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Part II

If your thoughts of gratitude this Holiday Season include your precious pup who faithfully brings so much joy and unconditional love all year long – show your appreciation by including your dog in the festivities of the season.  Please help us to find new ways to say “Thank You”!

6. Grooming

A trip to the groomer for a new hair-do or even a spa treatment, blueberry facial and massage can be a fun yet practical holiday choice. Grooming is not only aesthetically pleasing but hygienically prescribed. Bathing and brushing removes bacteria and may uncover tumorous growth or dermatologic conditions that need veterinary attention.The groomer files toenails to prevent painful walking.… Read more

How do you say “Thank You” to your dog? If your gratitude this Holiday Season includes your precious pup who faithfully brings so much joy and unconditional love all year long– show your appreciation by including your dog in the festivities. Say “Thank You” to your kindred canine and make your dog smile. Here are some of my ideas, please feel free to add yours to the Wish List.

1. Hang Out with Your Dog

Photo Courtesy of Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego

One of the best gifts you can give your dog is your time, energy and affection, and quite likely, no one is more gleefully pleased with your attention than your dog.… Read more

The lingering aroma of hot cider, eggnog, and evergreen, sparkling lights that brightened each night, and my great hope for a wonderful new year, stir me to share a list of “gifts” that can enhance the quality of every dog’s life. Your thoughtful choices make a big difference– from adoption to the twilight days.

1. Adoption
Consider adoption as a first-choice. There’s a wide array of deserving dogs that need families. You may find an already house-trained, obedience-trained, and socialized dog that fits in easily in your home.

2. Veterinary Care
Be pro-active about your dog’s health and ask questions. Personal recommendations from a trusted friend or professional are best.… Read more


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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