Del Mar dog trainer makes Top 10 selection


Linda Michaels, M.A, of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training in Del Mar was recently named one of the top 10 dog trainers in the U.S. by Top Ten Magazine (

Michaels is the only all-positive dog trainer on the list serving Del Mar and other coastal cities between La Jolla and Beverly Hills.

The list was compiled by Top Ten Magazine based on a combination of fame and experience. Michaels’ master’s degree in psychology and animal behavior, research experience in behavioral neurobiology, her Victoria Stilwell license as well as her numerous professional dog training credentials, and 15 years of experience earned her a spot on the list.

“Thank you to Top Ten for including my dog training business on your list of the top ten dog trainers!” said Michaels. “I am honored to be included on this list alongside fellow respected positive trainers Dr. Ian Dunbar, Zac George and Kyra Sundance. If you want to learn more about positive training and how I can help your dog, please contact me” at @VSDogTrainer.

Michaels specializes in the psychological aspects of dog behavior, socialization, treatment and training. She serves as the behavioral adviser for the in Julian, is on the Advisory Board of the Rancho Santa Fe charity,, and is the founder and director of the Positive Pet Professionals of San Diego. She is also a member of the Del Mar Village Association. Learn more at