How to paddle board with your dog!
How to paddle board with your pets!
Touring a lake or river on the SUP is an enjoyable experience. Taking a companion like your dog provides for you both a comfortable and calming environment.
Most dogs like water, so you must take the time to train them to feel comfortable with the SUP before you try to stand up the paddle with a dog. If you take a dog off the water without that, it could lead you both to a stressful and probably tragic journey.
As for all tasks, the dog can earn its own rewards properly. Your dog must be happy on board, relaxed on the water, and realise that until you take him out on open water, you are in charge.
Here are some tips that will help you prepare your dog SUP
Take it to the SUP
The easiest way to get them acquainted with a SUP is to make them comfortable with it at home. Leave out the paddle board to get used to seeing it. Many dogs can finally inspect it, smell it and even stand on it. Leave it a few days at this point, so they are relaxed around the board.
The more you step on, the more comfortable you feel. If you think your dog is unable to sit on the SUP, have a treat on the floor. Dogs want to handle and that encourages them to join the board and they learn that they don’t have anything to fear from the board. Of course, if he sits on the board of his own free will, he won’t hurt to recompense her puppy.
Train on the floor
When the dog is content to sit on the board, you can start teaching him with the essential commands he wants when he is on the water. The two that you most often need are ‘sitting’ and ‘staying’ and you will also have to find commands to get them on and off the board. You probably would be taught to sit and remain in the building, but when you sail down the river with you, it’s different.
When you sit on the board at home, take a treat to get them to follow the commands of ‘sit’ to ‘keep’ and teach them to go up and down the board. They’ll finally feel relaxed sitting on the board if you don’t hurry them. All dogs are going at their own pace so when you are fast to get them out on the water, remember always that you have to go at their own speed, not yours.
If you are done sitting on the SUP, put it in your PFD and get through it again. This can at first feel awkward for them, so reward them with a treat each time they sit still with it.
The next move is to take them on the SUP. You may find that they jump off as soon as you start, or they switch about and you can exercise your commands.
The first move is to sit or kneel on their board to get them used to sitting with you on the board. You should eventually start rocking the board carefully to get used to the change. When you are glad to sit down and follow your commands, move to a standing position and ensure you understand the commands again.
If at any point you find your dog uneasy or unhappy, return to the previous phase. You can not speed up the training – it must be completed in order to be truly pleased with each move.
Move to the bath
If you are absolutely glad that your dog is sitting on the SUP, take the board to the pool.
Don’t get excited, though, because there is still a way to go before a paddle board can stand up with a puppy.
It is one thing that trains your dog to sit in your own yard, but another thing is to make them sit down by the water in all their distractions. Children will play, ducks swim, other dogs around and, of course, water to swim in. Your dog must understand and answer all your commands before you risk going into the water.
Place your SUP on the ground near the edge when you get to the bath. Don’t just put it on the bath. Go all the stages again before your dog answers your orders and when you tell him you can sit on the board. You can also exercise simultaneously on and off the surface.
When you’re sure, switch the SUP to quiet, shallow waters and sit or kneel. Calmer waters will encourage your dog to acclimatise gradually on the water. If you have remained close to the water’s edge, you should be able to paddle if you slip or jump off. If too many signs of distress appear, step back to the edge.
When you find your SUP feet, start rocking the board gently to get used to the movement. This is where they will leap out first, so that they won’t be worried or upset in shallow waters. You can also use this as a way to use the command to get them back on the paddle board or even to pull them up with the PDF handle. You should stand up as you build trust.
Now your dog can easily jump about on the water surface.
Keep kneeling, move the paddle board slowly and softly, but move just a few metres at first. Keep on the edge and in deeper waters and your dog can pass. Using therapies will still make them feel comfortable, so if they remain on the board, make sure that you have a good agreement with them.
When your dog is happy, go away and get up. Make sure you are still in calmer waters, but transfer SUP into slightly deeper water for your own safety. The height of the waist is nice as you can stand if you fall, and your dog can swim back to the floor.
You’ll soon be able to stand up with your dog paddle board, if you take your time to train your dog, and they’ll love it as much as you do. You can switch to faster waters, but always consider it before you decide where to paddle.
You must also always take their protection into consideration and you have to take a few items into consideration here.
Tips on protection
If you consider your own protection on the water automatically, always note that your dog depends on you to still consider its protection. Here are a few tips for your trip and your puppy.
- Buy a personal flotation device for your dog and make sure it’s the correct size. Your dog won’t feel secure in it if it’s too close. Although dogs are usually good swimmers, they can be healthy in any water. It also makes it easier for you to get one with a handle if they fall off if you buy one with a handle.
- Don’t be tempted to leash them. If the paddle board goes beneath the water, it might go and it could be really distressing. The leash may also wrap around the dog and trap him in the event of a fall.
- When a dog gets thirsty, he should try drinking on the SUP side. Although you’re not going to damage a little salt water, you don’t want to promote it. Take some fresh water and give it periodically to your dog.
- Note the sun ‘s influence. Dogs should not be exposed to unregulated sunlight, so use your dog’s sun block or find a way to build a little refuge.
- Clean your dog as soon as you would if you were on salt water. Salt can irritate your dog and cause ear infections if not cleaned properly.
- If your dog struggles with water spray, you can buy a couple of Doggles to help keep salt water out of their eyes.
As with beginners, your dog can do some good, but if it’s well trained and you’ve followed safety protocols, you’ll like to be out on the water as much as you do.