Burbank Seminars

                        Nicole Wilde in Burbank, CA

                                April 6 & 7, 2013

Saturday, April 6,  9:00 – 4:30
Alternative Approaches to Healing Canine Health & Behavior

Sunday, April 7, 9:00 – 4:30
Talk to the Paw! Understanding What Dogs are Really Saying—and What We’re Saying to Them*

*Premier of brand new seminar!

Alternative Approaches to Healing Canine Health & Behavior 

Most of us are familiar with treating canine health issues through traditional veterinary medicine, and behavior problems via training and behavior modification. But there are other modalities that can be amazingly helpful when used in conjunction with those treatments. Why limit the good you can do for dogs? Come and learn about some fascinating alternative approaches to healing canine health and behavior.

The morning session begins with an informative overview of how vibrational, energy-based healing methods work. We’ll then focus on specific ways in which flower essences can affect dogs. For example, did you know that the Bach Flower Essence “Beech” can help dogs who are intolerant of other dogs, or that the Masters Essence “Grape” is excellent for dogs who have been abandoned or abused? You’ll receive extensive handouts, and participate in a group exercise that will teach you how to choose the proper flower essences to address specific behavior issues.

After a brief, intriguing segment on how music can help dogs to relax and heal, we’ll touch on healing with color. The color spectrum consists of a variety of wavelengths, and each color has a specific effect on both dogs and people. You will discover which colors energize, which calm, and which can heal various ailments. You will also learn how to apply them with your dog.

The afternoon is dedicated to the emerging field of hands-on energy healing. You will hear about research studies, and learn simple, effective techniques to rebalance a dog’s energy and to clear blockages. A dog whose energies are in balance will experience improved health and display better behavior. You will see, through video segments of hands-on healing sessions with dogs, the effects that are possible with this type of treatment. In the extensive experiential portion that follows, you will be taught to sense and move energy–no previous experience is necessary! Through guided practice with fellow attendees, you will learn practical applications for working with your own dogs and others. You’ll learn how energy healing can calm dogs in a variety of situations, and how it can help with health issues, as well as behavior issues such as fear and aggression.

Even those who are deeply skeptical have come away from this seminar with a new respect for what these healing modalities can accomplish, and many have successfully used them to help their dogs. Taking an alternative approach to helping dogs can literally be a life-changing experience!

Talk to the Paw! Understanding What Dogs Are
Really Saying—And What We’re Saying to Them 

Dogs are excellent interpreters when it comes to the body language and signals of other dogs. But how good are we at it? Sure, you know that ears back and tail down means a dog is afraid, and that a show of teeth is your cue to move away slooowly. But there’s so much more to canine body language and communication.

Here are just a few of the many topics that will be covered: 

  • What does it mean when a dog’s teeth chatter, or when the lower jaw trembles?
  • How dangerous are air snaps and muzzle punches?
  • What can sneezing indicate, other than a need to vacuum your house?
  • Is there a significance to which side your dog’s tail wag favors?
  • How can you tell when a dog is showing aggression, as opposed to an active defense display?
  • Can you recognize the subtle signals that tell you when a dog is afraid?
  • Do dogs “laugh” and if so, how can we make use of it?

You’ll hear about all of those things, and will also gain a much better understanding of how human body language and vocalizations can have a huge impact. You’ll see how even your smallest gesture can affect the way dogs react, both in training and in everyday interactions. Best of all, you’ll learn how to use that knowledge to gain cooperation and trust.

The lecture is packed with eye-opening information including the latest research studies, as well as an extensive collection of fascinating photos and video footage–over 130 slides! By viewing real-time video and then slow-motion playback, you’ll improve your observational skills and discover subtle, lightning-quick signals that otherwise might have been missed—even if you’re a professional. And you’ll participate in the fun, interactive exercises “Intonation Station” and “50 Shades of Bark” to further hone your skills. This seminar packs a lot of useful information into one day. Whether you’re a trainer, shelter/rescue worker, owner, vet tech, or other canine professional or enthusiast, you’ll come away with plenty of new ideas, tips, tricks, and a whole new understanding of body language and communication—dogs and ours.

