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How to prepare for your dog’s first hike

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Dogs might have the four-leg advantage over humans when it comes to exercise, but that doesn't mean they should be any less prepared for hiking than us. Getting your dog ready for their first hike can be simple and easy, and allowing them time to recoup afterward can be a relaxing experience for both of you. Before the Hike You wouldn't go on a hike without water or some protein-rich snacks, so why wouldn't you pack the same for your pup? Orijen makes great freeze-dried snacks that are made of 100% meat and easy to pack. Outward Hound makes a dog backpack...

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Give your pup the best summer

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From beating the heat to going on an adventure, there are so many things we can do to make sure our dogs are having fun. Here are just a few of our favorite summer activities for dogs! Make a difference. We love Operation Blankets of Love! Help support them by attending their Mah Jongg event on Sunday, July 16! Or is a poker tournament more your thing? Help raise money at the 8th Annual Vice is Nice Animal Rescue Fundraiser on Saturday, July 29. Spend time with the whole family. Go get a mini photo session taken on Saturday, July...

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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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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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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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How to have one cool pup

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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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Solo-preneur or established company. What’s best for your dog’s care?

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We try to make the best decisions when it comes to our dogs. The biggest decision is who will we leave in charge of our precious pups when we can’t be there. Here is what you need to consider when determining who should take care of your dog when you can’t. Qualifications! Many people will claim their love of pets as their primary qualification. However, there is a big difference in loving dogs and truly knowing how to care for dogs. This includes implementing safety procedures, knowing about and being able to recognize health issues, and managing safe interactions. We...

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Fitdog Sports Ready

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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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Rattlesnake awareness

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We love hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors with our dogs. As the weather warms up, and we are outside more with our dogs, we need to be mindful of rattlesnakes! Dogs’ instincts tell them to approach snakes, but it is an owner's responsibility to keep their dog out of harm's way. Rattlesnakes are known to be most active in warmer weather. From April to September, they can be encountered at any point when in their natural habitat, which includes beach areas, the foothills, mountains, canyons, deserts, and even some urban surroundings. Once bitten, snake venom, a sophisticated mixture of...

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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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