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Behavior Consultation

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Assessment and treatment of nuisance, and other single-issue problems.

  • Fully customized plans to fit your dog, your lifestyle and your family.
  • Steps to guide you through the “hiccups” gracefully.
  • Addresses troublesome issues that have just cropped up, or long-term problems.


NEW! Allergy Management
Learn Behavioral and Management Tools to Decrease Allergy Exposure, Response and Your Dog’s Pain
1 session

House Training
Home Set-Up for Errorless House-Training
2 sessions

Separation Anxiety
Assessment and Treatment Plan
2 sessions

Barking- Incessant
Positive-method training techniques. We don’t
shake cans, squirt guns, or frighten your dog in any way.
1 Session

Loose Leash Walking
Home and in the Field
2 Sessions

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Private Lessons

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Customized training services for the discriminating pet parent.

Everything you and your dog need to know to live “happily ever after.” A
comprehensive course: one hour introductory lesson, plus (4) 1.5 hour private home-visits, weekly or bi-weekly.

Begin training now with what you feel is needed most – then proceed with customized
standard obedience training that best fits your family and home life.

You won’t find more effective, dog-friendly training delivered with more care and
personal attention anywhere, at any price.

Private training may be your service of choice if you want:

Convenience. Available 7 days a week, including evenings. All family
members may attend.… Read more

Aggression, Reactivity and Fear

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Help for all types of Aggression:

If you’ve been struggling with human or dog aggression on walks or at home, start treatment today. New, All Positive and Effective. Most Aggression is based in fear. These techniques work for Fearful dogs too. All Positive.

  • Specifically designed to be extremely simple for the dog, and easy to implement for you.
  • Desensitize your dog to known triggers.
  • Stop your dog from over-reacting with Force-free/Pain Free method.
  • Bite Expert, Cara Shannon JD-developed training program.
  • 4 Private (1.5 hr) and 2 Group/Field (1 hr) Sessions.
  • Requires a commitment to the process.

Cost: $800

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Phone Consultations

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Phone Consultations can easily help everything from “nuisance” problems to Basic Manners Skills. Convenient. Less expense than private or group training. Solves problems right now. Customized tips sheet.

The following problems may all be addressed by Phone Consultation:

New Puppy Issues.
Jumping Up.
Incessant Barking.
Clicker Training Technique.
Sit, Down, Wait, Come.
Leash-walking Gear, Techniques and Tips for Pulling.
Mild Separation Anxiety and Fearfulness Tips and Techniques.

One problem: 30 minutes
Two problems: 45 minutes
Three problems: 60 minutes
You will be contacted within 48 hours to schedule your Phone Consultation.


Linda Michaels, “Dog Psychologist” M.A.Read more

Speaking Engagements and Seminars

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Speaking to veterinary, Meet-up, breed, shelter, rescue and other dog-centric groups interested in
fascinating, well-researched dog behavior modification and Positive Reinforcement training topics.

  • Educational and entertaining
  • Includes video clips and hand-outs
  • Customized presentations to suit your special needs
  • 45 minute lecture/15 minute Q & A

Sample Topics:

Top 10 Things to Teach Your Dog
FAR Beyond Training: Taking Your Dog Beyond Fear, Aggression and Reactivity
Top 10 Ways to Say “Thank You” to Your Dog
Puppy Training 101
Positive Dog Training—How It Works
Cost: $15 per attendee. Minimum of 15 attendees.
Special Free“Lunch and Learn” presentations to Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals available upon request.… Read more

Overnight Pet Training

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If you want Overnight Training-oriented Dog and House Sitting, this service is for
you. A popular specialty service: Overnight pet sitting is offered to clients whose dogs
have completed a private course with Wholistic Dog Training.

Available in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Southern Encinitas, Carmel
Valley, Torrey Pines, Torrey Hills, Fairbanks Ranch, and Cardiff by the Sea.

When you want…

In-your-home overnight pet sitting

Professional spot training while you are away

House sitting

Companionship for your dog with not more than 5 hours of alone time
each day

A fully insured professional

The overnight rate includes trouble-shooting behavioral issues and/or formal training
for one or two behaviors per week.… Read more

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification In-Your-Home

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Private and Customized In-Your-Home Evaluation and Training Instructions, plus one
Field Trip Meeting, and Certification when your dog passes!

Find out what your dog already knows and what your dog needs to learn to pass the
10-item test below and become a proud certificant in this popular AKC program.

Hang the Certificate on your fridge, purchase a CGC leash or medal and proudly show
off your dog’s new skills.

Wonderful for any dog, and especially so for breeds that can benefit from being
reclassified as “Good Citizens”.

Fee. $330

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Training and Testing Items

Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, pet parents sign the Responsible Dog
Owners Pledge.… Read more


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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