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Ginger

Life with a senior dog

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November has been designated as Adopt a Senior Pet Month, an initiative meant to bring awareness to older shelter pets who were surrendered by their previous owners. Studies cite age and breed type as two of the most important factors considered by potential adopters, and more often than not people will tend to adopt younger dogs over older ones. [caption id="attachment_11019" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Fitdog Club Member Ginger. Photo by Angela Brittain, 2017.[/caption] We spent a day with Ginger, a Fitdog members, and her mom, Noel, to talk about what life is like with a senior dog, and why more people should be...

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It’s time we change the dialogue on pit bulls

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It's Pit Bull Awareness Month! [caption id="attachment_10850" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Fitdog Club Member Roxy. Photo by Angela Brittain, 2017.[/caption] It's no secret that pit bulls have gained an unfavorable rap through the years, but how accurate is their representation in the media and among people in general? History shows that these dogs went from being bred in the 19th century for farm herding and family companionship and then were appropriated for bull baiting and underground dog fighting rings. In the 20th century, they became the face of WWI America, and it just so happens that the most decorated dog veteran is a...

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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 _ Big Dogs – A Growing Trend

Big dogs – a growing trend

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“Go big or go home” is what dog owners are saying today. The trend of owning larger dogs continues to grow. Some BIG facts: Dog ownership has grown 29% in the past decade About 37% of households own a larger breed of dog According to U.S. News, the three most popular dog breeds in America are big dogs – Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers The entertainment we enjoy also affects the pups we want to join our families with dog owners wanting wolf-like pups based on shows like Game of Thrones Like working dogs, big dogs need lots 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_Smooches 4 Pooches

Smooches 4 Pooches 2017

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We loved seeing everyone who attended this year’s Smooches 4 Pooches event! Thank you to our partners including Vetted PetCare, Weruva Super Luxe Pet Food, Metro Paws, Himalayan Chews, VCA Broadway and Santa Monica, The Lobos Truck, and Starbucks, who helped us have a fantastic Smooches 4 Pooches event! We are pleased to share that $500 was raised for Wags & Walks and FIVE dogs were adopted! Congratulations to all of the new Valentine’s!   There’s still time to find your forever love! Visit Wags & Walks’ website for adoptable dogs.

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Smooches 4 Pooches

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Love is in the air! Find your perfect match this Valentine’s Day with Fitdog Sports Club and Wags & Walks at our 2nd Annual Smooches 4 Pooches event! Join us on Saturday, February 11, 11 am – 3 pm to meet some of Wags & Walks’ adoptable pups! All funds raised will go towards the local rescue organization and their efforts to help dogs in Los Angeles. Get sloppy puppy kisses from Wags & Walks dogs in our smooches 4 pooches kissing booth and partake in our amazing raffles! Himalayan Chews, Vetted PetCare, WeRuVa, Metro Paws, and VCA Broadway and...

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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Holiday Adoption

Cutest gift, biggest commitment

Posted by | Activities, Adoption, Christmas, Events, Gifts, Holiday, Just Because, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

We get it!! The kids have been beggingggggggggg for a puppy for months upon months! Your girlfriend follows every adorable dog account on Instagram and is giving you “puppy eyes” as hints of what she wants under the tree. But, is getting (or giving) a dog at the holidays right for you!?  While it will make for one memorable gift-giving moment, it is all the other moments after we want you to consider! Did you know… The Helping Hands Humane Society sees about a 5 percent bump in admissions after the holidays from families who were overwhelmed. Three pets were...

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Fitdog Sports Club Blog _ Essential First Commands

Essential first commands

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It is important to start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. However, many new dog owners don’t know where to start. In our opinion, the essential first commands to teach your dog should are “yes”, “no”, “sit”, and his or her name. These provide a solid foundation for other training commands that are to come later on. When teaching commands, signals are everything. Signals can be anything from a sound or word, a hand gesture, a body posture or even a facial expression. For example, you can introduce the signal of your hand in a fist...

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Fitdog Sports Club Blog _ Bringing Your New Dog Home

Bringing your new dog home

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The first few days after bringing your new dog home are extremely exciting yet critical for your new pet. In these first few days, you will be establishing what the rest of your time together is like. Your dog needs structure in order to have a smooth transition. We suggest that as soon as you get your pup home, conduct your regular schedule of feeding, toileting and exercise or playtime. A regular schedule right away will make it easier for the whole family to adjust to life with a new dog in the home. Make sure children are not overwhelming...

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