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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Give Your Pup The Best Summer

Give your pup the best summer

Posted by | Activities, Beach, Boarding, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Events, Featured In, Featured Partner, Fitdog Activities, Furball Friday, Hiking, Holiday, Just Because | No Comments

From beating the heat to going on an adventure, there are so many things we can do to make sure our dogs are having fun. Here are just a few of our favorite summer activities for dogs! Make a difference. We love Operation Blankets of Love! Help support them by attending their Mah Jongg event on Sunday, July 16! Or is a poker tournament more your thing? Help raise money at the 8th Annual Vice is Nice Animal Rescue Fundraiser on Saturday, July 29. Spend time with the whole family. Go get a mini photo session taken on Saturday, July...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Fitdog Five Dog Training Tips

Fitdog Five: dog training tips

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Get your pup started on the right paw with proper training! You want your dog to be the perfect canine citizen. Before you get them enrolled in an AKC Canine Good Citizen program and testing (by the way, did you know you could do so through Fitdog?!), be sure to set them up for success! Here is our first set of dog training tips. Reward immediately. Your dog won’t understand 5 minutes, let alone if you wait any longer, to reward them for good behavior. Be sure to reward them when the good behavior occurs to reinforce the habit. –...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ On & Off The Trail - Safety First _ Dog Hikes

On & off the trail – safety first

Posted by | Activities, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Fitdog Activities, Fitdog Runners Group, Furball Friday, Health, Hiking, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

We are honored that you trust us with your precious pooch. At Fitdog, we make sure your pups are not only having fun but that they are also practicing important skills to ensure the utmost safety while participating in activities. Here are the steps we take to ensure your dog is safe on the trail. All new dogs are required to attend our Come When Called training class to determine eligibility for off-leash activities – including our Canyon Hikes. This insures that your dog will respond to his or her name 100% of the time. This comes in handy when...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Dog Breed Fun Facts

Dog breed fun facts

Posted by | Behavior, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Just Because, Older Dogs, Puppy, Tips | No Comments

Not all dogs are what you expect! Here are some of our favorite facts that you may not know about your favorite pups! Did you know… Pitbulls / Pit Mixes are Terriers at heart! These dogs need lots of exercise Border Collies are ranked the most intelligent dog! German Shepherds were bred for herding and became the universal working dog Corgis were bred to herd cattle Chocolate labs are known to be more hyper than their yellow and black counterparts! Water sports reign supreme for Black & Yellow Labradors Terriers are truly tenacious King Charles Spaniels are a toy breed...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Protect Your Canines From Ticks

Protect your canines from ticks

Posted by | Activities, DIY, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Hiking, Home, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

We’ve seen more and more activity from ticks this year. Ticks are dangerous because complications associated with their bites are blood loss, anemia, paralysis, skin irritation or infection, and even more severe issues like Lyme disease. First and foremost, check your dog for ticks every day. Brush your fingers through their fur, applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Don’t forget to also check between your dog's toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head. If your dog, unfortunately, gets a tick, don’t fret. We have some of the easiest ways to get rid of ticks...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Some Dog Breeds Need More Than Daycare

Some breeds need more than daycare

Posted by | Activities, Beach, Behavior, Boarding, Daycare, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Hiking, Just Because, Running, Tips, Training, Well-Being | No Comments

Working dogs were built to expend energy, work long days, and solve problems. So while socializing in daycare with buddies is fun, dogs that are designed to herd farm animals, track big game, hunt and trap quarry, and carry heavy loads are looking for more to do. We’ve identified popular working breeds at Fitdog that we know are much happier (and less destructive) when given a diverse mix of activities and exercise. For these high energy, smart breeds, we recommend three to five sports outings or classes per week. Owners immediately notice a difference in their dog. Not only are...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ How To Have One Cool Pup _ Dog Cooling Vests

How to have one cool pup

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Gear, Health, Health Watch, Hiking, Home, Just Because, Older Dogs, Product of the Week, Puppy, Seasons, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

Summer months are always tough on our pets, but recent years have been brutal! Intense heat makes dogs more susceptible to overheating or suffering from heatstroke, and even burning their paw pads. Here are some of our favorite products and tips to beat the heat during hot summer months. Cooling Vests & Jackets Dogs don’t sweat like humans. As such, heat and humidity can raise canine temperatures to dangerous levels. For outdoor hikes and adventures, consider getting your pup a cooling vest. REI and Kurgo have a few options, but we also sell our favorite and most reliable brands at...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Puppy Immune Boosters

Puppy immune boosters

Posted by | Boarding, Daycare, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Fitdog Activities, Health, Health Watch, Just Because, Puppy, Well-Being | No Comments

Puppies, like babies and small children, have a sensitive and underdeveloped immune system. When a puppy’s immune system is compromised, the little one may become increasingly vulnerable to illness. A malfunctioning immune system in dogs can open the door to a host of diseases like infection, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. To ensure their health, we recommend young dogs to be on immune boosters. Our favorite is Nuvet. It really works! NuVet Plus is comprised of the highest quality human-grade ingredients that work in combination to maintain and improve your beloved animal's quality of life. With its precise combination of natural...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Solo-preneur or established company. What’s best for your dog’s care?

Solo-preneur or established company. What’s best for your dog’s care?

Posted by | Boarding, Daycare, Dog Care, Hiking, Home, Just Because, Overnight Boarding, Tips, Training, Well-Being | No Comments

We try to make the best decisions when it comes to our dogs. The biggest decision is who will we leave in charge of our precious pups when we can’t be there. Here is what you need to consider when determining who should take care of your dog when you can’t. Qualifications! Many people will claim their love of pets as their primary qualification. However, there is a big difference in loving dogs and truly knowing how to care for dogs. This includes implementing safety procedures, knowing about and being able to recognize health issues, and managing safe interactions. We...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Fitdog Sports Ready

Fitdog Sports Ready

Posted by | Activities, Beach, Behavior, Fitdog Activities, Fitdog Runners Group, Hiking, Just Because, Meet Our Trainers, Older Dogs, Running, Tips, Training | No Comments

Did you know?! Hikes are appropriate for dogs of all shapes and sizes!! But not all dogs have the recall skills needed to hit the trails and enjoy off-leash exploring. And, thus, an idea was born at Fitdog! Let’s combine the great workout of a hike, with awesome training and obedience skills! We are excited to share new Fitdog class for you and your pup! Jeff Soto, our longtime partner and dog trainer, is offering a cost-effective training session for sports dogs that need some additional training on the trail – called Fitdog Sports Ready. Fitdog Sports Ready will be...

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