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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Fresh and Clean

Fresh and clean

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We brush our teeth and see a dentist for a minty-clean and sparkling smile, but do you pay enough attention to your dog’s mouth?! Dogs aren’t as prone to cavities as humans are, but that doesn’t mean cleaning their teeth should be avoided. Canines can develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis, which lead to dental diseases. These diseases result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss, not to mention, the bacteria under the gums can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver. We love the following teeth cleaning treats and toys because they’re not only good...

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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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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Car Safety

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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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Would You Eat Dog Food?!

Would you eat dog food?!

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Dog Food, Food, Health, Home, Just Because, Product of the Week, Tips, Treats, Well-Being | No Comments

Let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered, “what does dog food taste like?” Or, better yet, “is that safe to eat?” While some dog food looks tasty, that doesn’t necessarily mean we should try it. Also, there are some dog foods are not safe or sanitary to consume. Here’s the scoop when it comes to dog food you could almost eat. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires that all animal foods, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled. Due the cooking process, once the dog kibble...

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Sensory overload

Posted by | Behavior, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Home, Just Because, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

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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Heart Disease

Sick dogs should stay at home

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From interacting with new dogs to spending time in different locations, dogs can get sick for various reasons. We know to stay home when we’re sick, but we need to understand that it’s the same for pups. It is important to know what a communicable disease is and what the signs or symptoms are that may require giving your dog a day off or bringing them to the vet.    If your dog has any of the following symptoms, it’s best to skip daycare for a day to find out if it’s serious.   Super sleepy in the morning – Does...

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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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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ On & Off The Trail - Safety First _ Dog Hikes

On & off the trail – safety first

Posted by | Activities, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Fitdog Activities, Fitdog Runners Group, Furball Friday, Health, Hiking, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

We are honored that you trust us with your precious pooch. At Fitdog, we make sure your pups are not only having fun but that they are also practicing important skills to ensure the utmost safety while participating in activities. Here are the steps we take to ensure your dog is safe on the trail. All new dogs are required to attend our Come When Called training class to determine eligibility for off-leash activities – including our Canyon Hikes. This insures that your dog will respond to his or her name 100% of the time. This comes in handy when...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Protect Your Canines From Ticks

Protect your canines from ticks

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We’ve seen more and more activity from ticks this year. Ticks are dangerous because complications associated with their bites are blood loss, anemia, paralysis, skin irritation or infection, and even more severe issues like Lyme disease. First and foremost, check your dog for ticks every day. Brush your fingers through their fur, applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Don’t forget to also check between your dog's toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head. If your dog, unfortunately, gets a tick, don’t fret. We have some of the easiest ways to get rid of ticks...

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Some breeds need more than daycare

Posted by | Activities, Beach, Behavior, Boarding, Daycare, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Hiking, Just Because, Running, Tips, Training, Well-Being | No Comments

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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