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Appropriate Play Between Dogs

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

Play between dogs should be a two-way street.

  • Dogs should take turns chasing each other where neither dog is a bully or a target, so play goes back and forth.
  • You should not hear a puppy squealing during play but only if accidentally frightened or tackled too rough.
  • With puppies, adult dogs should be willing to “let the puppy win” now and again, and always back off if the puppy squeals.
  • Adult dogs ought to be willing to get down to the puppy’s level, so the puppy can have fun too, of course!
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Enrich Your Dog’s Life to Thrive

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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

Teach Your Dog to Stop Jumping in 5 Steps

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Teach Your Dog to Stop Jumping in 5 Steps
By Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology — Del Mar Dog Training

Does your dog jump on you as if she’s in training for the Olympics and you are the trampoline? Squirting squirt guns and shaking cans of marbles are no fun for you or your dog, and they don’t produce lasting results. Reprimands have little effect and may backfire or cause aggression. For pet parents who prefer positive-only training, stepping on toes, kneeing the chest, electric shock, or yanking a chain are simply not options. What’s a pet parent to do?

Whether your dog has been jumping up on you for years, or you have a new puppy in training, try these dog-friendly techniques to help Sparky keep his Four on the Floor. Read more

How Pet Professionals Can Use the Hierarchy of Dog Needs TM

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From the upcoming Hierarchy of Dog Needs Handbook by Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology — Del Mar Dog Training

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Use The Hierarchy of Dog Needs to open doors to conversations with other pet professionals and with clients. The Hierarchy of Dog Needs encourages your clients to invest in a total program of care and training because it illustrates how comprehensive needs and force-free training methods are connected.

Working up the pyramid, The Hierarchy of Dog Needs can help the pet professional to identify unmet needs, undermet needs, behavior problems, as well as areas of interest to the client.Read more

Learn to “Make the Case” for Force-free Dog Training from Linda Michaels M.A. Psychology

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Learn to Make the Case for Force-free Dog Training DVD

Do you struggle, like so many professionals, to “Make the Case” for force-free methods in dog training? Do you want to know how you can win debates on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves — our dogs?

Good news! The seminar I presented at the 2015 PPG Summit, titled “Understanding Research: Making the Case for Force-free Training,” is now available on DVD, for those of you who could not attend the summit. This is my seminal work, and greatest contribution to the force-free training mission, bridging the gap between research, dog training and the pet parent. Read more

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

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

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.

Science Knows Best

All living things thrive on positive feedback – people, dolphins, and very importantly, your dog!Read more

PROGRESSIVE ZOOS NEVER USE AVERSIVE PUNISHMENT — SHOULD YOU? Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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BY LINDA MICHAELS, M.A. — DEL MAR DOG TRAINING

PROGRESSIVE ZOOS NEVER USE AVERSIVE PUNISHMENT — SHOULD YOU?

This series of blog posts recounts topics drawn from the Pet Professional Guild Radio Show, featuring Linda Michaels (2).



Question:
What are some of the benefits of using Positive Reinforcement (+R)?

Answer: The benefits of using Positive Reinforcement training with our companion animals are pretty much the opposite of the drawbacks of using aversive punishment.

Photo: DogPsychologistOnCall.com

Photo: DogPsychologistOnCall.com

Goodness, today, all progressive zoos and wild animal parks use management and positive reinforcement ONLY even with large and potentially dangerous animals. 

Surely, we can train our pet dogs without the use of aversive punishment, whatever the task.Read more

Hierarchy of Dog Needs Chat on Positive Pet Advice. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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Thanks to Lisa G. White for inviting me to chat about The Hierarchy of Dog Needs in her Facebook group, Positive Pet Advice (PPA) We’ve transcribed the chat below, and you may also find it on the PPA Facebook page here.

Introductory Biography:

Linda Michaels MA del mar dog trainer dog psychologist san diego dog trainingLisa: Linda Michaels, M. A., Experimental Psychology (Hons), Del Mar Dog Training, focuses on the psychological aspects of dog behavior that often mirror human psychological conditions, such as: fear, separation/attachment disorders and aggression as well as animal wellness. Her laboratory research experience in behavioral neurobiology examined the interface between behavior and the brain.

Linda’s unique combination of scientific training and hands-on experience with dogs and wolfdogs creates a bridge between the worlds of research, dog trainers and pet parents as demonstrated in her presentation at the Pet 2015 Professional Guild (PPG) inaugural summit: Understanding Research: Making the case for force-free training.Read more

HELP FOR THE FEARFUL DOG. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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BY LINDA MICHAELS M.A. DEL MAR DOG TRAINING — RANCH COAST NEWS

“Lilly” certainly was little. She measured just up to the high end of my ankle and it made me shiver to think of what it was like to live down there with all the giant humans and bigger dogs tramping all over the place. Nevertheless, I’ve seen many confident, even overly-confident toy breed pups that aren’t the least bit troubled with their small stature – but this was different. The little fawn-coated Chihuahau/doxie seemed to have every fear-laden issue in the dog diagnostics book.

Adoptee and rescue dogs almost always have a mysterious past that new pet parents can never truly know.Read more

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

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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

About

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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