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Fitdog Five: dog training tips

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We can’t emphasize enough the importance of properly training your pup!   You remember our previous “Fitdog Five” blog post on best practices for dog training. Here is the next set of tips and tricks to add to your arsenal!  Keep commands short and uncomplicated  Make sure you have suitable training equipment such as treats, toys, clicker trainers, and appropriately sized leashes  Use positive reinforcement by rewarding desired responses then gradually requiring more from your dog  When your dog is learning something new, give him a reward every time he does it  Know what type of rewards your dog responds to...

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Fitdog Five: dog training tips

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Get your pup started on the right paw with proper training! You want your dog to be the perfect canine citizen. Before you get them enrolled in an AKC Canine Good Citizen program and testing (by the way, did you know you could do so through Fitdog?!), be sure to set them up for success! Here is our first set of dog training tips. Reward immediately. Your dog won’t understand 5 minutes, let alone if you wait any longer, to reward them for good behavior. Be sure to reward them when the good behavior occurs to reinforce the habit. –...

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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 _ 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?

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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 Club _ Dog Blog _ Fitdog Sports Ready

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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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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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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Separation anxiety in dogs by Vetted PetCare

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Did you know that dogs express stress in various ways? From panting or shaking to aggression and excessive barking, these are all different ways your pup may display their anxiety. This week we are so excited to have our partner, Vetted PetCare, share some pawesome tips on how to prevent your dog from developing separation anxiety! Here are 5 Tips and Tricks to prevent separation anxiety. Avoid an over enthusiastic greeting when entering your home. Greeting your dog with an excited and high pitched tone only encourages a hyperactive state. Take your pup for a walk before you go. A...

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Puppy problems: jumping

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The truth is at first, all puppies jump. It’s our duty as responsible dog owners to fix this behavior so that it doesn’t become a problem. Just like your pup sniffs a new dog’s face when they meet, they want to sniff yours! Since we’re so much larger than they are, they think they need to jump to greet us and grab our attention. Most of the time dogs jump up because their humans have taught them to jump up. A small, fluffy, excited jumping puppy is one thing, cute even. But what happens when they are bigger, older and...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog_ Meet Our Trainers: Rhonda Feinberg

Meet our trainers: Rhonda Feinberg

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We at Fitdog take the highest regard for the training of your dogs. From basic puppy training to behavioral modification, we want you to meet and KNOW the individuals behind our fantastic training programs. Last post, we introduced you to Jeff, now we’re excited for you to meet Rhonda – another one of our fantastic Fitdog trainers! Rhonda has been training dogs for 16 years! She studied animal behavior in college and after she got married and raised her son, she brought home 2 mini Schnauzers, who started her dog training career. Rhonda has a mentor that she has worked...

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