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Monthly Archives: August 2014

PET PARENTING POSITIVELY™…Part 2. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

Welcome! You’re on the way to learning the Foundations of Pet Parenting Positively™. Let’s continue on this fascinating journey discovering the scientifically-endorsed positive reinforcement training methods. Code words — Do No Harm

Containment Management: Containment as a management tool may help prevent frustration and it can speed up learning. Until your dog has learned good household manners, teach your dog to accept restrictions, such as crating at night for housetraining and accepting a baby gate or an X-pen to cordon off a room in your home until more spaced is earned. Always provide your dog with things to do…afterall, that’s only fair.Read more

2014 Art for Barks Hero Dog Awards. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

The First Annual Service Hero Dog Awards at the San Diego Polo Fields!

14555 El Camino Real, San Diego CA

If you love dogs, art, fashion, and horses, please join us for a truly delightful and amazing afternoon in support of our local canine heroes.The San Diego Polo Club is hosting an Art for Barks fundraiser, to celebrate the Spreckles Cup, a SD Fashion Week Service Dog runway show, Arabian Horse Demonstration and much more! Linda Michaels, MA, Del Mar dog trainer along with Victoria Stilwell and Dr. Marty Becker and other local businesses, are proud to sponsor Art for Barks — non-profit artist and educational advocate for dogs, First Annual San Diego North County’s Service Hero Dog Awards contest!

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PET PARENTING POSITIVELY™… Part 1. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

This is the first in the continuing series on positive pet parenting, excerpted from my upcoming book.

If you’ve made the decision to pet parent your dog positively, congratulations on your good judgement! Your decision will enhance your relationship with your canine companion and best friend. Afterall, that’s why most people get a companion animal…pet parents want to have a trusting, loving, fun relationship with their new puppy or rescue dog.

In order to communicate effectively with your dog, it’s important to build a foundation of benevolent leadership, good management, and dog-friendly training. Dogs are an unparalleled gift to humankind and to each one of us personally.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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