It's Pit Bull Awareness Month! [caption id="attachment_10850" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Fitdog Club Member Roxy. Photo by Angela Brittain, 2017.[/caption] It's no secret that pit bulls have gained an unfavorable rap through the years, but how accurate is their representation in the media and among people in general? History shows that these dogs went from being bred in the 19th century for farm herding and family companionship and then were appropriated for bull baiting and underground dog fighting rings. In the 20th century, they became the face of WWI America, and it just so happens that the most decorated dog veteran is a...Read More
It might be easy to get into the Halloween spirit if you live in a place that has a traditional autumn. We're talking changing leaves, scarves and gloves, shorter days, and chillier nights. For those of us who live in Southern California, beautiful as it may be, we need more prompting to get into the groove. So we've compiled a list of all the cool things happening around Southern California (and beyond!) that will get you in a spooky mood! Yappy Hours [caption id="attachment_10840" align="aligncenter" width="500"] source: brewtallyinsane.com[/caption] San Diego // Bow-Wow Beer Bash Craft beer, live music, photo booths,...Read More
Unless your dog is Neville Jacobs, chances are they're hesitant to pose for a photo, especially if you've dressed them up in a Halloween costume. If this is your situation, you've come to the right place. We're here to walk you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to pose your dog for the perfect Howl-o-ween photo. What you'll need: Your dog Costume options Treats Decorations Camera Before you even try to get your dog in a costume, set everything up. In our experience, it's not uncommon for dogs to try and squirm their way out of costumes. Make it easier on yourself by...Read More
It's that time of year, folks. We get to go all out dressing up our dogs and nobody can judge us, because, well, all the cool kids are doing it! Here at Fitdog, we get really excited about Halloween Howl-o-ween, so we've searched the web for some of our favorite costumes. Although it was nearly impossible to narrow down, we've chosen five of our favorites: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Who's not a sucker for some '80s nostalgia? As this film comes up on its 30th anniversary of release, we'd love to see some of these suave zombies strutting their stuff. This is a perfect costume for...Read More
Dogs might have the four-leg advantage over humans when it comes to exercise, but that doesn't mean they should be any less prepared for hiking than us. Getting your dog ready for their first hike can be simple and easy, and allowing them time to recoup afterward can be a relaxing experience for both of you. Before the Hike You wouldn't go on a hike without water or some protein-rich snacks, so why wouldn't you pack the same for your pup? Orijen makes great freeze-dried snacks that are made of 100% meat and easy to pack. Outward Hound makes a dog backpack...Read More
Back in August, Fitdog asked for your favorite dog breeds. The results are in, and maybe more surprising than you think! 1.Husky Coming from a tradition of pulling heavy sleds through vast tundra, huskies are an unlikely favorite among Southern Californians. Huskies are a magical breed, sharing genetic codes with ancient species of wolves. This breed is special because they are so closely related to the first dogs who were ever domesticated. 2. Pitbull The term "pitbull" is confusing because to most people it encompasses a few different breeds, including the American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terriers, and other bully breeds....Read More
A dog surf competition sounds incredible, right? And it was.
The McKenna Subaru Annual Surf City Surf Dog Competition® has been happening for nine years. To put that in perspective, it started before most of their competitors were even born. Every year, thousands of people gather at the Huntington Dog Beach to attend this free event, whether their dogs are surfing or not. There were a ton of community partners involved, such as Westie Rescue of Orange County and OC SPCA, as well as some of our favorite doggie brands, like Outward Hound!
This was the first time Fitdog was part of the event and had ever witnessed a live surf dog competition. What we found most interesting was that it was really hard to see the dogs surfing as every dog was surrounded by a sea of handlers. This got us wondering: how do you assure a dog’s safety with a sport as treacherous as surfing?
We talked to Dan Nykolayko, handler of Cherie the Surfing Frenchie (check out her Instagram here) about the safety precautions he takes for his dog, “most importantly, she never goes in the water without a life vest.” All of the dogs competing were required to wear life vests plus were closely watched by handlers and lifeguards as they rode in on the waves.
Despite having a bad wipeout at the beach last year, Dana Smolinski’s dog, Major, was back in the ranks to compete at this year’s event. She said the key to rehabilitating her pup was “not to coerce him into it. Especially recovering from the wipeout, we just build up slowly… He really lets you know when he wants to go out.” Taking it slowly and letting the dog lead was a common theme among the surf dog handlers. Dogs should never be forced to participate in any activity.
The surf competition was a day full of fun and excitement, but it was truly through the efforts of the handlers and lifeguards on duty that this event was safe and successful. Thanks to the participants and the partners of Huntington Beach Dog Beach, surfing is definitely a legitimate sport!
Do you have experience surfing with your dog? Or has your dog ever participated in a dog sport? Comment below!
It’s that time of year again, Howl-o-ween! From Katy Perry to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Elsa to our favorite drinks, we LOVE seeing how creative you get with your pups’ costumes each year! Join us all of October by sharing your doggy Halloween costumes in our online photo contest! Starting Sunday, October 1, you can enter through the tab on our Facebook page, by using our Woobox contest page, or sharing a picture directly on your Facebook or Instagram account using @fitdogsportsclub and #fitdoghowloween17 in your caption. Don’t forget to tag us, too! The winner will receive a $100+ doggie goodie...Read More
Fall brings cooler weather, colorful leaves and the best doggy events of the year! Help support local pet rescues, watch dogs surf waves, and check out some Corgi butts on the beach. Surf Dog Competition – September 23 The McKenna Subaru Surf City Surf Dog is the world-famous premier event on the dog surfing circuit. The event is free to attend, so bring your whole family and enjoy a weekend of fun. We’ll have a tent at the competition on Saturday and can’t wait to see you there! Wiggle Waggle Walk – September 24 Join in at the 19th Annual...Read More
We brush our teeth and see a dentist for a minty-clean and sparkling smile, but do you pay enough attention to your dog’s mouth?! Dogs aren’t as prone to cavities as humans are, but that doesn’t mean cleaning their teeth should be avoided. Canines can develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis, which lead to dental diseases. These diseases result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss, not to mention, the bacteria under the gums can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver. We love the following teeth cleaning treats and toys because they’re not only good...Read More