Dog Surfing: Teach your Pekingese to Rule the Waves

 


Dog surfing is quite popular especially in the tropical nations. And a lot of pet owners would pay for dog surfing lessons for their beloved pet. Others may be skeptic about the idea but surfers have been surfing with their pets for years. Professional surfers from Waikiki, Hawaii were documented to be surfing with their pets since the 30’s.

It wasn’t until the year 2006 where 2 companies introduced and organized dog surfing competitions in California. One was Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Last 2005, they wanted to find a way to promote their hotel as a pet friendly one. They made the program Loews Loves Pets where guests are welcome to stay in the hotel together with your pets. The company would offered a menu specifically designed for them by welcoming each canine with a gift basket and surfing lessons.

Dog Surfing

Dog Surfing: Teach your Pekingese to Rule the Waves

How to Teach your Peke to Surf

  • Get a Doggy Surfboard. See to it that you will get a surfboard for dogs, otherwise he would be harmed from this experience. Foam boards are not ideal for them since it tears their skin after using it for a while. Also, your peke might also chew on it plus foam boards contain wax which is bad for your dog’s paws. The hard-surfaced dog boards are ideal and see to it that you get the one that has a standard ocean rescue safety release handle on the tail portion. Another plus is the fact that you can customize this kind of board.
  • Keep Safe. Be sure that you would get your pet necessary gear like life jackets, wetsuits, dog beach towels, waterproof bungee leashes, pet tent, travel bed and clean water before indulging on this activity.
  • Starting it Small. Do not immediately bring your pet into the ocean. Begin in a pool and allow him to love the water. Also, make sure that you yourself know how to surf because your pet would be confused if you are not doing it with him.
  • Be an example. Demonstrate to your pet on how excited you are in the water and how eager you are to get in the board so that he would also be fired up to join you. Encourage him to come into the water or to play nearby while you enjoy the waves so that he can see you.
  • Let him be used to the board. Allow him to be comfortable with his board, thus you can feed him on it at home or let him play on the board and give him belly rubs while on it so that he can create positive association with the board. Once comfortable, test his balance by letting him choose which side of the board he prefers to be. Smaller dogs usually prefer on the nose part while the heavier ones love to stay in the middle or back of the board. depending on his size, he should be about 2/3 of the way back with his tail over the board’s fin. Bear in mind that if he is too far forward, his board would nosedive under the wave.
  • Get him a PFT. Be sure to pop your pet’s Personal Flotation Device since this would give your pet a greater flotation in case he would be wiped out by the waves.
  • Paddle Time. Using a long board  get on it wit your pet and paddle out unto the waves. For best results, you should be positioned behind your pet while paddling out. If you are using a boogie board or short board, place him on the board and push him gently over the breakers.
  • Catching the Wave. Begin with small waves, around 1-2 feet. Even pro and champion surfer dogs don’t tackle waves that are above 3-4 feet. Push him off and catch a wave for him. Do this over and over again until he gets used to it and allow him to surf on his own as well. Now, your pet is already surfing. Enjoy!

Dog surfing requires a lot of water exertion, and the waves can be rough sometimes, thus make sure that both you and your pet are strong swimmers before attempting this sport.

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