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Surf and Turf Issue

surfin’ fur If in doubt, dog paddle out! There is no shortage of ways to get active with your dog, but dog surfing is a totally rad option. And while dogs have been hanging 10 with their dudes and dudettes since the 1920s, contests and clinics have recently popped up that offer canine companions the chance to catch a wave for themselves. Just remember: even if your dog’s an able swimmer, a doggie life jacket can keep the fun safe when it’s time to woof “cowabunga!” • Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition (June, Imperial Beach, CA) • Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition (July, Imperial Beach, CA) • Surf City Surf Dog® (September, Huntington Beach, CA) • Surfing Dog Spectacular (March, Melbourne, AU) • Purina® Pro Plan® Dog Surfing Challenge (May, Huntington Beach, CA) turf lore When dogs roll over, they’re signaling submissiveness — right? After more than 11,000 years of canine companionship, it turns out we still have a lot to learn about our best friends’ behavior. Researchers from the Universities of Lethbridge and South Africa recently published a study in the journal Behavioural Processes that sheds light on the frequently misunderstood behavior. Contrary to wolves — for whom the act is strictly submissive — rolling over is “a combat maneuver adopted as part of an ongoing play sequence” among dogs. The researchers observed more than 50 pairs of dogs at play, and of 248 recorded rollovers, not a single instance indicated submission. A few were even intended to solicit interaction. What does that mean for pet parents? Make sure you really know a dog before indulging an apparent belly rub request — especially if you’re on his turf. a fitbit® for fido Looking for a smarter way to understand your dog’s fitness and health? Give him a Whistle! The Whistle Activity Monitor is a wireless, waterproof health tracker that attaches to your dog’s collar and connects to an available Android or iOS app. In addition to a visual summary of your dog’s daily activities, you can set activity goals, monitor activity levels and health trends over time, compare to similar dogs, track foods and medication and much more. Five lucky families will win a Whistle Activity Monitor from Petplan. For your chance to grab one, visit GoPetplan.com/Whistle and tell us about your furry friend’s fitness goals. Winners will be selected on August 21, 2015, and announced in September.


Surf and Turf Issue
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