Certificate of Recognition – Linda Michaels M.A.

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Linda Michaels M.A.

Linda Michaels, M.A., Psychology, PCT-A, 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) and author of the Do No Harm Dog Training TM and Behaviour Manual for both trainers and pet parents. Linda is the Founder and Head Administrator of the wildly popular Do No Harm Dog Training Facebook Group where force-free advocates from around the world gather to share resources, solve dog behaviour problems, and promote animal welfare. Linda is a proud Affiliate of the The International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour Ltd - ISCP, the ICAN: International Companion Animal Network, and The Association of INTODogs force-free training, veterinary and welfare organizations where the Hierarchy of Dog Needs is prominently featured. The development of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs ® (HDN) -- Standards of Care and Best Force-free Practices, is a wellness and force-free behaviour modification guide. This is one of Linda’s most significant contributions to animal welfare and training. The Hierarchy of Dog Needs closes the door on the perceived need and advisability of using punitive or aversive methods to train our pet dogs. It offers a clear, easy-to-use force-free alternative to some of the most popular teaching paradigms now available. The Hierarchy of Dog Needs is in use internationally by veterinary behaviourists, veterinarians, dog trainers (including working-dog and police-dog trainers), groomers, shelters, rescues, animal welfare advocates, as well as pet parents, and is now available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Danish, and German. Linda teaches private, customized basic manners/obedience lessons for dogs of all ages and every breed. Her practice, Do No Harm Dog Training™ , serves pet parents in Del Mar, La Jolla to Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas.