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Fitdog Five: dog training tips

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We can’t emphasize enough the importance of properly training your pup!   You remember our previous “Fitdog Five” blog post on best practices for dog training. Here is the next set of tips and tricks to add to your arsenal!  Keep commands short and uncomplicated  Make sure you have suitable training equipment such as treats, toys, clicker trainers, and appropriately sized leashes  Use positive reinforcement by rewarding desired responses then gradually requiring more from your dog  When your dog is learning something new, give him a reward every time he does it  Know what type of rewards your dog responds to...

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Signs your dog is stressed

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You may think your dog is living a carefree life, but don’t be fooled! Dogs experience stress just like their owners do, although they express it differently.  There are some telltale signs that your dog is experiencing stress, discomfort or intolerance when being hugged or during other interactions.   His mouth is closed and ridged. When dogs are happy, they have a relaxed jaw and breath with their mouth open. Breathing rhythm is quick and short, referred to as "stress panting." Stress panting can sometimes look as though your dog is smiling and happy.  When in fact, it is an acute...

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Sustainable dog products that give back

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Feel good about where your funds are going when you buy products for your furry friend. Here are some of our faves!  RC Pets has launched Wooly Wonks (which we already carry). They help Nepalese women to earn a living and support their families and their future.  Here is the whole story.   Himalayan Dog Chews also has a new product line called Loom, which produces toys made by women who are working out of their way of situations of abuse, abandonment or lack of education in Nepal.  Solid Manufacturing & Co. and Lucy & Co. have teamed up to make...

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Sick dogs should stay at home

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From interacting with new dogs to spending time in different locations, dogs can get sick for various reasons. We know to stay home when we’re sick, but we need to understand that it’s the same for pups. It is important to know what a communicable disease is and what the signs or symptoms are that may require giving your dog a day off or bringing them to the vet.    If your dog has any of the following symptoms, it’s best to skip daycare for a day to find out if it’s serious.   Super sleepy in the morning – Does...

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SuperZoo 2017

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We were thrilled to attend SuperZoo 2017 in Las Vegas! From the latest news to fantastic new products, we can’t wait to share everything with you!     Our favorites  Some of our favorite companies, from Orijen & Acana (who just pulled out of Chewy.com!) to MetroPaws, at SuperZoo! Ono took their technology from their EZ Plate for kids to create a new feeding system for dogs. Super heroes   The Super Hero trend did not skip the pet industry! We loved seeing Super Hero themed collars, toys & more! Teeth cleaning toys & treats   We saw a lot of vendors were...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Dogs Don’t Like Hugs

Dogs don’t like hugs

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Children (and adults) often want to show affection and love to their canine companions by giving their pup lots of hugs and kisses.  Did you know that dogs don’t like hugs? In fact, hugs and close (unwanted) contact can result in uncomfortable interactions for your dog. Our behaviors as humans sometimes do not translate to our animal friends. Dogs perceive hugs as a form of dominance. When your child or you hug your dog, you are telling your dog that you are trying to control and dominate them. Teaching your child how to properly interact with your dog can be life-saving....

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Give your pup the best summer

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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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On & off the trail – safety first

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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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Dog breed fun facts

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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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