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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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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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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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