Behavior

It’s Time We Change the Dialogue on Pit Bulls

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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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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Big Dogs – A Growing Trend

Big dogs – a growing trend

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“Go big or go home” is what dog owners are saying today. The trend of owning larger dogs continues to grow. Some BIG facts: Dog ownership has grown 29% in the past decade About 37% of households own a larger breed of dog According to U.S. News, the three most popular dog breeds in America are big dogs – Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers The entertainment we enjoy also affects the pups we want to join our families with dog owners wanting wolf-like pups based on shows like Game of Thrones Like working dogs, big dogs need lots and...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ What Makes a Working Dog?

What makes a working dog?

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On Labor Day, we give thanks for all of the workers who have contributed to the well being of prosperity of our country. But we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the amazing contributions of our canine workers. Working dogs were bred to perform specific tasks to assist people.  Original jobs were focused around the acquisition and protection of food sources such as hunting, tracking, herding, and guarding. Today’s working dogs mostly perform life-saving tasks such as search & rescue, therapy and disability assistance, policing, patrolling, and military tasks. Ever wonder what your breed was originally bred for and...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Car Safety

Car safety

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Seatbelts are a must when it comes to driving or riding in a vehicle. However, what about your furry friend and fellow passenger? You can ensure your dog’s safety while allowing them autonomy in their seat with car safety harnesses, tethers or boosters. Things to consider when choosing the best vehicle restraint option for your dog: Car safety harnesses are the safest option for large dogs Tethers have a lower price point and are compatible with most harnesses Boosters are the safest choice for small dogs under 25 lbs. and are compatible with most harnesses Tethers and boosters should NEVER...

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Sensory overload

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Like it or not, it’s mankind’s world, and dogs are just living in it. In an urban environment, dogs are exposed daily to loads of auditory and visual stimulation that may be overwhelming. You may not even know that your dog is stressed or irritated by these stimuli! Here are some potential signs that your dog is experiencing a sensory overload: Being in a constant state of alert Barking frequently at noises Hard time calming down after exposure Constant licking Pacing Panting Trouble sleeping Hyperactivity Compulsive behaviors So, what can you do to help your dog adapt to an urban...

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training

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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Some breeds need more than daycare

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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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