*Non-profits & rescue groups–scroll down for special pricing.

Single Day: Alternative Approaches…–Saturday, April 6, $125     


Single Day: Talk to the Paw! Body Language–Sunday, April 7, $125


Both Days: April 6 & 7, $230

Note: If you need CEUs (for CCPDT or IAABC) please specify which organization, and for CPDTs, please note your CCPDT number in Paypal’s “notes” section at checkout. 

Non-Profits & Rescue Groups, please register below. You must provide your non-profit number or name of your rescue group and position in the box next to your selection.

Non-Profit Rescues/Shelters ONLY: Special rate Saturday, April 6, $95

Rescue/Shelter Group


Non-Profit Rescues/Shelters ONLY: Special rate Sunday, April 7, $95

Rescue/Shelter Group


Non-Profit Rescues/Shelters ONLY: BOTH DAYS SPECIAL DISCOUNT, $180   

Rescue/Shelter Group

Note: If you need CEUs (for CCPDT or IAABC) please specify which organization, and for CPDTs, please note your CCPDT number in Paypal’s “notes” section at checkout.

Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel up to 30 days before the start of the seminar with no penalty or cancellation fee. There will be a $50 cancellation fee if you give less than 30 days notice. There are no refunds given from 2 weeks before the first day of the seminar. Refunds will not be given for partial seminar attendance.

This seminar will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott at 2100 Empire Avenue in Burbank. You will receive an email with hotel discount details, and another email with more information closer to the seminar date.


Nicole Wilde is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and an internationally recognized, award-winning author and lecturer. Her nine 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 (www.phantompub.com). 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 the recipient of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ prestigious Ian Dunbar Member of the Year Award for 2006, and a popular speaker at the organization’s conferences. She is on the Advisory Board of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, the educational branch for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior, and an Advisory Board member for the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. Nicole writes an “Ask the Expert” column for Modern Dog Magazine.

Nicole lives in southern California with her husband and two northern breed mixes, and runs Gentle Guidance Dog Training. Her blog, Wilde About Dogs, can be found at www.nicolewilde.com. You can also find Nicole on Facebook at and Twitter.    

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Feedback from Seminar Attendees:

I benefited from the seminar, picking up several good insights from each topic. As always, you were an engaging, polished speaker with well organized material, good anticdotes and stories, stayed on track and kept us on time. - Kathy St. Cyr, New Orleans "Two Timely Topics: Separation Anxiety & Dog-Dog Play" seminar

This was my third Nicole Wilde seminar. I always enjoy her take on behavior and training. Each time, I come away with something new and fresh to share with clients.
—JWE, GA "Two Timely Topics: Separation Anxiety & Dog-Dog Play" seminar

Very excellent speaker. Covered everything I expected and more. I liked the video clips and the way everything was organized. I like how she just touched on learning theory so that there was time for actually showing how to apply training techniques to the theory. Loved it.
—"Helping Fearful Dogs" seminar

I attended the (Australian) APDT conference over the weekend at which you were the key note speaker. I wanted to contact you directly to tell you what an amazing job you did. I am a lawyer by day and passionate CGC trainer by night. I have attended lots of seminars on legal and dog issues but have to say that as a speaker you rate right up there with the best I have seen. Your information of course is spot on, but you delivery was so refreshing, entertaining and delightful. I just wanted you to know how impressed I was. Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge with us, and for making it so enjoyable, through your energy and enthusiasm.
  —Bev Clark Adelaide, SA

She is an amazing communicator - very natural, very articulate and really funny!
  —"Creative Client Coaching" seminar

Nicole is a knowledgeable, dynamic speaker. Love her! Great balance of lecture and audience participation.
  —"Helping Fearful Dogs" seminar

I just wanted to let you know that we received a lot of great feedback from your seminar. They all commented that you presented the material very well and most of all learned a lot. I've already seen people in class correcting "people" about the way they correct their dogs. It was refreshing to see the dog not get punished for being a dog!! Thanks again for helping us help our fearful dogs!!!
—Nancy Strack Metro All-Breed Obedience Club