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The five most common mistakes new pet owners make

Posted by | Adoption, Boarding, Featured Blogger, Grooming, Health, Health Watch, Wellness | No Comments

When you decide to bring a dog into your family, there are so many things to consider that it's no wonder that owners often skip a few important steps during the adoption process. Fitdog teamed up with Dr. Sabrina from Vetted Pet Care to highlight the five most common mistakes that we see at daycare and by veterinarians. Not asking for copies of the medical and vaccination records. You wouldn't drive a new car off the lot without getting the title first. The same thing goes for getting a new dog. Make sure you ask your shelter, breeder, or rescue group for...

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Southern California Fires

HEALTH WATCH: Southern California Fires

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As fires spread throughout Southern California, the air quality in the Los Angeles area is being seriously affected.  Not to mention the significant amount of ash and debris falling from the sky. At Fitdog, we're taking certain preventative measures to promote the health and safety of our dogs and are advising you do too! Here are some tips to keep your pup safe. Have plenty of fresh water for both you and your dog. The fires have caused a rapid decline in humidity (only 7%), so dehydration is a serious risk during this time. Stay indoors as much as possible. Until the quality of the...

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The ultimate pet travel checklist

Posted by | Travel, Wellness | No Comments

Traveling solo might be a breeze for the avid vacationer but adding a dog into the mix can be problematic if you're not prepared. Since traveling around the holidays can be more stressful (but it's the most wonderful time of the year, right?) we put together a list of the essential items, so you and your dog can have smooth and abundant travels! Reservations One of the most frequent mistakes we see is when owners wait until the last minute to book their dog's holiday staycation. While some travel websites recommend booking your hotel a month before departure, the holidays...

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Grooming for holiday pictures

Posted by | Grooming, Holiday | No Comments

If your pup is making an appearance in this year's holiday card, chances are you'll want them groomed beforehand to have them looking their best. With everything going on around the holidays, getting your pet groomed and ready is just another stress. So we put together a check list to make the experience easy-peasy! Timing is everything Reserving your appointment Don't wait until the last minute to schedule your dog's groom. Around the holidays, our groomer is especially busy due to heightened social engagement. We recommend calling to schedule your groom anywhere between 7 to 10 days before your desired appointment...

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Dogs on Halloween

Keep your dog stress-free on Halloween

Posted by | Halloween, Recipes, Safety, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Take a list of all the things dogs hate: constant doorbell ringing, people in disguise, chocolate, loud noises, and strangers at the door. Now, put that all into one holiday. Sound familiar? If your dog is one of the many, MANY dogs who freak out on Halloween, you may find these resources helpful:   [caption id="attachment_10879" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A reluctant Bentley let us dress him up as a Woolly Mammoth[/caption] Be Prepared. Get ready for the big night with PetMD's list of 10 safety tips to take on Halloween night to ensure your pet's safety and well-being. Dog-friendly Treats. "Munchkins...

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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 _ Big Dogs – A Growing Trend

Big dogs – a growing trend

Posted by | Adoption, Behavior, Health, Just Because, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

“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?

Posted by | Activities, Behavior, Just Because, Running, Tips & Tricks, Wellness | No Comments

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

Posted by | Activities, Behavior, Health, Just Because, Tips & Tricks, Wellness | No Comments

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 | Food & Treats, Health, Just Because, Tips & Tricks, Wellness | 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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