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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Risky Business For Pet Parents

Risky business for pet parents

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We all know there are certain things we do that may not be the best for our pets (that occasional bite of table scraps). But did you know those little bad habits can mean serious health risks for your dog?  Here are a few risky behaviors to identify and stop for the health of our furry best friends. Not properly socializing new pets Veterinarians and dog trainers are at odds when it comes to the right age to socialize puppies. Most veterinarians want owners to wait until dogs are fully vaccinated and have a stronger immune system. While trainers recommend...

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_How Not To Get Discouraged From Potty Training

How not to get discouraged from potty training

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We all know how difficult it can be potty training your pup! It’s easy to get discouraged, or even want to give up! But, don’t! Here are some tips to help you get through potty training. Don’t panic if pups regress in their training Everyone goes through it. Remember you are dealing with the equivalent of a two-year-old child. It could be a good long while before your puppy is completely reliable. There's nothing more you can do but be patient and kind. And keep lots of cleaner handy. Notice the signs and be quick on your feet Your pup...

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Meet Our Trainers - Jeff Soto

Meet our trainers: Jeff Soto

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We at Fitdog take the highest regard for the training of your dogs. From basic puppy training to behavioral modification, we want you to meet and KNOW the individuals behind our fantastic training programs. First up, we are excited to introduce you to Jeff, one of our fantastic trainers at Fitdog! Jeff Soto has been training dogs for 11 years and has always had a strong connection and ability to communicate with animals. Growing up, he had dogs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, birds, iguanas, turtles -- you name it! He currently has two rescues, an Argentine Dogo named Lucky and a...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Essential Oils For You And Your Pup

Essential oils for you and your pup

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Have you been hearing all about essential oils but not sure what all the hype is about? Or, are you a die hard, and have a diffuser at home, in the car, and at work?! At Fitdog, we are big fans of essential oils and all their amazing uses! Fill your diffuser and roller balls with lavender for its calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension. Lemon and lemongrass offer cleansing and purifying benefits. Eucalyptus and peppermint oils can be used to cleanse surfaces and the air & to help promote feelings of relaxation...

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Walking Without Fear

Walking without fear

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Walking your pup daily is a must and is meant to be an enjoyable activity for both you and your dog.  But for some dog owners, it’s a stressful and overwhelming experience. Unchecked behavioral issues, such as barking, lunging or excessive leash pulling, can make a one block loop feel like a hundred miles of dread. At Fitdog, we have heard many stories of owners avoiding humans and dogs by taking obscure walking routes, walking at odd times of day, or having to constantly cross the street.  After trying a dozen leashes, reading every article on Cesar Milan, and attending...

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Working Parents Guide To Fitdog Training Programs

Working parents guide to Fitdog training programs

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Fitdog Sports Club is here to help with all of your doggy training and behavioral concerns. Is your pup jumping on people? Experiencing separation anxiety? Or pulling on leash? Our training programs are designed to produce results and are available when you are at work or busy. We have anything from a comprehensive board and train program to weekly drop-off classes. Come When Called This drop off class trains your dog for off-leash activities, like Canyon Hikes and Beach Excursions. It is perfect for puppies or for dogs that may need a refresher before their next activity. However, for first-time...

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Why Doggy Daycare Can Wait (For a Little Bit)

Why doggy daycare can wait (for a little bit)

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Did you get a new puppy over the holidays? Thinking about doggy daycare? Even when your puppy has met all of the daycare requirements, starting daycare too soon can be detrimental for young dogs, especially puppies under the age of 6 months. Here are the top reasons people rush into daycare, why you may want to wait, and puppy friendly alternatives. Socialization. One of the common reasons people bring their dogs to daycare is that they want their dog to be socialized. It’s true. Daycare is very social. There are lots of dogs to socialize with. Why you should wait....

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Barking Around The Christmas Tree

Barking around the Christmas tree

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When it comes to holiday traditions like holiday parties, opening presents from Santa Claus or a big dinner celebration, your furry best friend wants in on the action. How best to include your four-legged friend? Easy! Dogs know when they are being left out, so make sure your dog has a present under the tree and a stocking filled with goodies so he can sniff and tear through his gifts the same time as you! We love the “Grizzly Grey Bar" cuddle toy or an “Incredible Stalk” fetching stick from DOOG. Himalayan Dog Chews are made from real cow’s and...

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5 Reasons To Crate Train Your Pup | Fitdog Sports Club

5 reasons to crate train your pup

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On the fence on whether or not to crate train your dog? Let us share our 5 awesome reasons why crate training will make your life easier and your dog’s life better. It’s instinctual. Ever notice Fido hiding underneath furniture and bedding or some other small confining place where they don’t fit. This is because dogs are den animals. Puppies spend their first few weeks in a den with their mother and learn that dens are a safe, clean place to live. It is also the natural place dogs go to seek refuge. In the modern world, dogs will seek...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ The Importance of Recall Training

The importance of recall training

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Having reliable recall is one of the most important basic obedience skills, but it is also one of the hardest skills to teach for owners. And on top of it being difficult, it’s not fun for owners to teach. Why is recall so important? Safety. Having the ability to call your dog to you can prevent a number of dangerous and life threatening situations such as being hit by a car, running away, roaming off-trail, approaching an aggressive dog, interacting with wildlife, engaging in dog fights at the dog park, and more. To make sure all dogs have this important...

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