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How to Find a Good Dog Trainer

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

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Good Trainers!

With the overwhelming variety of dog training collars and methods advertised, it is often frustrating for pet parents to find the best trainer. Please remember this: The safest, as well as the most effective methods are based on force-free/pain free/fear free scientific principles. The consequences of using other methods not only include a high risk of psychological and very possibly medical injury, but they are entirely unnecessary. Renowned veterinary behaviorist and editor of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Dr. Karen Overall (DVM, PhD), provides an outline in her article aptly titled, Good trainers: How to identify one.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

Holidays Smells Are in the Air! Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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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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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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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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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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Open Letter to Canine Research Scientists. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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Del Mar Dog Trainer Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology, calls on canine research scientists to lead the way on the ethical treatment of companion animals and take a stand against shock collars.

It would require a long list to delineate the benefits of companion animal canine research conferences and live streams. Admirably, these conference bring canine researchers into the mainstream of the canine applied practices fields, i.e., dog training. Many pet parents and trainers take careful note of scientific positions and plan to incorporate the lessons-learned into their practice. The researchers benefit in kind from relationships forged with dog trainers and pet parents.Read more

New Year Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts. Linda Michaels, M.A. Del Mar Dog Training

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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!
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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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YOUR PUPPY’S HEALTH. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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SOCIALIZATION & VACCINATIONS GO TOGETHER

Pet parents are now aware of the necessity of providing dog/dog socialization opportunities for their puppies. Nevertheless, when and how to do it is still misunderstood largely because many veterinarians, as well as breeders and pet-store owners, advise new pet parents to avoid socializing their new puppy with other dogs until the age of four to six months in order to avoid exposure to illnesses that vaccines protect against.

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Veterinarian experts in animal behavior, however, caution that the risk of developing behavioral problems—especially aggression—outweighs the risk of developing disease in otherwise healthy puppies. As early as 2004, renowned veterinarian, RK Anderson, published an open letter to his veterinary colleagues titled Puppy Vaccination and Early Socialization Should Go Together.Read more

Wolfdog Training with Linda Michaels — Meet Shiloh and Oka!. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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Watch Linda Michaels, Del Mar Dog Trainer, train Wolf Ambassador Wolfdogs, Shiloh (9 months old) and Oka (8 months old) so they can help save our wolves in the wild by dispelling the myth of the “big bad wolf”. Shiloh and Oka are part of an educational project that provides lectures and demonstrations to the public

 

Linda Michaels, “Dog Psychologist,” M.A./Psychology a Top Ten Rated U.S. Dog Trainer — Del Mar Dog Training, may be reached at 858.259.9663 (WOOF) or by email: LindaMichaelsPositively@gmail.com  for private manners/obedience instruction and behavioral consultations near Del Mar and the San Diego Coast. Please visit us at DogPsychologistOnCall.com  Linda is the creator of the Hierarchy of Dog NeedsRead 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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