A Full-Day Seminar Presentation

3-disc set. Running Time: 5 hours,  50 minutes


Many trainers find anxiety, fears and phobias to be among the most challenging behaviors to treat. This intensive, information-packed workshop incorporates lecture, photographs and extensive video footage to explore the art of working with fearful dogs. You’ll learn techniques that you can implement immediately, and come away with new ways of thinking about canine fear issues and how to address them.

Topics include: 

  • causes and prevention;
  • how fear manifests;
  • recognized and lesser-known stress signals;
  • how to work with fearful dogs in clients’ homes;
  • a Firm Foundation program on which to build confidence;
  • skills to teach owners;
  • skills to teach dogs;
  • a brief review of desensitization and counterconditioning;
  • and what training equipment is (and is not!) appropriate.

Note: Although this seminar was presented to an audience of primarily trainers, it is also invaluable for owners, rescue and shelter workers, vet techs, and anyone who works with fearful dogs.




"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."
—Janice P.


"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, seminar host, Metro All-Breed Obedience Club


"Nicole is a knowledgeable, dynamic speaker. Love her!" — Debbie M.


Working with Fearful Dogs