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7th Annual Fitdog Howl-o-ween

Posted by | Activities, DIY, Events, Fitdog Activities, Furball Friday, Halloween, Holiday, Home, Just Because, Puppy, Tips, Treats | No Comments

It’s that time of year again, Howl-o-ween! From Katy Perry to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Elsa to our favorite drinks, we LOVE seeing how creative you get with your pups’ costumes each year! Join us all of October by sharing your doggy Halloween costumes in our online photo contest! Starting Sunday, October 1, you can enter through the tab on our Facebook page, by using our Woobox contest page, or sharing a picture directly on your Facebook or Instagram account using @fitdogsportsclub and #fitdoghowloween17 in your caption. Don’t forget to tag us, too! The winner will receive a $100+ doggie goodie...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Fresh and Clean

Fresh and clean

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Furball Friday, Grooming, Health, Health Watch, Home, K9 Grillz, Older Dogs, Product of the Week, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

We brush our teeth and see a dentist for a minty-clean and sparkling smile, but do you pay enough attention to your dog’s mouth?! Dogs aren’t as prone to cavities as humans are, but that doesn’t mean cleaning their teeth should be avoided. Canines can develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis, which lead to dental diseases. These diseases result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss, not to mention, the bacteria under the gums can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver. We love the following teeth cleaning treats and toys because they’re not only good...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Would You Eat Dog Food?!

Would you eat dog food?!

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Dog Food, Food, Health, Home, Just Because, Product of the Week, Tips, Treats, Well-Being | No Comments

Let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered, “what does dog food taste like?” Or, better yet, “is that safe to eat?” While some dog food looks tasty, that doesn’t necessarily mean we should try it. Also, there are some dog foods are not safe or sanitary to consume. Here’s the scoop when it comes to dog food you could almost eat. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires that all animal foods, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled. Due the cooking process, once the dog kibble...

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Dog Sensory Overload

Sensory overload

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

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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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Dogs Don’t Like Hugs

Dogs don’t like hugs

Posted by | Behavior, Dog Facts, Home, Just Because, Older Dogs, Puppy, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

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 _ Protect Your Canines From Ticks

Protect your canines from ticks

Posted by | Activities, DIY, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Hiking, Home, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

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

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

Posted by | Boarding, Daycare, Dog Care, Hiking, Home, Just Because, Overnight Boarding, Tips, Training, Well-Being | No Comments

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 Club _ Dog Blog _ Best Dog-Friendly Brunch Spots in Santa Monica

Best dog-friendly brunch spots in Santa Monica and Los Angeles

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We have the most amazing weather in LA, so why not relish in it?! And, we all know that brunch is the best meal of the day! So, grab your favorite sunglasses, your pup’s harness, and enjoy brunch at one of Santa Monica and LA’s dog-friendly brunch spots! Ashland Hill With a fantastic menu and a big back patio that is basically dog heaven, you can’t go wrong at Ashland Hill! Blue Daisy Blue Daisy has amazing selections from delicious benedicts to their to-die-for crepes! You and your pup will have a fantastic time at their location near the beach...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Keeping Your Pup Out Of The Garden

Keeping your pup out of the garden

Posted by | Activities, Behavior, DIY, Dog Facts, Home, Just Because, Tips | No Comments

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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