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How To Run With Your Dog

Running dogs comes as natural to us at The Fittest Dog as dog walking is to most owners. We know through action, the physical and mental benefits of dog running. This is not the case for many dog parents, and that is ok! We are here to help when you can't, however, thanks to our feature in The Farmer's Dog Digest, our tips are tailored for first time dog running parents! Read below to learn…
Kimberli Weeks
November 21, 2021
Mental HealthOur Stories

The Zen Dog Trainer With Proven Results

We are thrilled to interview a very in demand dog trainer here in San Diego. We first met when two of our VERY treat motivated four-legged clients intentionally knocked over a fire hydrant treat holder at the pet store he worked. We were beyond embarrassed and he simply laughed calmly. These dogs vacuumed up the treats faster than the best vacuum on the market, and the rest is history. Now that we are collaborating in…
Kimberli Weeks
August 3, 2021
Mental HealthOur Stories

Do I Have An Emotional Dog? Signs and Tips For Helping Your Dog

Do you have a dog so in tune with your emotions? Is your dog sad when you are sad? If you are hurt or sick, is your four-legged family member right by your side? If so, you may have an emotional dog. We have all seen the pictures and videos of these dogs, and they are the ultimate in emotional support animals. Below are two instances of our running dogs who are also highly emotional…
Kimberli Weeks
February 8, 2021
Mental HealthOur Stories

Why Does My Dog Bark At Other Dogs?

Do you have an anxiety prone dog? Does your normally well behaved dog turn into an aggressive, barking dog at the sight of his or her triggers? Read below to learn about one of our running dog’s triggers, and what we do to correct it.    I’m a pro at multitasking, and that is exactly what I do when I run dogs. I am constantly coaching, loving, supporting and motivating each and every dog. At…
Kimberli Weeks
October 26, 2020
Service dog running on trailsMental HealthPhysical Health

Why Running is Important For a Service Dog

  Do you have a service dog? Our beloved four-legged client Max is a highly trained and focused service dog for his human Linda. She can't thank The Fittest Dog enough for the transformative outlet that dog running has provided for her protector/four-legged child/partner-in-crime. Read her very thoughtful and heartwarming words below regarding the necessity of dog running for a service dog. Why Running is Important For a Service Dog? Service dog owners are not…
Rebecca Warren
September 30, 2020
4th of July DogMental Health

Tips To Calm Your Dog On July 4th

  Do you have a dog who is afraid of loud noises?  You're not alone.  Most dogs suffer from anxiety, and Independence Day is the least favorite holiday for so many of our four-legged family members.  We are here to help you with our tips to calm your dog on July 4th.   Exercise Calms Dogs 365 Days a Year!   We cannot stress enough the necessity of exercise for our four-legged family member.  The…
Kimberli Weeks
July 2, 2020
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
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