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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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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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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 _ Dog Breed Fun Facts

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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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 _ Fitdog Sports Ready

Fitdog Sports Ready

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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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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ The Scoop On Poop

The Scoop on Poop!

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Have a dog and live in a dog-friendly neighborhood?  Think it’s okay to let your dog do his business anywhere and everywhere? We’re here to help you be a better neighbor and avoid being the target of complaints on the NextDoor app.  Here is the full scoop on the doggie doo-doo’s and don't's when it comes to #1 and #2. Pick it up Did they poop in a bush, at night when you can’t see, in the middle of someone’s lawn? Doesn’t matter. Pick it up. No matter where your dog goes or what you're doing, be sure to pick...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ How To Aid Your Aging Dog

How to aid your aging dog

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It’s not fun to think about, but your pup may no longer be the spritely canine he once was. When your dog has brought so much joy to your life, you only want to do what's best for him. Here are some tips to help ease the aging process for your older dog. Keep them active An active dog is a healthy dog. From playing with their furry BFFs to continuing their morning walks, try to keep your dog moving to help with their continued mobility. Provide supplements From their joints to skin, your dog may need additional nutrients not...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Keeping Your Pup Out Of The Garden

Keeping your pup out of the garden

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April showers bring May flowers. Flowers that you want to make sure aren’t destroyed by Fido! Whether you’re planting organic berries and herbs or fragrant florals, one thing you don’t want is your pup “helping.” To keep your garden safe, here are few ways to ensure your dog stays out. Create their own play area. Give your canine his own special place. Dig a hole and fill it with sand. By creating a sandbox and adding some toys, your pup won’t be interested in your garden because they will have their own place of entertainment! Spice things up. Around your...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ The Best Non-Stuffing Dog Toys

The best non-stuffing dog toys

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You love your dog. Your dog loves his or her toys. Or do they? You bring home a new stuffed toy and within 30 seconds, it’s destroyed! Dogs destroy toys for various reasons. Tearing up a toy reduces stress, ends boredom, and gives your dog a sense of accomplishment – even if that accomplishment means they have nothing to play with… Your dog could also be super smart with extra energy, which causes them to tear through toys faster than the speed of light! Give them a challenge that doesn’t require you picking up stuffing around your entire house with...

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