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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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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 Howl-o-ween 2015 winners!

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We are thrilled at the success of our 5th Annual Howl-o-ween Photo Shoot and Photo Contest! Thank you to everyone who came to our shoot for a fun day of pictures. We loved seeing all of the comments and shares on the Facebook album for the contest! It would be way to hard for us to pick the best costume, so we are so glad it was up to our audience! Congratulations to our top five dogs who were entered to be selected as our grand winner. HUGE congratulations to Edie dressed as Eeyore, your 2015 Howl-o-ween Facebook winner!!!  ...

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Why you should have your dog licensed & chipped

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Getting your pup licensed and micro-chipped might seem like a frustrating process, but we promise you won’t regret it! These are just a few reasons why you should take the plunge: Living in LA has its advantages as well as some obligations. Among these are pet requirements. All pups older than four months must be both licensed and micro-chipped. The chip is permanent and licenses are good for a full year. Good citizens get their dogs licensed — and if you get caught without one, it could result in a hefty fine! Not in LA County? Check your area’s pet...

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3 reasons why less active dogs enjoy daycare

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You might wonder if your laid back or people-orientated dog will enjoy daycare. Here are 3 reasons why less active pups not only like dog daycare but also thrive in it. 1. Social Engagement A social structure emerges in dog daycare where each dog plays a role in the pack (sort of like cliques in high school). For example, at Fitdog, we have: “Hall Monitors” who chase or bark at dogs they believe are not following the rules (dog or human); the “Lounger's Club,” dogs who spend the entire morning snoozing together then perking up later in the day; “Kings...

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What is the Fitdog Difference?

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A couple things happened that prompted me to write this article about the Fitdog Difference. It all started at check-out on Friday afternoon. Viceroy, a boxer, was going home. I went out back to the play area and called her name from the small dog side (she is our only mellow boxer). Leaning on the gate on the large dog side is our Club Rep, Kevin. He sees Viceroy and says, “ I love Viceroy.” I look up at him as I’m leashing her and say with a nod, “Really?” And he responds with a big smile, “No, I do....

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