Standup paddling with a dog: explained step by step

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Standup paddling with a dog: explained step by step

Riding the SUP board (or stand-up paddling) is becoming more and more popular … and it’s a lot of fun even with a dog. The following tips will help you to ensure that it is also a pleasure for your dog and that you do not end up unexpectedly and all too suddenly in the cool water.

SUP with dog: step-by-step instructions

Step 1: Slowly get the dog used to the board

First, you should carefully accustom your dog to the SUP board. It is best to put a wet towel or a rubber mat over the board so that your dog has a good grip and does not scratch the board immediately if he gets stressed and wants to get down again quickly.

At the beginning, stay next to the board yourself and try to keep it as stable as possible. A second person may be helpful to stabilize the board while you take full care of your dog.

Step 2: familiarize yourself with the board

Next, you should first familiarize yourself with the SUP board on your own. To do this, sit on the baord or kneel down and start paddling for the first time. It’s not that easy to keep the board on course.

If you feel more and more confident, you can try getting up slowly for the first time. Make sure that your feet are centered on the board. Without a dog, this is best to the right and left of the handle. With the dog in front of you on the board, your optimal position is a little further back so that the board lies optimally in the water.

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Step 3: building trust in the dog

Do you feel ready to give your dog a try? Then start sitting down again. And also give your dog the opportunity to find his balance in peace and to feel more and more secure on the board. For example, you could practice shaking hands. Or ask your dog from the seat to the seat.

TIP: Practice with your dog that he always has to stay calm on the board until you give him a signal that he can jump off. Because if your dog later unprepared for you, you will go swimming with him!

Step 4: start paddling with your dog

When you and your dog both feel safe, start paddling … again until you sit or kneel. Because in motion it is something else for your dog. He also has to get used to the fact that you keep moving the paddle over his head to the other side.

Step 5: SUP standing with dog

Then comes the great test of balance and trust … on both sides! Does it work while standing? EXCELLENT! To be on the safe side, stay close to the shore at the beginning in case you should go swimming involuntarily. If you intend to drive far away from the shore and in very cool waters, then it is advisable to get a life jacket for your dog. With the handle on the back, you can also help him back on the board much better.