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Appropriate Play Between Dogs

This is an excerpt from Linda’s new book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

Play between dogs should be a two-way street.

  • Dogs should take turns chasing each other where neither dog is a bully or a target, so play goes back and forth.
  • You should not hear a puppy squealing during play but only if accidentally frightened or tackled too rough.
  • With puppies, adult dogs should be willing to “let the puppy win” now and again, and always back off if the puppy squeals.
  • Adult dogs ought to be willing to get down to the puppy’s level, so the puppy can have fun too, of course!
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Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Errorless Housetraining

This is an excerpt from Linda’s new book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

If you’re reading this before you get your puppy—good for you! If possible, have everything ready before your puppy comes home. To help you and your puppy start off on the right paw from day one, I highly recommend the renowned puppy primer by Dr. Ian Dunbar, “Before and After You Get Your Puppy”. If you have a new puppy or an older dog who was never reliably housetrained, or who has regressed back to making mistakes, it is time to institute or revisit housetraining protocols.… Read more

Enrich Your Dog’s Life to Thrive

This is an excerpt from Linda’s new book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

Provide enrichment for your dog with ongoing training, games, toys, and jobs for your dog in order to improve the quality of life and to enhance your relationship. Meet your dog’s social needs with regular walks, outings, and activities. Consider participating in dog sports to provide novelty and to increase your dog’s confidence.

Environmental Enrichment

By April Bove-Rothwell

The overall goal of enrichment is to increase the behavioral repertoire of an animal. Enrichment goes far beyond just encouraging natural behaviors; it has the power to modify behavior when carefully planned and executed.… Read more

Choosing a Rescue Dog or Choosing a Good Breeder: How to Find a Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle. Part 2

choose rescue dog adopt puppyBy Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology — Del Mar Dog Training

This is an excerpt from Linda’s new book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

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Adopting a dog or puppy

Shelters and rescue groups are great sources to find your forever companion – and what a great feeling you will have when you save a life! Adoptable dogs are already neutered/spayed and have up-to-date vaccinations and microchips. Although puppies are extremely and impossibly cute, a house-trained adult dog may make an easier transition into your home life.

Local and breed-specific adoption agencies, shelters, and rescue groups have thousands of good dogs of every breed, size, age, and description who are looking for forever homes.Read more

Before You Fall in Love: Finding the right dog to fit your family. Part 1.

By Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology — Del Mar Dog Training

This is an excerpt from Linda’s new book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

A new dog romping around the house provides constant entertainment and unconditional love, but be prepared to train, exercise, and care for that puppy or rescue dog for a lifetime. When you make the decision to bring a dog into your family, it’s a serious responsibility that requires forethought and commitment. Once you fall in love, it’s often too late to turn back. Plan carefully and choose wisely. Here’s how.Read more

The Canine Good Citizen Test in Your Home!

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

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CGC Graduate!

Did you know that you can have your dog complete the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification in your home?

The CGC Certificate is the first step for most Therapy Dog programs. Most programs have their own requirements and CGC Certification is the first step in the process.

Linda Michaels, M.A., Del Mar Dog Training offers customized, in-your-home evaluation and training instructions session, plus one field trip session. 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.Read more

Holiday help for shelter pets! Linda Michaels, M.A., Del Mar Dog Training

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

Teach Your Dog to Stop Jumping in 5 Steps

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Teach Your Dog to Stop Jumping in 5 Steps
By Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology — Del Mar Dog Training

Does your dog jump on you as if she’s in training for the Olympics and you are the trampoline? Squirting squirt guns and shaking cans of marbles are no fun for you or your dog, and they don’t produce lasting results. Reprimands have little effect and may backfire or cause aggression. For pet parents who prefer positive-only training, stepping on toes, kneeing the chest, electric shock, or yanking a chain are simply not options. What’s a pet parent to do?

Whether your dog has been jumping up on you for years, or you have a new puppy in training, try these dog-friendly techniques to help Sparky keep his Four on the Floor. Read more

DogSense Chat on my Making the Case for Force-free Training Part 2

Part 2 of the Interview with Linda Michaels M.A.: Making the Case for Force-Free Dog Training. See Part 1 here.

by Denise O’Moore, Dog Sense Facebook Group

How to make the case for force free dog training linda michaels del mar dog trainer dog psychology positive reinforcementDenise: It’s good to have you here to ask you about the release of your DVD, “Understanding Research: Making the Case for Force-free Dog Training”.

Group member questions:

Scott: Where do you find the most resistance to FF advice or training?

Linda Michaels MA: Scott — where, oh where. It seems like most everywhere. The resistance is often in small or large geographic areas…but the problem continues to spread ubiquitously.

Julie: Even the word ‘scientific’ is being sullied by its misuse, how do you redefine and reclaim it?Read more

DogSense Chat on my Making the Case for Force-free Training Part 1

Part 1 of the Interview with Linda Michaels M.A., Psychology: Making the Case for Force-Free Dog Training

by Denise O’Moore, Dog Sense Facebook Group

How to make the case for force free dog training linda michaels del mar dog trainer dog psychology positive reinforcementDenise: Hi all and welcome! Tonight we have the one and only Linda Michaels M.A. joining us to discuss making a case for force – free training. Welcome Linda – thank you for joining us!

It’s good to have you here to ask you about the release of your DVD, “Understanding Research: Making the Case for Force-free Dog Training”.

Linda Michaels M.A.: Thank you so much for inviting me, Dog Sense. I feel very much at home here!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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