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pets in the park


dbf is so proud to be sponsoring hermosa beach's "pets in the park."


this beloved program has been a local favorite and is growing. if your pet needs a checkup or vaccination, the concierge mobile animal hospital will be offering discounted shots- no appointment necessary. if you haven’t registered your pet with the city, you will have the opportunity to get them licensed with no penalty. the esteemed dr. alice villalobos will be on hand to share her pet-etiquette tips with you. behavioral problems or new puppy that needs some training? we will have some of the best trainers in the south bay happy to share pointers and lead your pup towards the path of excellent canine citizenship. if you are looking for a companion, on-site adoptions for cats, dogs and bunnies will be available. we are thrilled that the peter zippi foundation, gone to the dogs rescue, golden retriever rescue of greater los angeles and too many bunnies will participating in the event. we hope you join us for a fun-filled morning. family pets are welcome!


*there will be lots of dogs/people in attendance, so if your pup is shy/fearful, please leave them at home, with a yummy bone. plan on picking up a special treat for them at the event;)*

saturday, april 16th
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

valley park, 2521 valley drive, hermosa beach

on site registraion (no online registration provided)


yappy hour at pet foods market manhattan beach

please join rebecca/dbf at pet foods market in manhattan beach, the fourth friday of every month, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. we''ll be there giving free training tips, and just saying "hello."


pet foods market will be giving out:

  • free pupitizers
  • free puppy training tips
  • free appetizers
  • free drinks
  • free goodie bags from beauty collections, our local cosmetics store


bring your friendly furry friend, and come join the fun!


it's all free!

held the fourth friday of every month
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

pet foods market
1816 no. sepulveda blvd.
manhattan beach, ca 90266

what to expect when you're expecting...a puppy! webinar

what to expect when you're expecting...a puppy! was created for anyone planning on or considering taking the leap into puppy parenthood.

in this 2-hour webinar, we will discuss not only the joys of being a puppy parent, but the extreme challenges that bringing a fluff ball into your home can bring.

we'll talk about:

  • selecting a puppy (both from rescue groups and breeders)
  • pre-puppy preparation
  • the first day home
  • house/crate training
  • puppy nipping
  • puppy development stages
  • the importance of proper puppy socialization
  • how compassion and patience are required in order to raise a happy, healthy puppy

rebecca mandell started dog's best friend in 2004 when she became increasingly alarmed by the physically and emotionally damaging methods utilized by many dog trainers.

as a positive reinforcement dog trainer, rebecca believes in training dogs with compassion and understanding, helping to build the bond between dogs and humans, so the dogs do what we ask of them because they want to, not because they are frightened or intimidated.

rebecca was voted "best dog trainer" in the 2012 south bay locals' choice awards. she is a long time resident of hermosa beach, alongside her husband, corey, and two rascals, rusty and cooper.


new workshops with chirag patel

after our wildly successful practical puppy training instructors' course (watch what happened) with animal training and behaviour consultant chirag patel, we are planning two new workshops for dog trainers and pup parents in october: a 2-day seminar on aggression and a 5-night workshop on pet handling.


whether you have a keen interest in dog training, are working on setting up your own dog training classes or are already teaching and want to develop your ideas further, these workshops will be perfect for you.


join our interest list for updates!

chirag is an animal training and behaviour consultant who lives in london. he teaches workshops for trainers, veterinary staff and owners internationally and consults for kong in the uk and europe, as well as guide dogs for the blind, uk. chirag works with a wide a range of animals including dogs, cats, birds, sloths, apes and reptiles.

he holds a bsc (hons) in veterinary science from the royal veterinary college, london and a post-graduate certificate in clinical animal behaviour from the university of lincoln. chirag has completed internships under jean donaldson and ian dunbar.