Del Mar Dog Trainer Specializes in Shelter Adoptions

DEL MAR — Last year, approximately 8,412 dogs were euthanized by the San Diego Department of Animal Services and local shelters, according to the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition. Of those euthanasias, 4,185 were owner-requested citing “not healthy” as the reason, and 1,945 because dogs were determined to be “unhealthy and untreatable” by shelter staff.

The remaining 2,282 euthanasias were of healthy, adoptable dogs.

“So heartbreaking, so many great dogs are in need of training,” said Linda Michaels, M.A., and a Victoria Stilwell-licensed dog trainer. “Most dogs are abandoned because of a behavioral issue that became unbearable for the family.”

Ten years ago, Michaels was working on her master’s thesis when she began volunteering at the San Diego Humane Society….

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From left: Sandie Lampie, host, Pet Patrol on KUSI with dog trainer Victoria Stilwell and Linda Michaels, M.A. and a Victoria Stilwell-licensed dog trainer.