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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

Adopt For The Holidays. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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Check out Linda’s book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Kronenberg

Adopt for the Holidays!  Wherever I travel, I visit the dogs. I’ve toured numerous humane societies, shelter facilities, and wolf rescue sanctuaries. In Beverly Hills, Rancho Santa Fe, and online worldwide, dog adoption is becoming not only the humanitarian but also the fashionable thing to do. Celebrities often have “pet projects”.

Why not start a new holiday family tradition sharing the joy with a rescue group? It’s the perfect opportunity for pet lovers to give back to the animals– adopt, foster, volunteer, or donate skills, equipment or money…whatever you can do is appreciated.Read more

Top 10 Thank You Gifts for Your Jingle Dog. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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

Our precious pups bring such joy to our lives and deliver unconditional love all year long. Consider saying “Thank You” with gifts that keep on giving throughout the year. Some of these may make you smile–all of them will make your dog smile.

  1. Adopt or Donate. There is no greater gift. Consider adoption to fill that special place in your forever home, or donate some resources to your local shelter or rescue group. Click here to donate to help rescue dogs receive training and become more adoptable. 
  1. Linda Michaels Del Mar Dog Trainer dog psychologist san diegoSocialize, Socialize, Socialize! Socialization is the most critical learning activity of all.
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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

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

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Dog Rules

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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

Del Mar Dog Trainer Linda Michaels Rated in the U.S. Top Ten. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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Del Mar dog trainer Linda Michaels M.A. Psychology, was recently named one of the top ten dog trainers in the U.S. by Top Ten Magazine. Linda is the only all-positive dog trainer on the list serving Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe and the coastal Southern California cities between San Diego and Beverly Hills. The list was compiled based on a combination of fame and experience, as well as her Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology, research experience in Behavioral Neurobiology,  Victoria Stilwell professional license (Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog fame), numerous professional dog training credentials including the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) coveted Professional Canine Trainer (Accredited) PCT-A credential where she was among the first 20 certificants to pass their rigorous test, plus her 15 years of experience, earning her a spot on the list.Read more

SUMMER’S HERE! DOG BEACH & PARK. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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BY LINDA MICHAELS

Summer’s Here! Del Mar Dog Beach & Park

Who can resist getting your pup and family outdoors to catch the surf and rays and get some exercise this summer? Del Mar’s Dog beach and your local dog parks can be wonderful places to exercise and play with your dog, however, they come with some built-in caveats as well. Make the right decisions at the right time for your dog. Here’s how to stay safe, play safe and learn practical skills for successful dog beach and dog park adventures this summer.

Part 1. Safety Tips

  • Look for parks with separate large and small dog areas.
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Puppy Come…or I’ll Shock You??? Linda Michaels, M.A., Psychology

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This series of blog posts recounts topics drawn from a recent guest segment by Del Mar Dog Trainer Linda Michaels, M.A. on the Pet Professional Guild Radio Show.

Question: Can you tell us if you think training an emergency recall with P+ (punishment such as a shock collar) could, in any way, be preferable to using R+ (reinforcement, such as a treat or affection)?

Answer: This is such an important topic because both shock collar trainers and so-called “balanced trainers often use Recall/Come in demonstrations to the public or online, as a way to impress their audience and as means to tout the supposed superiority of their training method with “off-leash” training.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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