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Hierarchy of Dog Needs TM. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

Introducing the The Hierarchy of Dog Needs TM
A Wellness and Humane Force-free Behavior Modification Guide
Created by Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology, Del Mar Dog Training

The Hierarchy of Dog Needs was developed as a progressive Force-free alternative to the paradigms that have been, and that are currently available. You will note in the Hierarchy of Dog Needs TM that neither Positive Punishment, Negative Reinforcement, Negative Punishment nor Extinction appear in the Force-free Training block: Indeed, they are purposefully absent. This easy-to-use training guide for Force-free dog training was long in the making. The principles apply to ALL animals. The guide is available FREE.Read more

Dog Rules! aka Dogs Rule! Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

Dog Rules

Author: Unknown

1. The dog is never permitted in the house. The dog stays outside in a specially built wooden compartment named, for very good reason, the DogHouse.

2.  Okay, the dog can enter the house, but only for short visits or if his own house is under renovation.

3.  Okay, the dog can stay in the house on a permanent basis, provided his dog house can be sold in a yard sale to a rookie dog owner.woman and dog

4.  Inside the house, the dog is not allowed to run free and is confined to a comfortable but secure metal cage.Read more

How to Train Your Wolfdog, with Linda Michaels, M.A. — Wolfdog Radio. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

Radio interview with accompanying wolfdog slides by Del Mar Wolfdog trainer Linda Michaels, M.A. Discusses everything you need to know about socializing, raising, and training your Wolfdog to become a canine good citizen. Much thanks to my gracious hosts, George Stapleton and Samantha Tambor for the guest invitation to Wolfdog Radio. I am thrilled to be in the company of speakers that include, Dr. Ian Dunbar and Dr. David Mech.

Linda Michaels, “Dog Psychologist,” M.A./Psychology a Top Ten Rated U.S. Dog Trainer — Del Mar Dog Training, may be reached at 858.259.9663 (WOOF) or by email:  for private manners/obedience instruction and behavioral consultations near Del Mar and the San Diego Coast.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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