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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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Fitdog hikes for your dog

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Hikes are perfect for all dogs! Each pup benefits from being outdoors and getting in a great exercise with their Fitdog friends and trainers. But are you worried your dog can’t take it? Trust us, they can! Fitdog Sports now offers both Canyon Hikes and Low Impact Hikes so you can select the best option for your pup! Canyon Hikes Canyon Hikes are from 9 am – 1 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our Fitdogs go on a 4 to 6-mile hike in the Santa Monica Mountains during our Canyon Hikes. They are great for active pups and basic...

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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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What to do when your dog goes missing

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Whether it’s for five minutes, five days or five weeks, one of the worst feelings is when your dog goes missing. You never think it can happen to you until it’s too late. We want to make sure you are taking all of the right precautionary steps and doing the right things should you have a lost dog. Things to do ahead of time: Microchipping – Did you know that it’s against the law in some cities to euthanize a pet who has been microchipped, even if it is not claimed! Many websites allow you to register your pup’s microchip...

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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 _ 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_Why Dental Cleanings Are A Must For Your Pup

Why dental cleanings are a must for your pup

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Imagine not brushing your teeth or going to the dentist - ever. Besides stinky breath, you’d be at risk for dental diseases like gingivitis, cavities, plaque and tartar buildup. When your pup doesn’t get dental care, the same is true! We know it’s not the easiest task to try to brush your dog’s teeth, but it is necessary to take care of your pup’s pearly whites. Avoiding teeth brushings can lead to health issues especially if the bacteria associated with dental decay get into your pet’s bloodstream. The bacteria can cause issues with your pet’s heart, kidneys, and joints. Regular...

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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 _ Featured Partner: Vetted PetCare

Featured Partner: Vetted PetCare

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This week we are so excited to have our partner, Vetted PetCare, stop by to provide you with some awesome advice on choosing a veterinarian for new and existing pet parents. From Vetted: It is important to do your research in order to select the best doctor for your needs. However, for new pet parents, it can be difficult and a little overwhelming to find the information you need to make an informed choice. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, research, to determine a good fit for you. When choosing a doctor, avoid making these 5 mistakes:  1) Cost: Expensive...

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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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