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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, […]

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BY LINDA MICHAELS, M.A. — DEL MAR DOG TRAINING PROGRESSIVE ZOOS NEVER USE AVERSIVE PUNISHMENT — SHOULD YOU? This series of blog posts recounts topics drawn from the Pet Professional Guild Radio Show, featuring Linda Michaels (2). Question: What are some of the benefits of using Positive Reinforcement (+R)? Answer: The benefits of using Positive […]

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Hierarchy of Dog Needs Chat on Positive Pet Advice

Thanks to Lisa G. White for inviting me to chat about The Hierarchy of Dog Needs in her Facebook group, Positive Pet Advice (PPA) We’ve transcribed the chat below, and you may also find it on the PPA Facebook page here. Introductory Biography: Lisa: Linda Michaels, M. A., Experimental Psychology (Hons), Del Mar Dog Training, focuses on the […]

Confidence Building is the Goal


BY LINDA MICHAELS M.A. DEL MAR DOG TRAINING — RANCH COAST NEWS “Lilly” certainly was little. She measured just up to the high end of my ankle and it made me shiver to think of what it was like to live down there with all the giant humans and bigger dogs tramping all over the […]