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We use only positive, cutting edge, dog training methods, effective for all dogs and all problem behaviors. For lasting results, we need to address the underlying causes for problem behavior rather than treating symptoms alone. Let Linda bring her extensive training, experience, skills, and dog-friendly methods to you and your dog.

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Top 10 Thank You Gifts for Your Jingle Dog

BY LINDA MICHAELS, M.A. Our precious pups bring such joy to our lives and deliver unconditional love all year long. Consider saying “Thank You” with gifts that keep on giving throughout the year. Some of these may make you smile–all of them will make your dog smile. Adopt or Donate. There is no greater gift. […]

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Hierarchy of Dog Needs TM

Introducing the The Hierarchy of Dog Needs TM A  Wellness and Humane Force-free Behavior Modification Guide The Hierarchy of Dog Needs was developed as a progressive Force-free alternative to the paradigms that have been, and that are currently available. You will note in the Hierarchy of Dog Needs TM that neither Positive Punishment nor Negative Reinforcement appear in the […]

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Dog Rules! aka Dogs Rule!

Dog Rules Author: Unknown 1. The dog is never permitted in the house. The dog stays outside in a specially built wooden compartment named, for very good reason, the DogHouse. 2.  Okay, the dog can enter the house, but only for short visits or if his own house is under renovation. 3.  Okay, the dog […]


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    Behavior Consultation

      Assessment and treatment of nuisance, and other single-issue problems. Fully customized plans to fit your dog, your lifestyle and your family. Steps to guide you through the “hiccups” gracefully. Addresses troublesome issues that have just cropped up, or long-term problems.     NEW! Allergy Management Learn Behavioral and Management Tools to Decrease Allergy Exposure, […]

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    Private Lessons

    Customized training services for the discriminating pet parent. Everything you and your dog need to know to live “happily ever after.” A comprehensive course: one hour introductory lesson, plus (4) 1.5 hour private home-visits, weekly or bi-weekly. Begin training now with what you feel is needed most – then proceed with customized standard obedience training […]

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    Aggression, Reactivity and Fear

    Help for all types of Aggression: If you’ve been struggling with human or dog aggression on walks or at home, start treatment today. New, All Positive and Effective. Most Aggression is based in fear. These techniques work for Fearful dogs too. All Positive. Specifically designed to be extremely simple for the dog, and easy to […]

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    Phone Consultations

    Phone Consultations can easily help everything from “nuisance” problems to Basic Manners Skills. Convenient. Less expense than private or group training. Solves problems right now. Customized tips sheet. The following problems may all be addressed by Phone Consultation: House-training. New Puppy Issues. Jumping Up. Incessant Barking. Clicker Training Technique. Sit, Down, Wait, Come. Leash-walking Gear, […]

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    Speaking Engagements and Seminars

    Speaking to veterinary, Meet-up, breed, shelter, rescue and other dog-centric groups interested in fascinating, well-researched dog behavior modification and Positive Reinforcement training topics. Educational and entertaining Includes video clips and hand-outs Customized presentations to suit your special needs 45 minute lecture/15 minute Q & A Sample Topics: Top 10 Things to Teach Your Dog FAR […]

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    Overnight Pet Training

    If you want Overnight Training-oriented Dog and House Sitting, this service is for you. A popular specialty service: Overnight pet sitting is offered to clients whose dogs have completed a private course with Wholistic Dog Training. Available in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Southern Encinitas, Carmel Valley, Torrey Pines, Torrey Hills, Fairbanks Ranch, […]

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    Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification In-Your-Home

    Private and Customized In-Your-Home Evaluation and Training Instructions, plus one Field Trip Meeting, and Certification when your dog passes! Find out what your dog already knows and what your dog needs to learn to pass the 10-item test below and become a proud certificant in this popular AKC program. Hang the Certificate on your fridge, […]