Top 10 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Dog Part II. Linda Michaels, M.A., — Del Mar Dog Training

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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. Extra gentle handling and kind attention from a carefully chosen, knowledgeable groomer will help your dog enjoy the visit.

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7. The Gentle Dental

Polish those gorgeous pearly whites! While an anesthesia-free gentle dental procedure cannot match a complete, deep cleaning and oral exam given under anesthesia by your skilled vet tech or speciality veterinarian, neither does it pose the inherent dangers of anesthesia. Experienced practitioners work closely with veterinarians.

8. Environmental Enhancement

Indoors and out, your dog needs both mental and physical stimulation in order to thrive. From interactive toys to re-landscaping your yard in order to create a more natural dog-friendly space where your dog can run, jump, dodge, and perhaps even dig, there are a great variety of options that can provide novelty in your dog’s environment and make life more interesting and enjoyable for her. Check out “Landscaping for Dogs” at

9. Chewing. Most dogs love to chew. It’s a natural canine behavior. Satisfy your dog’s craving to chew with a safe (100% edible or 100% indestructible) chew item or food toy. A safe chew toy or bone can keep your dog happy, contented and stress-free for a long while and free you up to take care of the guests.

Don’t forget that cooked turkey or other meat bones splinter and can get caught in the throat or tear the stomach and intestinal linings.

10. Sanctuary. During the bustling Holiday Season, be sure to provide an adequate sanctuary for your dog that is quiet and safe. Too much excitement can lead to unwanted behavior and accidents. You dog will fare much better if she has a designated spot to get away from it all and de-stress. A nice “nook and cranny” type open door crate with a blanket thrown over the top side with a decent view in the corner of the living room, for example, will allow your dog to relax and nap when needed and still feel like part of the family. The dogs are, after all, depending on you to make the wise choices for them.

For those dogs less fortunate than your own, you may want to give a donation or help an orphaned dog through a local breed-specific rescue group or shelter. We urge you to adopt for the holidays, foster or give to the more unfortunate dogs in whatever way you can this season.

Giving is inherently rewarding, so you can you feel good about finding some special way to say “Thanks Buddy” to your year-round best friend while at the same time contributing to his overall well-being and happiness. What’s on your dog’s wish list?

We’d love you to share your favorite “Thank You” story, comedy or idea right here. Please do!
Warmest Woofs,

Learn more about pet parent problem-solving, teaching classes, and private consultations in the Do No Harm Dog Training Manual.

Dog Training Manual Do No Harm Force Free Positive tranier san diego del marThe Do No Harm™ Dog Training Manual was designed as my own personal guide for teaching basic manners classes, and evolved into a reference manual for my private behavior consultations. Created as a practical guide for either or both training formats, it is also helpful for pet parents who want an inside look at dog training and behavior, as well as for those who seek force-free solutions for specific problems. Written with love for the “heartbeats at our feet”. You can purchase and download the PDF ebook dog training manual here.

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.WOOF (9663) or by email: for private manners/obedience instruction and behavioral consultations near Del Mar and the San Diego Coast. Please visit us at  All rights reserved.


Originally published RanchCoastNews, Lorine Wright, Executive Editor.


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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