Paddleboarding with your dog is a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors. With the right approach, you can properly introduce your pup to your SUP and be on the water in no time at all. While paddling with your pooch isn’t a difficult activity to learn, there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to safety and overall enjoyment.
In this article, we’ll discuss seven great SUP pup tips that will help you skip some of the frustration and safety mistakes that many make. Our easy-to-follow list will take you from newbie to pro pooch paddler, and we know that you’ll end up having a safer, more enjoyable time on the water with your four-legged friend as a result of these simple tips.
TIP #1: Introduce Your Pup to Your SUP Before Paddling Out
When you’re just starting out, the last thing that you want to do is immediately throw your pooch on your board and paddle out. Your dog has not had time to get comfortable with the idea of standing on your board, and it’s important that the two of them are properly introduced.
With the fins on your Thurso Surf board removed, lay the board flat on the ground at home or in your yard and let your dog check things out. Allow them time to sniff the board and become comfortable around it. After some time has passed, lay a few treats on the board and encourage them to get up on the board’s deck and move around. Repeat the process of letting your dog get comfortable when you get to your paddle site.
It’s really important that your dog makes a positive connection with your board from the very beginning, and taking the time to do that will ensure that the transition to water is a smooth one.