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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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Del Mar Dog Trainer Linda Michaels Rated in the U.S. Top Ten

Del Mar dog trainer Linda Michaels M.A. Psychology, was recently named one of the top ten dog trainers in the U.S. by Top Ten Magazine. Linda is the only all-positive dog trainer on the list serving Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe and the coastal Southern California cities between San Diego and Beverly Hills. The list was […]



BY LINDA MICHAELS, M.A. 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 Reinforcement training with our companion […]

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BY LINDA MICHAELS Summer’s Here! Del Mar Dog Beach & Park Who can resist getting your pup and family outdoors to catch the surf and rays and get some exercise this summer? Del Mar’s Dog beach and your local dog parks can be wonderful places to exercise and play with your dog, however, they come […]


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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, […]