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TOP 10 GIFTS THAT LAST A LIFETIME. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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.

Photo Courtesy of Cindy Staszak

Photo Courtesy of Cindy Staszak

1. Adoption
Consider adoption as a first-choice. There’s aveterinary care 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.

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Video: Meet Wolfdog Journey! Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

If the thought of interacting with a wolflike creature makes your heart leap, meet wolfdog Journey!

Video by Linda Michaels, M.A., Del Mar Dog Trainer

Linda Michaels, “Dog Psychologist,” M.A./Psychology a Top Ten Rated U.S. Dog Trainer — Del Mar Dog Training, may be reached at 858.259.9663 (WOOF) or by email:  for private manners/obedience instruction and behavioral consultations near Del Mar and the San Diego Coast. Please visit us at  Linda is the creator of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs All rights reservedRead 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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