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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ On & Off The Trail - Safety First _ Dog Hikes

On & off the trail – safety first

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We are honored that you trust us with your precious pooch. At Fitdog, we make sure your pups are not only having fun but that they are also practicing important skills to ensure the utmost safety while participating in activities. Here are the steps we take to ensure your dog is safe on the trail. All new dogs are required to attend our Come When Called training class to determine eligibility for off-leash activities – including our Canyon Hikes. This insures that your dog will respond to his or her name 100% of the time. This comes in handy when...

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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 _ Protect Your Canines From Ticks

Protect your canines from ticks

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We’ve seen more and more activity from ticks this year. Ticks are dangerous because complications associated with their bites are blood loss, anemia, paralysis, skin irritation or infection, and even more severe issues like Lyme disease. First and foremost, check your dog for ticks every day. Brush your fingers through their fur, applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Don’t forget to also check between your dog's toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head. If your dog, unfortunately, gets a tick, don’t fret. We have some of the easiest ways to get rid of ticks...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Some Dog Breeds Need More Than Daycare

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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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ How To Have One Cool Pup _ Dog Cooling Vests

How to have one cool pup

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Gear, Health, Health Watch, Hiking, Home, Just Because, Older Dogs, Product of the Week, Puppy, Seasons, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

Summer months are always tough on our pets, but recent years have been brutal! Intense heat makes dogs more susceptible to overheating or suffering from heatstroke, and even burning their paw pads. Here are some of our favorite products and tips to beat the heat during hot summer months. Cooling Vests & Jackets Dogs don’t sweat like humans. As such, heat and humidity can raise canine temperatures to dangerous levels. For outdoor hikes and adventures, consider getting your pup a cooling vest. REI and Kurgo have a few options, but we also sell our favorite and most reliable brands at...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Puppy Immune Boosters

Puppy immune boosters

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Puppies, like babies and small children, have a sensitive and underdeveloped immune system. When a puppy’s immune system is compromised, the little one may become increasingly vulnerable to illness. A malfunctioning immune system in dogs can open the door to a host of diseases like infection, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. To ensure their health, we recommend young dogs to be on immune boosters. Our favorite is Nuvet. It really works! NuVet Plus is comprised of the highest quality human-grade ingredients that work in combination to maintain and improve your beloved animal's quality of life. With its precise combination of natural...

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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 _ Health Watch: Overweight Dogs

Health watch: Overweight dogs

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Is my dog overweight? It is an important question to ask yourself because an estimated 54% of dogs in the U.S. are considered either overweight or obese. Unfortunately, many often mistake their dog's weight to be average or normal. Overweight and obese dogs are at risk for serious health issues like diabetes, joint damage, heart disease, a shorter life expectancy and more. From too many treats to access to too much food, there are several things that affect a dog's weight. How can you tell if your pup is considered overweight? Here are a few tests you can run to...

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