Being Nice to Your Dog is Good Science! Del Mar Dog Training

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By Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology, Del Mar Dog Training

Congratulations on making the commitment to enhance your relationship with your canine companion and best friend through training! In order to communicate effectively with your dog, it is 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. It’s our job to love them, to care for them, and to teach them.

 All living things thrive on positive feedback – people, dolphins and very importantly, your dog! Positive training for companion animals is fast becoming the preferred method of dog training. One of the non-aversive dog training/s most prominent advocates, The Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2006) in their article, “Good Trainers: How to Identify One”, recommends dog-friendly dog training because it is effective, humane and leads to the lasting behavior you’ve been working so hard to achieve with your dog. To get started, reward the behaviors you would like to see repeated, and ignore, prevent or manage the behaviors you’d rather not have repeated. In addition to short training sessions, pay close attention to your dog’s behavior and actively identify and reward the behaviors you like that she already does on her own, such as Sit or Down. Behavior can be “captured” in this way.

Positive does not mean permissive, however so remember to set some household rules, draw boundaries, establish routines and make it all doable for your dog by being consistent.

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.WOOF (9663) or by email:  for private obedience instruction and behavioral consultations near Del Mar and the San Diego Coast. Please visit us at 
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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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