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It’s national take a hike day!

Posted by | Hiking, Let's Go, Local, Training | No Comments

We were so excited to find out that November 17th is National Take a Hike Day, or as we like to call it, National Take a Hike With Your Dog Day. Hiking was one of the first parts of our sports program because of the way it stimulates dogs, encourages exploration, and reduces stress. In honor of this day, we talked to Sports Leaders Cynthia and Chris to find out what it's like to hike dogs for a living and highlighted some of our favorite moments of the year. Why we hike Living in Los Angeles as we do, we...

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The Best Dog-Friendly Halloween Events in Los Angeles

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It might be easy to get into the Halloween spirit if you live in a place that has a traditional autumn. We're talking changing leaves, scarves and gloves, shorter days, and chillier nights. For those of us who live in Southern California, beautiful as it may be, we need more prompting to get into the groove. So we've compiled a list of all the cool things happening around Southern California (and beyond!) that will get you in a spooky mood!   Yappy Hours [caption id="attachment_10840" align="aligncenter" width="500"] source: brewtallyinsane.com[/caption] San Diego // Bow-Wow Beer Bash Craft beer, live music, photo booths,...

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How to pose your dog for a Howl-o-ween picture

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Unless your dog is Neville Jacobs, chances are they're hesitant to pose for a photo, especially if you've dressed them up in a Halloween costume. If this is your situation, you've come to the right place. We're here to walk you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to pose your dog for the perfect Howl-o-ween photo.  What you'll need: Your dog Costume options Treats Decorations Camera Before you even try to get your dog in a costume, set everything up. In our experience, it's not uncommon for dogs to try and squirm their way out of costumes. Make it easier on yourself by...

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Fitdog Five: The best Howl-o-ween costumes on the web

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It's that time of year, folks. We get to go all out dressing up our dogs and nobody can judge us, because, well, all the cool kids are doing it! Here at Fitdog, we get really excited about Halloween Howl-o-ween, so we've searched the web for some of our favorite costumes. Although it was nearly impossible to narrow down, we've chosen five of our favorites:   Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!  Who's not a sucker for some '80s nostalgia? As this film comes up on its 30th anniversary of release, we'd love to see some of these suave zombies strutting their stuff. This is a perfect costume for...

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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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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ 7th Annual Fitdog Howl-o-ween

7th Annual Fitdog Howl-o-ween

Posted by | Activities, DIY, Events, Food & Treats, Halloween, Holiday, Just Because, Tips & Tricks | 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 _ So Many Reasons To Love The Fall!

So many reasons to love the Fall!

Posted by | Activities, Adoption, Beach Excursions, Events, Halloween, Holiday, Just Because, Tips & Tricks, Travel | No Comments

Fall brings cooler weather, colorful leaves and the best doggy events of the year! Help support local pet rescues, watch dogs surf waves, and check out some Corgi butts on the beach. Surf Dog Competition – September 23 The McKenna Subaru Surf City Surf Dog is the world-famous premier event on the dog surfing circuit. The event is free to attend, so bring your whole family and enjoy a weekend of fun. We’ll have a tent at the competition on Saturday and can’t wait to see you there! Wiggle Waggle Walk – September 24 Join in at the 19th Annual...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ What Makes a Working Dog?

What makes a working dog?

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On Labor Day, we give thanks for all of the workers who have contributed to the well being of prosperity of our country. But we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the amazing contributions of our canine workers. Working dogs were bred to perform specific tasks to assist people.  Original jobs were focused around the acquisition and protection of food sources such as hunting, tracking, herding, and guarding. Today’s working dogs mostly perform life-saving tasks such as search & rescue, therapy and disability assistance, policing, patrolling, and military tasks. Ever wonder what your breed was originally bred for and...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Car Safety

Car safety

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Seatbelts are a must when it comes to driving or riding in a vehicle. However, what about your furry friend and fellow passenger? You can ensure your dog’s safety while allowing them autonomy in their seat with car safety harnesses, tethers or boosters. Things to consider when choosing the best vehicle restraint option for your dog: Car safety harnesses are the safest option for large dogs Tethers have a lower price point and are compatible with most harnesses Boosters are the safest choice for small dogs under 25 lbs. and are compatible with most harnesses Tethers and boosters should NEVER...

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