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. Linda is also on the Board of Advisors for Art for Barks, a Rancho Santa Fe-based charity and is the Behavior Advisor for the in Julian and a member of the Del Mar Village Association (DMVA). Michaels will be presenting at the inaugural Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Summit in Tampa on Understanding Research: Making the Case for Force-free Dog Training.

Introducing the Top Ten Best Dog Trainers in the United States, online lifestyle Top Ten Magazine noted that although dogs are our best friends, there are problems pet parents often face such such as jumping on people, dragging people along on walks, refusing to come when called, begging for food, barking at visitors, chasing  dogs, cats, cars and other behavior that may annoy and leave pet parents confused. They may not know what to do or how to solve these problems in order to live a joyful and peaceful lifestyle. Top Ten Magazine encourages pet parents to find a competent professional dog trainer who can help to handle these problems. 

Linda Michaels Dog Trainer Del Mar California dog trainer positive“In California, you can find Linda Michaels, a certified professional dog trainer. Through using positive dog training methods which are truly effective, she trains all dogs and can resolve problem behaviors. Linda focuses on the main factors responsible for causing  problem behavior instead of treating the symptoms alone. Private lessons, behavior consultation and phone consultations are among the services that are offered by Linda Michaels.”

Other positive reinforcement dog trainers on the list are Dr. Ian Dunbar, DVM and PhD in Animal Behavior — a pioneer in non-aversive training methods and puppy socialization, prolific author and speaker, Zac George, Animal Planet star, and Kyra Sundance author, and famed dog sports and trick trainer.

From Linda: Thank you to Top Ten Magazine for including my dog training practice on your list of the top ten dog trainers! If you want to learn more about how I can help your dog, please read about my services and contact me. To learn more about how positive dog training works, please check out my Blogs!


Linda Michaels, “Dog Psychologist,” MA, and Victoria Stilwell-licensed Del Mar dog trainer and speaker may be reached at 858.259.WOOF (9663) or by email:  for private obedience instruction and behavioral consultations near Del Mar and the San Diego Coast. Please visit us at All rights reserved.


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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