If you’re an adventurous person who loves to be outside and explore nature, you might enjoy activities such as paddle boarding. However, happy moments are always better if shared with others. And dog owners simply love to share them with their canine. However, can you even paddle board with a dog?
The answer is yes.
Paddle Boarding With Dogs
You totally can take your furry friend for a ride on the paddle board with you. However, you will need the right preparation and gear to do that.
During summer, paddle boarding is getting more and more popular. And dog pawrents all over the world don’t want their dogs to feel left out. That’s why it’s now possible to do it with your canine in a safe way.
However, before you and your fluffy companion get in the water, you will obviously need a paddle board. And it can’t be just any paddle board. You need to get the right one both you and your dog are safe the whole time.
What to consider when buying a paddle board
Choosing the right paddle board is key when it comes to making sure you and your dog stay safe.
There are different key features that you need to keep in mind while choosing the right paddle board. The most important ones are:
- The right size
- Traction pad
- Accessories like bungee cords and other
The most important one definitely is stability. Your dog needs to be able to sit on the paddle board in a stable way. Even though canines have four legs that can keep them stable, you still need to do your part of the job too.
Learning to paddle board with your dog
Once you have the right paddle board, make sure you actually know what you are doing before jumping into the water. One YouTube tutorial 5 minutes before won’t do it. Do your research the right way!
Inform yourself about the specific paddle board that you bought and ask the seller if these are any additional things that you will need to consider.
Give yourself and your dog time to gain the skills and the confidence to get into the water and actually start paddling. Be patient with your dog and if you notice any sort of distress, take a break and let him get some treats and fresh water.
Just like with any other sport, safety is number one! Especially when you are paddling with your dog.
Here are some basics when it comes to dog safety:
- Don’t leave your dog unattended
- Be aware of hazards
- Being a first aid kit
- You can literally never be too careful! Your dog is putting his whole trust into you. Don’t let him down.
Training tips for you and your dog
When training your dog — trust is everything! Your dog needs to know that he is safe with you. In most healthy dog – pawrent relationship, that is already the case.
Before getting on the paddle board, your dog has to know the basic commands: sit and stay. Make sure he knows how to calmly sit on the paddle board before you come anywhere near the water. While most dogs can swim, you don’t want to risk your canine falling into the water and getting scared.
There are certain things that you have to keep in mind while training your dog:
- Always reward your dog’s good behaviors.
- Create a calm environment so he doesn’t feel stressed out
- Be patient and give them the time they need
- The experience needs to be fun and enjoyable for them too
You also need to consider the individual personality of your dog
What’s his temperament? How does he react in unfamiliar situations? Is he scared of water? How good of a swimmer is he?
If paddling isn’t even something your dog would find enjoyable or entertaining, don’t even start with it in the first place.
By using these tips and introducing your dog to paddling one step at a time, he will get more and more comfortable with the idea. Slowly try to get your dog into the water and see how stable he is on the paddle board. When you and your dog both feel comfortable and confident enough, you can start to puddle slowly. Always monitor your dog and see how he’s doing. If you notice any kind of odd behaviors, stop and get back on land.