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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Snake Avoidance. By Linda Michaels, M.A.

How can you keep your dog from being bitten by a venomous snake? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer and there are no guarantees.

Seal Your Yard. Many, if not most, snake bites to dogs occur on their own property. Neither your family nor your dog is safe from venomous snakes. Remove food sources, such as: rodents, mice, birdseed, crickets, pet food and secure garbage cans. Remove habitats where they may hide, such as: woodpiles, vegetation, underbrush and rocks. Seal holes and block entrances under your house. Install rattlesnake safety fencing. (See Wikihow.com for suggestions). There are no spray or scatter products that have proven to be effective. 

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TOP FIVE TRAINING TIPS. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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Picture 62Top Five Tips for Successful Puppy Training! It’s scientifically sound advice to be nice to your dog. So says the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, in a consensus article,Good Trainers: How to identify one (2006). The authors, esteemed veterinarians and experts in behavior, recommend positive training methods and tools, and warn against the use of punitive methods and tools. Intimation and pain-based methods can actually worsen your dog’s behavior.

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Speak to your dog in a language your dog can understand!

The field of dog training has no “Do No Harm” ethic. Anyone can call themselves an “expert dog trainer “. How’s a well-meaning pet parent supposed to figure out what is really best for their dog?

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Victoria Stilwell Book Review. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

 

             

The Pet Professional GuildBy LINDA MICHAELS, M.A., DEL MAR DOG TRAINER – REVIEWED FOR BARKS, PET PROFESSIONALS GUILD

Victoria Stilwell, star of the hit Animal Planet TV show It’s Me or the Dog and CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training, unleashes the power of Positive Reinforcement training with her new book, Train Your Dog Positively (TYDP). Stilwell, the passionately vocal dog training expert, delivers a concise, thorough, scientifically-supported and referenced discourse with a message that has far-reaching implications.

Stilwell hits her stride right out of the gate and delivers her trademark TYDP Cover 533x800straightforward advice and insights with a fresh new eloquence while meeting a formidable challenge-providing clear theoretical explanations with practical applications in each area of dog problem solving.

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Wise Food Choices. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training


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What’s more important to your dog than food? Chances are, not much.

The experts do not agree about nutrition, however, Dr. Doug Knueven, veterinary lecturer on dog nutrition, tells us that poor diet is the biggest obstacle to achieving canine health: Many illnesses, skin, and behavioral problems are directly affected by diet. Here’re some “greendog” guidelines:

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Poor diet is the biggest obstacle to achieving canine health. Photo Courtesy of Julie and Archie

Diets. Home cooking is great if you eat healthy, and you avoid foods that are toxic to dogs.… Read more

About

Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology, Del Mar Dog Training, serves clients in Del Mar and San Diego County from La Jolla to Carlsbad, plus Rancho Santa Fe, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Linda Michaels was recently rated one of the top ten dog trainers in the United States, by Top Ten Magazine. Linda has a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology (Hons), and is the creator of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs™ (HDN). She focuses on the psychological aspects of dog behavior that often mirror human psychological conditions, such as: fear, separation/attachment disorders, and aggression toward humans and other dogs. She also teaches private, customized basic manners/obedience lessons for dogs of all ages and every breed.

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