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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

Posted by | Activities, Beach, Behavior, Fitdog Activities, Fitdog Runners Group, Hiking, Just Because, Meet Our Trainers, Older Dogs, Running, Tips, Training | No Comments

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

Posted by | Behavior, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Just Because, Older Dogs, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

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

Posted by | Activities, Behavior, Dog Facts, Gear, Just Because, Product of the Week, Tips, Toys | No Comments

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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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Vetted PetCare Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in dogs by Vetted PetCare

Posted by | Behavior, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Featured Blogger, Featured Partner, Health, Home, Tips, Training, Vet Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

Did you know that dogs express stress in various ways? From panting or shaking to aggression and excessive barking, these are all different ways your pup may display their anxiety. This week we are so excited to have our partner, Vetted PetCare, share some pawesome tips on how to prevent your dog from developing separation anxiety! Here are 5 Tips and Tricks to prevent separation anxiety. Avoid an over enthusiastic greeting when entering your home. Greeting your dog with an excited and high pitched tone only encourages a hyperactive state. Take your pup for a walk before you go. A...

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Jumping

Puppy problems: jumping

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The truth is at first, all puppies jump. It’s our duty as responsible dog owners to fix this behavior so that it doesn’t become a problem. Just like your pup sniffs a new dog’s face when they meet, they want to sniff yours! Since we’re so much larger than they are, they think they need to jump to greet us and grab our attention. Most of the time dogs jump up because their humans have taught them to jump up. A small, fluffy, excited jumping puppy is one thing, cute even. But what happens when they are bigger, older and...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog_ Meet Our Trainers: Rhonda Feinberg

Meet our trainers: Rhonda Feinberg

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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. Last post, we introduced you to Jeff, now we’re excited for you to meet Rhonda – another one of our fantastic Fitdog trainers! Rhonda has been training dogs for 16 years! She studied animal behavior in college and after she got married and raised her son, she brought home 2 mini Schnauzers, who started her dog training career. Rhonda has a mentor that she has worked...

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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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