Are you a fan of paddle boarding, or perhaps just getting into the sport. Do you want to find a way to bring your furry friend along for the ride? We don’t blame you. Dogs often love the water just as much as people, so why leave them to watch on the sidelines while we catch the waves?
If you are interested in paddleboarding with your dog, here’s everything you need to know:
Make Sure Your Pup Is Comfortable
If your furry friend is nervous, uncomfortable, or otherwise unhappy with the arrangement, they’ll be much more likely to jump ship. That can be extremely dangerous, depending on how far out in the water you are when they choose to abandon the paddle board.
Believe it or not, making your dog paddle board comfortably is a process that begins at home. Start by leaving the paddle board in the living room, or near their dog bed. It can wherever they choose to lounge and relax. Make it a part of their world, or try to coax them to sit or sleep on your inflatable paddle board. This is an essential first step to getting them comfortable with your paddleboard – starting on solid ground.
Eventually, you can up the ante by convincing them to walk on the paddle board, using treats as a motivation and reward. Once your dog is comfortable with this, you can move on to the next step.
Show Your Dog Their Spot
The next step is to teach your pup to identify their spot on the paddle board. This would usually be near the front, so you can sit behind your furry friend. Teach them to sit in that particular spot and get comfortable with it. Then, gradually work your way up to sitting in your spot behind them, so they can grow accustomed to that.
Once your dog is accustomed to you sitting behind him or her, try standing behind them until they become comfortable with that dynamic. Practice fake paddling in place on solid ground and rocking back and forth standing up. Get your dog used to the motion and sensation that will come with being on the water.
Next Stop: Water
After your dog is comfortable with all the above, they are ready to graduate to paddle boarding with you on real water! Head out to your favorite beach or body of water equipped with your dog and an inflatable paddle board and introduce them to the water!
Make sure to take things slow and be patient with your pup. Paddleboarding may be frightening and intimidating for them at first. With time and patience, though, your dog will sit patiently at the front of your inflatable paddle board as you navigate the waves!
There you have it – everything you need to know to teach your dog to paddle board! Keep in mind that this can be a long process that can take anywhere from several days to several weeks. The training period will depend on your dog’s comfort zone and how much time you spend acclimating him or her to the paddle board. However, with patience, you and your furry friend will be showing off your best moves on the water in no time at all! Check out our top inflatable paddle boards.