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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

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

DOG/DOG AGGRESSION. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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

Dog/dog Aggression: There’s nothing pet parents like better than socializing with their dogs. They often want everyone to like their dog and they want their dog to like everyone… including other dogs. Pet parents may feel it’s a reflection on them personally if their dog is not friendly to other dogs. It’s not. Before you head off to the local dog park or dog beach there are two important questions to ask yourself: “Is it safe?” and “Is my dog really having fun?”

Your dog speaks to you through body language–ear and tail carriage, stance, behavior and vocalizations.Read more

BARKING, BARKING, BARKING – Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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

 

Does your dog bark while running in circles, bay at the moon, bark at bugs, or scare your visitors out of their boots?

Dogs bark:

• To repel intruders (alarm barking)

• For attention

• During play

• As an outlet for energy

In separation anxiety distress

• To demand something from you

Barking is as natural a vocalization for dogs as speaking is for humans. Basic barking is normal, but incessant barking may indicate an unhappy dog that has developed a behavior problem.… 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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