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It’s time we change the dialogue on pit bulls

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It's Pit Bull Awareness Month! [caption id="attachment_10850" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Fitdog Club Member Roxy. Photo by Angela Brittain, 2017.[/caption] It's no secret that pit bulls have gained an unfavorable rap through the years, but how accurate is their representation in the media and among people in general? History shows that these dogs went from being bred in the 19th century for farm herding and family companionship and then were appropriated for bull baiting and underground dog fighting rings. In the 20th century, they became the face of WWI America, and it just so happens that the most decorated dog veteran is a...

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Welcome fall!

Posted by | Activities, Daycare, Events | No Comments

Summer is winding down and it’s now time to embrace the fall! Here is what’s up next on Fitdog’s fall agenda:  August Events:   What does a surf competition, hanging out by the lake, rooftop yoga and an outdoor movie screening have in common? You can do all of them with your dog in LA! Make the most of the end of summer and see how many of these DOGsome events you can attend with your pup!   September Events  Sept. 16 – The 7th Annual Wags & Walks Benefit Gala will commemorate the opening of  Wags and Walks’s very own adoption...

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Dogs & kids: How to promote positive interactions with your dog

Posted by | Behavior, Training | No Comments

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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Sustainable dog products that give back

Posted by | Food & Treats, Gear, Gifts | No Comments

Feel good about where your funds are going when you buy products for your furry friend. Here are some of our faves!  RC Pets has launched Wooly Wonks (which we already carry). They help Nepalese women to earn a living and support their families and their future.  Here is the whole story.   Himalayan Dog Chews also has a new product line called Loom, which produces toys made by women who are working out of their way of situations of abuse, abandonment or lack of education in Nepal.  Solid Manufacturing & Co. and Lucy & Co. have teamed up to make...

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Upcoming Events!

Posted by | Activities, Boarding, Events, Health, Holiday, Just Because, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

We are thrilled to have a full calendar for you and your pups! Stay in the know with amazing upcoming events in Southern California! Rattlesnake Training by MaAndPaw.com Join us on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malibu for rattlesnake avoidance training for your pup! Busy? Fitdog can bring your dog to the training and walk your dog through the course for an additional $35. Sign up at Maandpaw.com and call Fitdog at 310-828-3647 to arrange a pick up for your dog. Dental Cleanings Keep your dog healthy with regular dental cleanings. K9 Grillz will be at...

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Fitdog hikes for your dog

Posted by | Activities, Fitdog Runners Group, Hiking, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Hikes are perfect for all dogs! Each pup benefits from being outdoors and getting in a great exercise with their Fitdog friends and trainers. But are you worried your dog can’t take it? Trust us, they can! Fitdog Sports now offers both Canyon Hikes and Low Impact Hikes so you can select the best option for your pup! Canyon Hikes Canyon Hikes are from 9 am – 1 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our Fitdogs go on a 4 to 6-mile hike in the Santa Monica Mountains during our Canyon Hikes. They are great for active pups and basic...

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Separation anxiety in dogs

Posted by | Behavior, Featured Blogger, Health, Training, Wellness | No Comments

Did you know that dogs express stress in various ways? From panting or shaking to aggression and excessive barking, these are all different ways your pup may display their anxiety. This week we are so excited to have our partner, Vetted PetCare, share some pawesome tips on how to prevent your dog from developing separation anxiety! Here are 5 Tips and Tricks to prevent separation anxiety. Avoid an over enthusiastic greeting when entering your home. Greeting your dog with an excited and high pitched tone only encourages a hyperactive state. Take your pup for a walk before you go. A...

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What to do when your dog goes missing

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Whether it’s for five minutes, five days or five weeks, one of the worst feelings is when your dog goes missing. You never think it can happen to you until it’s too late. We want to make sure you are taking all of the right precautionary steps and doing the right things should you have a lost dog. Things to do ahead of time: Microchipping – Did you know that it’s against the law in some cities to euthanize a pet who has been microchipped, even if it is not claimed! Many websites allow you to register your pup’s microchip...

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Puppy problems: jumping

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

The truth is at first, all puppies jump. It’s our duty as responsible dog owners to fix this behavior so that it doesn’t become a problem. Just like your pup sniffs a new dog’s face when they meet, they want to sniff yours! Since we’re so much larger than they are, they think they need to jump to greet us and grab our attention. Most of the time dogs jump up because their humans have taught them to jump up. A small, fluffy, excited jumping puppy is one thing, cute even. But what happens when they are bigger, older and...

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