What to expect:
Some dogs will stay on the board almost the whole time, some will want to go swimming! Just depends on your dog. It’s recommended to try paddling first without your dog so you can get the motion, especially if you’re not sure how your dog will be.
Dog Leash or No Dog Leash? Take a walk, play fetch
Wobble board, sit/stay center board, targeting. if you have a chance for them to stand on the board.
What to Bring:
- Towel for afterwards to dry off or for wet paws in the car
- If you wear glasses, an eyeglass strap is recommended
- water for you and your dog and water bowl
- LIFE JACKET FOR YOUR DOG & YOURSELF
You might consider putting some sunscreen on your dog as well, especially if you have a lighter skin dog. Be mindful of the sun and the temperatures. That not only includes the time on the board, but before and after. While on the board splash some water on them and on the board to help keep them cool.
What to Wear:
- Life Jacket for your dog
- A Personal Flotation Device for you
- Barefoot or water shoes
- Swimsuit or clothes you don’t mind getting wet
- Sunglasses and/or Hat
A life jacket for you dog is a must even if they’re strong swimmers. Why? There’s a few reasons, one is it is so much easier to pick them up by the handle to get them back on the board because chances are your dog will go for a swim. Then of course safety. Even strong swimmers can get tired and they may take in too much water “dry drowning” so the jacket helps keep them above water.
I personally like to wear short shorts and a tank top or long sleeves to avoid getting sun because I have fair skin. Do remember a new dog, may become scared and scratch you while trying to get back on the board so you may want to wear long sleeves for that reason.
If you wear glasses/sunglasses a strap is recommended so you don’t lose them if you fall in. Same goes with a hat, wear one you don’t mind losing.
Depends on where you’re paddling at, but water shoes might be a good investment. I normally go barefoot and leave my sandals on land, but I plan on buying me a pair for the next time. The rocks walking up to the board aren’t that comfortable on my feet and there could be fish hooks around…. which is also good to scope the area first to help protect your dog’s paws as well.
Make sure to reward them with praise! It’s a new, fun experience and you’ll probably want to do it again! Also they probably will need a potty break or run around after being on the board so long and before the car ride back home. After paddling rinse your dog’s coat especially if you’ve been in salty water. I always plan accordingly to give my dog a bath when we get home or by the next day to get any sand, dirt and lake water off their hair. You may call your groomer in advanced to already schedule their appointment if you’re not comfortable bathing them yourself.