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Angela Brittain


The five most common mistakes new pet owners make

Posted by | Adoption, Boarding, Featured Blogger, Grooming, Health, Health Watch, Wellness | No Comments

When you decide to bring a dog into your family, there are so many things to consider that it's no wonder that owners often skip a few important steps during the adoption process. Fitdog teamed up with Dr. Sabrina from Vetted Pet Care to highlight the five most common mistakes that we see at daycare and by veterinarians. Not asking for copies of the medical and vaccination records. You wouldn't drive a new car off the lot without getting the title first. The same thing goes for getting a new dog. Make sure you ask your shelter, breeder, or rescue group for...

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Southern California Fires

HEALTH WATCH: Southern California Fires

Posted by | Health, Health Watch, Safety, Wellness | No Comments

As fires spread throughout Southern California, the air quality in the Los Angeles area is being seriously affected.  Not to mention the significant amount of ash and debris falling from the sky. At Fitdog, we're taking certain preventative measures to promote the health and safety of our dogs and are advising you do too! Here are some tips to keep your pup safe. Have plenty of fresh water for both you and your dog. The fires have caused a rapid decline in humidity (only 7%), so dehydration is a serious risk during this time. Stay indoors as much as possible. Until the quality of the...

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8 days of dog Hanukkah presents

8 days of Hanukkah gifts for your dog

Posted by | Gifts, Holiday | No Comments

If there's a special dog in your life expecting a visit from Hanukkah Harry this year, then you've come to the right place. Below is a list of 8 adorable Hanukkah gifts made especially for pups. These yarmulkes from Handmade Monster are perfect for holiday gatherings. The yarmulke attaches with a string at the bottom of the chin and includes curls so dogs can have their very own peyot. 2. Hop on the famjam trend and match your dog's cool new Hanukkah jammies! These warm fleece pajamas will make for the coziest winter nights. Up your cuddle game ten-fold with this sweet gift....

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Mac Fitdog of the month

Meet Mac! Our Fitdog of the Month for December 2017

Posted by | Fitdog of the Month, Sincerely, Fitdog, Spotlight | No Comments

For December 2017, we're honoring Mac, a sporty and energetic yellow lab who is always up for a fun adventure with our sports pack. On the trail, he and Penny C. are thick as thieves. When he's not at the beach or on a hike, Mac loves to wrestle and play tag on the yard with his friends. Mac's best daycare friends include Tenby, Luna, Annie, Roscoe, and Murray. Mac also loves to play in the ball pit. Mac has been a member of Fitdog for just over a year and has nuzzled his way into the hearts of our club...

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The ultimate pet travel checklist

Posted by | Travel, Wellness | No Comments

Traveling solo might be a breeze for the avid vacationer but adding a dog into the mix can be problematic if you're not prepared. Since traveling around the holidays can be more stressful (but it's the most wonderful time of the year, right?) we put together a list of the essential items, so you and your dog can have smooth and abundant travels! Reservations One of the most frequent mistakes we see is when owners wait until the last minute to book their dog's holiday staycation. While some travel websites recommend booking your hotel a month before departure, the holidays...

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Grooming for holiday pictures

Posted by | Grooming, Holiday | No Comments

If your pup is making an appearance in this year's holiday card, chances are you'll want them groomed beforehand to have them looking their best. With everything going on around the holidays, getting your pet groomed and ready is just another stress. So we put together a check list to make the experience easy-peasy! Timing is everything Reserving your appointment Don't wait until the last minute to schedule your dog's groom. Around the holidays, our groomer is especially busy due to heightened social engagement. We recommend calling to schedule your groom anywhere between 7 to 10 days before your desired appointment...

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Fitdog Five Cyber Monday

Fitdog Five: The best Cyber Monday deals of 2017

Posted by | Fitdog Five, Gifts, Holiday, Seasonal | No Comments

We've searched the web for the best Cyber Monday deals for dogs and dog owners alike. From food sales to adorable handmade gifts, we found a range of deals that will help you stock up on winter essentials! 1. If your pup is looking to upgrade their collar game, Fidos Fashion Collars have discounted nearly their entire shop full of collars and bowties. These laser-engraved collars are custom made for the most dapper dogs, making them the perfect gift for holiday photos and gatherings. 2. The quite adorable Handmade Monster is offering free shipping on Cyber Monday. Based in Long Beach, this shop has the sweetest...

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Why we’re thankful for dogs

Posted by | Spotlight, Thanksgiving | 2 Comments

At Fitdog, we're extremely grateful to have dogs in our life. Working with animals every day is challenging, uplifting, comforting, and so much more. We wouldn't want it any other way. We asked some of our staff why they're thankful for dogs. Here's what they had to say:     From all of us at Fitdog, have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember to give thanks to your dogs and loved ones this holiday season!

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It’s national take a hike day!

Posted by | Hiking, Let's Go, Local, Training | No Comments

We were so excited to find out that November 17th is National Take a Hike Day, or as we like to call it, National Take a Hike With Your Dog Day. Hiking was one of the first parts of our sports program because of the way it stimulates dogs, encourages exploration, and reduces stress. In honor of this day, we talked to Sports Leaders Cynthia and Chris to find out what it's like to hike dogs for a living and highlighted some of our favorite moments of the year. Why we hike Living in Los Angeles as we do, we...

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Photo Credit: Syd Wachs

The ultimate guide to a dog-friendly Thanksgiving

Posted by | Food & Treats, Holiday, Recipes, Seasonal, Thanksgiving | No Comments

If you're expecting any four-legged guests at your Thanksgiving gathering, you can easily create a pet-friendly spread that ensures everyone is included in the festivities. We've compiled the best dog-friendly Thanksgiving recipes and tips from around the web to make your Thanksgiving pet-inclusive.   [caption id="attachment_11038" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo by Andrew Pons. source: [/caption] Veggies Gourds are a staple of any winter feast, and they are generally dog-friendly. Some people advise staying away from the Japanese Kabocha squash, claiming dogs can get sick if they eat too much of it. Sweet potatoes are super nutritional for dogs. If any of your dishes...

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