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Sick dogs should stay at home

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

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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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 _ How To Have One Cool Pup _ Dog Cooling Vests

How to have one cool pup

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Gear, Health, Health Watch, Hiking, Home, Just Because, Older Dogs, Product of the Week, Puppy, Seasons, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

Summer months are always tough on our pets, but recent years have been brutal! Intense heat makes dogs more susceptible to overheating or suffering from heatstroke, and even burning their paw pads. Here are some of our favorite products and tips to beat the heat during hot summer months. Cooling Vests & Jackets Dogs don’t sweat like humans. As such, heat and humidity can raise canine temperatures to dangerous levels. For outdoor hikes and adventures, consider getting your pup a cooling vest. REI and Kurgo have a few options, but we also sell our favorite and most reliable brands at...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Puppy Immune Boosters

Puppy immune boosters

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Puppies, like babies and small children, have a sensitive and underdeveloped immune system. When a puppy’s immune system is compromised, the little one may become increasingly vulnerable to illness. A malfunctioning immune system in dogs can open the door to a host of diseases like infection, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. To ensure their health, we recommend young dogs to be on immune boosters. Our favorite is Nuvet. It really works! NuVet Plus is comprised of the highest quality human-grade ingredients that work in combination to maintain and improve your beloved animal's quality of life. With its precise combination of natural...

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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 _ How To Aid Your Aging Dog

How to aid your aging dog

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It’s not fun to think about, but your pup may no longer be the spritely canine he once was. When your dog has brought so much joy to your life, you only want to do what's best for him. Here are some tips to help ease the aging process for your older dog. Keep them active An active dog is a healthy dog. From playing with their furry BFFs to continuing their morning walks, try to keep your dog moving to help with their continued mobility. Provide supplements From their joints to skin, your dog may need additional nutrients not...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Upcoming Events

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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