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How to Stand Up Paddle Board With Your Dog

20 Jun 2024

The Complete Guide to Stand Up Paddleboarding with Dogs

 
If you're a dog lover and a paddleboarding enthusiast, combining these two passions can lead to an unforgettable adventure. 
At Newell Paddle Boards, we believe that paddleboarding with your furry friend is not only possible but also incredibly enjoyable. 
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Is paddleboarding right for your dog?

Before you hit the water, it's essential to ensure that paddle boarding is suitable for your dog. According to Nicole Ellis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Pet Lifestyle Expert with Rover, any dog fit enough to swim and climb back on the board with your assistance can participate. Puppies and dogs sensitive to heat and cold need extra consideration regarding weather and water temperature.

Ali Smith, a professional dog trainer and founder of Rebarkable, emphasizes the importance of considering your dog’s breed and preferences. Breeds like Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and English Setters love to swim, whereas breeds like French Bulldogs might need special life jackets due to their body type. Training and socialization levels are also crucial. While well-trained dogs can start as early as six months old, it might be easier to wait until they are 18-24 months old.

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Why paddleboarding with your dog is a perfect idea

Paddleboarding with your dog offers numerous benefits:

  • Bonding Time: Spending time on the water strengthens the bond between you and your dog.
  • Exercise: Both you and your dog get a good workout, improving physical fitness.
  • Mental Stimulation: New sights, sounds, and smells keep your dog mentally stimulated.
  • Nature Enjoyment: Experience the tranquillity and beauty of nature together.
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How to introduce your dog to the SUP Board

Start on Land: Place the board and paddle on the ground. Use treats and praise to encourage your dog to get on and off the board.

Stabilize the Board: Hold the board steady if it’s wobbly until your dog builds confidence.

Positive Reinforcement: Scatter treats on the board and rewards your dog for getting on, sitting, and laying down. Repeat these steps with the life jacket on.

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How to start paddleboarding with your dog

Begin in Shallow Water: Place the board in shallow water and encourage your dog to hop on using a cue like “Up.”

Down Position: Try to have your dog lie down for better stability.

Transition to Deeper Water: Gradually move to deeper water and get on the board with your dog. Start by kneeling to find your balance and transition to standing as you become more comfortable.

Balancing Tips: Keep your dog in the middle of the board. This helps with weight distribution and balance.

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Safety tips for paddleboarding with your dog

Falling Off the Board: Practice lifting your dog by their life jacket handle on land first, then in shallow water. Always lift by the life jacket, not the collar.

Ingesting Saltwater: Avoid salt water and always bring fresh water. Monitor for signs of water intoxication and saltwater ingestion.

Avoiding Heatstroke: Watch for signs like heavy panting, rapid heart rate, and excessive drooling. Use dog sunscreen for lighter-skinned or less furry dogs. Safety tips for paddle boarding with your dog

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Step-by-Step Guide to SUP with Your Dog

Before You Hit the Water

1. Select the Right Board

The best paddle boards for dogs are wider and longer, providing more stability. We recommend boards that are at least ten feet long and 32 inches wide. Newell Paddle Boards offers models like the Newell Balance Pro and Newell Stability Max, which are perfect for paddling with dogs.

2. Ensure Good Surface Grip

A full deck pad provides the best grip for your dog’s paws. If your board doesn’t have a large enough deck pad, consider using old yoga mats or bath mats with suction cups as alternatives.

3. PFD (Pooch Flotation Device)

Even if your dog is a good swimmer, a life jacket adds an extra layer of safety. Ensure it fits well and has a handle for lifting.

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Introducing Your Dog to the Board

1. Teach Basic Commands

Make sure your dog knows commands like “sit” and “stay.” These are crucial for maintaining control on the board.

2. Get Comfortable with the Board

Introduce your dog to the paddle board on solid ground. Let them sniff and explore it at their own pace.

3. Use Treats for Positive Reinforcement

Place treats on the board to encourage your dog to get on and reward them for good behaviour.

4. Do a Dry Run

With your dog wearing a life jacket, practice standing on the board together on land.

5. Practice Commands for Getting Off the Board

Teach a specific command for getting off the board and only reward your dog when they follow it.

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On the Water

1. Start in Shallow Water

Let your dog get on the board in shallow water. Walk the board around and allow them to jump off if they need to.

2. Begin Paddling

Start paddling on your knees for better balance, then stand up when you and your dog are comfortable.

3. Keep it Short

For the first few outings, keep your sessions short and gradually increase the duration.

4. Prepare for Jumps

Be ready for your dog to jump off at any time. Ensure you’re in deep enough water to avoid hazards.

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Post-Paddle Care

1. Rinse Your Dog

After paddling, rinse off any saltwater or sand to prevent skin irritation.

2. Monitor for Health Issues

Keep an eye out for any signs of heatstroke, saltwater ingestion, or other health issues.

3. Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Make sure your dog drinks plenty of fresh water.

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Get Out on the Water with Newell Stand Up Paddle Boards!

By following these tips and taking the time to properly prepare, you and your dog will be ready for safe and fun paddleboarding adventures. Don’t leave your best friend on shore next time you’re out on your paddle board. Enjoy the bonding experience and create unforgettable memories together!

Have a suggestion we missed or a great picture of you and your dog paddle boarding? Email us at hello@newelloutdoors.ca.

 

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