) much less stressful.

      Take care,
      Nicole

  16. Lena Swanson says:

    I am new to your blog and so far I like what I see! I am a professional animal communicator and am wondering how you feel about intuitive/telepathic communication with animals. Thanks for all you do!

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