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Golden Retriever on grassPhysical Health

My dog is obese. What I can I do?

Do you worry that your dog is obese? Dogs are our best friends, family members, and constant companions. We love them dearly, and often show our affection through treating our pups to snacks and, occasionally, human food. While there is nothing wrong with giving your dog a treat from time to time, it is important that you take your pet’s weight and fitness as seriously as you do your own.  Rising dog obesity numbers Dog…
Rebecca Warren
December 15, 2019
Gold Paw Stretch FleeceProduct Reviews

Dog Gear Reviews: Gold Paw Stretch Fleece

This month our dog gear review is of the Gold Paw Stretch Fleece. Gold Paw is a family-run dogwear company based in Oregon. Gold Paw's products are milled and made in the USA. They also have sustainability in mind in everything they do, all while making really fun and functional gear. We enjoyed testing the original Stretch Fleece. It is a perfect all-around addition to your pet's wardrobe. The Stretch Fleece is great on cooler…
Rebecca Warren
December 14, 2019
Missing Link Joint SupplementProduct Reviews

Dog Gear Reviews: Missing Link Supplement

At The Fittest Dog, we are constantly on the lookout for the latest and greatest gear and products to use on outings with our four-legged runners. This month we review a product that one of our client's highly recommends — Missing Link Original Hip and Joint Supplement. This powdered supplement is easily mixed in with your dog's food once a day. It is packed full of superfood nutrients such as glucosamine and omega 3 and…
Kimberli Weeks
December 14, 2019
Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Leash ReviewProduct Reviews

Dog Gear Reviews: Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Leash

At The Fittest Dog, we are constantly on the lookout for the latest and greatest dog gear to use with our clients. Today we are reviewing the Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Leash. We are aware of the popularity of Stunt Puppy handsfree leashes as we see them out all the time. However, we only recently had the opportunity to review one. We are pleased to say the Stunt Runner is not only a simple design…
Kimberli Weeks
December 9, 2019
Happy rescue dogMental HealthPhysical Health

Can dog running help my rescue dog?

Dog running is a great way to help rescue dogs find confidence. Running is great for all dogs, but it is especially beneficial for rescue dogs and those dogs recently brought home from shelters. Rescue dogs and dogs suffering from “shelter shock” need a healthy way to release nervous energy and form positive bonds with humans.  Many rescue dogs have fear-based behaviors that stem from their difficult starts in life. They may be overly timid…
Rebecca Warren
December 5, 2019
Wistful dog on chairMental Health

Can dog running help separation anxiety in my dog?

Can dog running help treat separation anxiety in dogs? Yes, it can! Separation anxiety in dogs is a difficult experience for both dogs and their humans. It can be triggered by a change in your routine (transitioning from working at home to working in an office), a change in location (moving to a new house) or by a change in your family (the loss of a companion in the household). No matter the cause, the…
Rebecca Warren
December 1, 2019
French Bulldog runningMental Health

Why is my dog bored?

Do you think your dog is bored? You might be right! Dogs are wonderful companions. One of the reasons we love sharing our lives with dogs is because they are smart and interesting animals to spend time with. Their intellect and capacity for learning and enjoying new things means that dogs are also able to experience and suffer from boredom. Just like humans, dogs need to be stimulated both mentally and physically on a daily…
Rebecca Warren
December 1, 2019
Stunt Puppy Nano BowlProduct Reviews

Dog Gear Reviews: Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl

We are thrilled with the product we tested this month — the Stunt Puppy Nano Bowl. At The Fittest Dog, we occasionally struggle with the cumbersome heft of water bowls on the run. Handheld water bottles are sometimes too awkward to hold when you also carry a leash. Our four-legged athletes require hydration, so finding the perfect go-to water bottle/bowl can be tricky. This month's product is Stunt Puppy's entry into yet another necessary outdoorsy…
Kimberli Weeks
November 1, 2019
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