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It’s national take a hike day!

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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 difference between obedience and behavioral training

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With so many types of training programs available to dog owners, it can be difficult to decide which kind of program is best for you and your pup. There are programs specialized to unravel years of behavioral issues, others meant to socialize dogs, and there are those that simply teach your dog how to high-five and roll over. If you've enrolled your dog in a training program and found the results were less than satisfactory, it may be because the type of training program wasn't suited for your dog's needs. Training Options Overview There are a couple different options when it...

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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 _ 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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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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Sensory overload

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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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Dogs & kids: How to promote positive interactions with your dog

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Kids and dogs are so cute together. However it’s important to make sure the interactions are safe and mutually desired. Here are our sure-fire ways to promote positive and safe interactions between your kids and dog.  Allow your kids to engage with your family dog in a way that benefits both kids and dog like running around outside or playing fetch. Both can get out energy and have some fun.  Avoid rough play like wrestling because this type of behavior can escalate and potentially turn into a bite (even if unintentional). It also teaches your dog that aggressive behavior is...

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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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Signs your dog is stressed

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You may think your dog is living a carefree life, but don’t be fooled! Dogs experience stress just like their owners do, although they express it differently.  There are some telltale signs that your dog is experiencing stress, discomfort or intolerance when being hugged or during other interactions.   His mouth is closed and ridged. When dogs are happy, they have a relaxed jaw and breath with their mouth open. Breathing rhythm is quick and short, referred to as "stress panting." Stress panting can sometimes look as though your dog is smiling and happy.  When in fact, it is an acute...

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

Dogs don’t like hugs

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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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