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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: unsplash.com [/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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Ginger

Life with a senior dog

Posted by | Adoption, Sincerely, Fitdog, Spotlight | No Comments

November has been designated as Adopt a Senior Pet Month, an initiative meant to bring awareness to older shelter pets who were surrendered by their previous owners. Studies cite age and breed type as two of the most important factors considered by potential adopters, and more often than not people will tend to adopt younger dogs over older ones. [caption id="attachment_11019" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Fitdog Club Member Ginger. Photo by Angela Brittain, 2017.[/caption] We spent a day with Ginger, a Fitdog members, and her mom, Noel, to talk about what life is like with a senior dog, and why more people should be...

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Ragu Blog

Meet Ragu! Our Fitdog of the Month for November 2017

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For November 2017, we are honoring Ragu, a spunky, independent Brussels/Schnauzer mix whose lovable spirit is incredibly uplifting. When Ragu first came to Fitdog in 2015, she was really nervous about being separated from her mom. Since then, Ragu has come into her own and now rules the yard. As a lady who knows what she wants, Ragu can often be found playing Queen of the Mountain with Ike and Rudi so she can keep an eye on all her daycare mates, and make eyes at her favorite employee, Will. When Ragu wants a change of scenery, she hangs out with the front desk Club Coordinators and makes...

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7th Annual Fitdog Howl-o-ween

And the Howl-o-ween winner is…

Posted by | Halloween, Sincerely, Fitdog | No Comments

[caption id="attachment_10950" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Congratulations to Kimchi, our contest winner![/caption]   Thank you to everyone who entered our #fitdoghowloween17 photo contest! We had an amazing turnout with so many adorable costume pics. Thankfully it isn't up to us who will win! The top five is selected by you based on the number of likes on Instagram & Woobox and the winner is randomly selected from the group of finalists.   And the winner is . . . Kimchi, the sushi!   Kimchi is a member of our daycare Club where she loves to romp around with her fellow corgis or...

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Los Angeles Dog Training

The difference between obedience and behavioral training

Posted by | Behavior, Spotlight, Tips & Tricks, Training | No Comments

With so many types of training programs available to dog owners, it can be difficult to decide which kind of program is best for you and your pup. There are programs specialized to unravel years of behavioral issues, others meant to socialize dogs, and there are those that simply teach your dog how to high-five and roll over. If you've enrolled your dog in a training program and found the results were less than satisfactory, it may be because the type of training program wasn't suited for your dog's needs. Training Options Overview There are a couple different options when it...

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Dogs on Halloween

Keep your dog stress-free on Halloween

Posted by | Halloween, Recipes, Safety, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Take a list of all the things dogs hate: constant doorbell ringing, people in disguise, chocolate, loud noises, and strangers at the door. Now, put that all into one holiday. Sound familiar? If your dog is one of the many, MANY dogs who freak out on Halloween, you may find these resources helpful:   [caption id="attachment_10879" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A reluctant Bentley let us dress him up as a Woolly Mammoth[/caption] Be Prepared. Get ready for the big night with PetMD's list of 10 safety tips to take on Halloween night to ensure your pet's safety and well-being. Dog-friendly Treats. "Munchkins...

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It’s time we change the dialogue on pit bulls

Posted by | Adoption, Just Because | 2 Comments

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...

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The Best Dog-Friendly Halloween Events in Los Angeles

Posted by | Activities, Events, Halloween, Holiday | No Comments

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,...

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Banana dog costume

How to pose your dog for a Howl-o-ween picture

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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...

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