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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ 7th Annual Fitdog Howl-o-ween

7th Annual Fitdog Howl-o-ween

Posted by | Activities, DIY, Events, Food & Treats, Halloween, Holiday, Just Because, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

It’s that time of year again, Howl-o-ween! From Katy Perry to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Elsa to our favorite drinks, we LOVE seeing how creative you get with your pups’ costumes each year! Join us all of October by sharing your doggy Halloween costumes in our online photo contest! Starting Sunday, October 1, you can enter through the tab on our Facebook page, by using our Woobox contest page, or sharing a picture directly on your Facebook or Instagram account using @fitdogsportsclub and #fitdoghowloween17 in your caption. Don’t forget to tag us, too! The winner will receive a $100+ doggie goodie...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ So Many Reasons To Love The Fall!

So many reasons to love the Fall!

Posted by | Activities, Adoption, Beach Excursions, Events, Halloween, Holiday, Just Because, Tips & Tricks, Travel | No Comments

Fall brings cooler weather, colorful leaves and the best doggy events of the year! Help support local pet rescues, watch dogs surf waves, and check out some Corgi butts on the beach. Surf Dog Competition – September 23 The McKenna Subaru Surf City Surf Dog is the world-famous premier event on the dog surfing circuit. The event is free to attend, so bring your whole family and enjoy a weekend of fun. We’ll have a tent at the competition on Saturday and can’t wait to see you there! Wiggle Waggle Walk – September 24 Join in at the 19th Annual...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Fresh and Clean

Fresh and clean

Posted by | Grooming, Health, Tips & Tricks, Wellness | No Comments

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

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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 | 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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Fitdog Sports Club_Dog Blog_Dog Sensory Overload

Sensory overload

Posted by | Behavior, Health, Just Because, Tips & Tricks, Wellness | 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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Welcome fall!

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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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