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Enrich Your Dog’s Life to Thrive

This is an excerpt from Linda’s book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

Provide enrichment for your dog with ongoing training, games, toys, and jobs for your dog in order to improve the quality of life and to enhance your relationship. Meet your dog’s social needs with regular walks, outings, and activities. Consider participating in dog sports to provide novelty and to increase your dog’s confidence.

Environmental Enrichment

By April Bove-Rothwell

The overall goal of enrichment is to increase the behavioral repertoire of an animal. Enrichment goes far beyond just encouraging natural behaviors; it has the power to modify behavior when carefully planned and executed.… Read more

Choosing a Rescue Dog or Choosing a Good Breeder: How to Find a Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle. Part 2

choose rescue dog adopt puppyThis is an excerpt from Linda’s book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

Read Part 1 of this article.

Adopting a dog or puppy

Shelters and rescue groups are great sources to find your forever companion – and what a great feeling you will have when you save a life! Adoptable dogs are already neutered/spayed and have up-to-date vaccinations and microchips. Although puppies are extremely and impossibly cute, a house-trained adult dog may make an easier transition into your home life.

Local and breed-specific adoption agencies, shelters, and rescue groups have thousands of good dogs of every breed, size, age, and description who are looking for forever homes.Read more

Before You Fall in Love: Finding the right dog to fit your family. Part 1.

This is an excerpt from Linda’s book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

A new dog romping around the house provides constant entertainment and unconditional love, but be prepared to train, exercise, and care for that puppy or rescue dog for a lifetime. When you make the decision to bring a dog into your family, it’s a serious responsibility that requires forethought and commitment. Once you fall in love, it’s often too late to turn back. Plan carefully and choose wisely. Here’s how.

Choose a dog that fits your lifestyle and family

All puppies are adorable so make a list of

  • Must have traits
  • Flexible traits
  • Won’t have traits

Stick to your list.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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