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Greeting You and Visitors

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

Greetings may well determine the course of the relationships between you and your dog and your guests and your dog. Protect your guests and your dog by insuring that greetings go well. Your dog will thank you for not allowing him to rush to the door where he may be uncomfortable and doesn’t really know how to behave.

Dog Greetings Dog TrainingDogs aren’t famous for making reliably good decisions. Your dog should not be asked to make a decision about which of your friends feels safe.Read more

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Dog Separation Anxiety Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment

 

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

Separation Anxiety (SA) Disorder is both a devastating condition for your dog and a heart-wrenching experience for pet parents. Separation Anxiety is a stress-related disorder and fear reaction to being left alone. When left alone, dogs who suffer with SA experience what is akin to a panic attack in humans. SA is largely a result of over-attachment to pet parents, or to a canine littermate or house-mate. If a dog is overly attached to a human, generally, getting another dog will not solve the problem.Read more

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

Check out Linda’s book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

BY LINDA MICHAELS, DEL MAR DOG TRAINER – FOR 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.

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Appropriate Play Between Dogs

This is an excerpt from Linda’s 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 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 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

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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 puppyThis is an excerpt from Linda’s 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.

This is an excerpt from Linda’s 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.

Choose a dog that fits your lifestyle and family

All puppies are adorable so make a list of

  • Must have traits
  • Flexible traits
  • Won’t have traits

Stick to your list.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! by Linda Michaels, M.A.

Check out Linda’s book, Do No Harm™ Dog Training and Behavior Manual, available to download here.

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.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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