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LINDA MICHAELS, DEL MAR DOG TRAINER, SPECIAL TO THE U-T. This Holiday Season, Help Shelter Pets Find a Home

Why not start a holiday tradition and share the joy of the season with your local animal rescue group? It’s the perfect time of year for pet lovers to give back to the animals. This holiday season, there are more dogs than ever in need of help.

You can foster, volunteer, adopt, or donate skills, equipment or money. You’ll not only provide a much-needed service to our community, but it will fill your heart to overflowing. That’s a promise. Your local 501c3 rescue groups– often shelters of last resort, need help.Read more

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

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New Year’s Dog Diet Resolution: “I resolve that my dog will eat better in the new year!” Why not get on the “green dog bandwagon” and give your dog the new year’s gift that will last a lifetime? Your dog will be ecstatic about this resolution!

If you’re having trouble sifting through all of the dog nutrition information and want to know what’s good for your dog to eat and what’s not–what’s  essential and what’s not–this article is written for you.

Veterinary nutritionist agree, a poor diet is the biggest obstacle to achieving canine health…from the ingredients, to the additives, to the processing.

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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. You’ll not only provide a much needed service to our community, but it will fill your heart to overflowing.Read more

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BY LINDA MICHAELS, DEL MAR DOG TRAINER – SPECIAL TO THE UT SAN DIEGO

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The aromatic heralds of the holiday season are coming to your home soon; roasted chestnuts, eggnog lattes, cranberry sauce, hot pumpkin-spice pie, gingerbread cookies and turkey, scented candles and pine trees. Yum!

Pet parents often believe dogs can learn to see things from the human point of view. However, although dogs are extraordinarily teachable and adaptable they are also utterly unique. Understanding how your dog perceives the world can deeper your relationship. Dogs live in a subterranean world full of information we are entirely unaware of — a world where the nose leads.

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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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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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BY DEL MAR DOG TRAINER LINDA MICHAELS 

Top 10 Do’s and Dont’s for Your Dog in the New Year

If you’re adopting a dog this holiday season or choosing a puppy, think carefully about how you will select, socialize and train the new addition to the family.

                                                                 

Happy New Year! Photo Courtesy of Lyn Dubois and Tammy

Happy New Year!
Photo Courtesy of Lyn Dubois and Tammy


1. Don’t choose a pup on the spur of the moment or value cosmetics over temperament and personality. The behavioral pick of the litter is generally the middle puppy: The feistiest or the shyest may have been either a bully or a victim.

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2014 THANKSGIVING DOG DAY LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER FOR THE POSITIVE PET PROFESSIONALS OF SAN DIEGO AT THE BEAUTIFUL OCEANSIDE HOTEL INDIGO DEL MAR. 710 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014 

Join us for a Thanksgiving Dog Day Luncheon and Animal Blessing, Sunday, November 23, from 12pm – 3pm for a family and dog-friendly Fundraiser to support the Positive Pet Professionals of San Diego (PPP of SD). Hosted by KUSI TV celebrity, Sandie Lampe. Blessing of the Animals at 1pm: Blessing Certificates available. RSVP Please: Facebook Thanksgiving Dog Day. The event is Native American and PilgrimScreen shot 2014-10-27 at 5.04.57 PM themed. Dress-up encouraged for all.Read more

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Every year many dogs suffer psychological trauma during the 4th of July fireworks, whereas, we humans are ecstatic over fireworks. Understanding your dog’s fearful behavior and what you can do at this stressful time of year is important for the emotional well-being of your pet.

Fireworks on the Lugano LakeInterestingly, one of the only innate fears humans have is a fear of  loud noises. We still “jump” and our bodies prepare to “fight or flight” (or freeze) when we become startled by a loud, erratically heard noise. The bright flashing light can contribute in part to your dogs fear, as well as the squeals of young children that may accompany the loud booms.Read more

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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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