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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

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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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Fitdog Five: dog training tips

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We can’t emphasize enough the importance of properly training your pup!   You remember our previous “Fitdog Five” blog post on best practices for dog training. Here is the next set of tips and tricks to add to your arsenal!  Keep commands short and uncomplicated  Make sure you have suitable training equipment such as treats, toys, clicker trainers, and appropriately sized leashes  Use positive reinforcement by rewarding desired responses then gradually requiring more from your dog  When your dog is learning something new, give him a reward every time he does it  Know what type of rewards your dog responds to...

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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

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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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SuperZoo 2017

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We were thrilled to attend SuperZoo 2017 in Las Vegas! From the latest news to fantastic new products, we can’t wait to share everything with you!     Our favorites  Some of our favorite companies, from Orijen & Acana (who just pulled out of Chewy.com!) to MetroPaws, at SuperZoo! Ono took their technology from their EZ Plate for kids to create a new feeding system for dogs. Super heroes   The Super Hero trend did not skip the pet industry! We loved seeing Super Hero themed collars, toys & more! Teeth cleaning toys & treats   We saw a lot of vendors were...

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5 ways treadmill workouts benefit dogs

Posted by | Activities, Health, Running, Training | One Comment

When newcomers tour our Fitdog Sports Club in Santa Monica, they always chuckle when they pass the doggy treadmill. They ask: “Is that for real?” The simple answer: absolutely. Pet owners might think it’s impossible to get their dog on a treadmill, but once you do, there are a host of benefits for dogs and owners. (Learn how to get your dog started on a treadmill here.) Prevent boredom A main cause of canine behavioral problems is boredom. Your furniture, shoes, or neighbors’ ears can fall victim to a bored dog. A dog learns to focus on the moving track...

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Teach your dog to love treadmill exercise

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Exercising on a treadmill is a powerful tool that can help dogs improve muscle strength and stamina, prevent obesity, aid weight loss, and provide mental stimulation. If you have a hyperactive or obese dog, treadmill training could be your answer to a calm, well-behaved, and fit dog. Here are five easy at-home steps to train your dog to exercise on a treadmill. Step 1 Your first goal is to get your dog comfortable around and on the treadmill. (Never force your dog to do anything he or she is not ready to do). You first want to lure your dog...

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