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Dog on board

Discussion started by Susan Simmons 2 years ago
I don't know if i'm in the right place for this, but I'll ask anyway. My dog is a golden retriever. Supposedly, they LOVE water. He loves snow. How do i train him to ride on my board in flat water with me? How do i get him back on the board if he jumps off? He weighs 85 pounds and he's 7 years old. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Jamie Weisbrod
Jamie Weisbrod
Hi Susan,

I have a 75 lb labrador retriever and she loves to sup with me. She is 7 and even rides with
me on my race board.

I started her on a surfboard in the pool.

I would do the following:
- start him getting on or off the board in the house (or wherever works for you). Take off the fin or wrap it in towels/pillows. Give him some command to get on the board and off, use treats if necessary to get his interest.
Make it super fun.
- Use your new commands to get him on and off the board in a pool or at the beach. You may need to play fetch and have him swim to settle him down before trying this. I would wade into the water and control the board without being on it.
- Next step is to sit on the board near shore and have him jump on and off on command.
- I would then progress to paddling on your knees and give commands to tell him where on the board you want him to be. (need to get the board balanced). I added a deckpad on the front of my dog so she wouldn't slide around.
- Then progress to standing and paddling.

To get my dog back on the board I sit (like I am surfing with my legs dangling in the water). I call my dog to the board and she naturally puts her front paws on it (you may have to work on this) and I pull her onto the board by the handle on her lifejacket. You can find a high quality lifejacket at fusionpets.com. You can also find less expensive models at Petsmart but they don't last long. You can see the lifejacket and my labrador on the board in a video at our local lagoon:
http://www.cbs8.com/story/15726186/kayak-fundraiser-to-keep-local-lagoon-afloat?clienttype=printable&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6363290

The other issue is whether your dog likes to jump into the water. If so, there is no way you will stay on the board if you are standing. If you notice he is about to jump go to your knees or a seated position. You may want to teach him to "stay" until you release him from the board.
I am lucky my dog doesn't like to jump off, she likes to lay down and slide in.
2 years ago
Erin Blunt Robbins
Erin Blunt Robbins
I've never paddled with a dog but have seen many people do it. I'd start off in shallow water and work on training him to step on and then stay low. If he does fall off he'd be in water shallow enough to keep him safe if he can't get back on. I wish I could be of more help. Maybe someone who has more experience can chime in! Good luck.
2 years ago

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