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TOP 10 THINGS TO TEACH YOUR DOG. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

Linda Michaels Del Mar Dog Training san diego dog trainerBY LINDA MICHAELS — Ranch Coast News

After falling in love with a dog that melted your heart at the local  shelter or carefully selecting  a puppy from the breed-specific rescue, you’re now faced with some very real challenges at home. What’s the quickest path to making your new bundle of joy a member of the family with whom it’s a joy to live? Your pup will be developing habits each and every day, so begin on day one to train the behaviors listed below.

1. Housetraining – From day one, the key words are containment, both short-term and long-term, and reward opportunities.… Read more

LET’S GO FOR A RIDE! Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

BY LINDA MICHAELS, M.A., DEL MAR DOG TRAINER – RANCH COAST NEWS  If you want to be sure that Fifi or Bowser happily hops into the car, this article was written for you. You’re all set to take your dog out on an exciting adventure or to spend some quality time together running errands, but when you say, “Let’s Go for a Ride” your pup turns tail, slinks away and goes into hiding. Once inside the car, your puppy howls, shakes uncontrollably, cries, or tries to escape– then crawls into your arms holding on tenaciously with his nails while you’re trying to drive…making you feel just terrible too.… Read more


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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