Taking Your Dog Paddle Boarding

Bringing your dog along for a paddleboarding adventure adds an unparalleled layer of fun and companionship to your aquatic explorations. GlideSup.com celebrates this unique bonding experience, offering practical advice to ensure you and your four-legged pal enjoy every moment safely and comfortably.

Choosing the Right SUP for Your Canine Companion

Selecting a suitable paddleboard is your first step towards a memorable paddleboarding journey with your dog. Here's what to consider:

  • Durability and Stability: Inflatable SUPs like the Glide Lotus are our top picks for their resilience and stability, perfect for accommodating your pup.
  • Ample Space: Opt for boards with a full-length deck pad, ensuring both you and your dog have ample room to lounge and paddle comfortably.
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Essential Gear for Dog Paddleboarding

  • Paddleboard: A stable board with a full deck pad is ideal. Our favorite, the Glide Lotus, offers exceptional stability and plenty of room.
  • Dog Life Jacket: Even strong swimmers need a life jacket. Choose one with a handle for easy rescues.
  • Nail Care: Keep your dog's nails trimmed to protect the board's deck pad from scratches.

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Preparing Your Dog for Paddleboarding

Acclimating your dog to the paddleboard on dry land is crucial. Introduce the board in a familiar setting, use treats to encourage exploration, and practice the on-water position to build confidence.

Launching Your First Dog-Paddle Adventure

Starting in calm waters, help your dog adapt to the board's movements. Maintain stability by paddling on your knees at first, and gradually stand up as you both gain confidence.

A Personal Paw-Paddle Story

Our inaugural dog-paddle experience along a serene river revealed the importance of a calm location and the effectiveness of pre-adventure training. Despite initial hesitations, the day blossomed into an unforgettable bonding adventure.


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Safety Tips for Paddleboarding with Your Dog

  • Life Jacket: Always equip your dog with a life jacket designed for easy lifting.
  • Training: Familiarize your dog with the water and paddleboarding in a controlled environment.
  • Health Check: Ensure your dog is in good health and physically capable of joining you on the water.

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Conclusion: Embrace the Adventure Together

Paddleboarding with your dog not only strengthens your bond but also introduces a fresh perspective on nature's beauty. For those eager to embark on this journey, consider the Glide Angler, Lotus, and Lochsa for their stability and dog-friendliness, making them some of the best paddleboards for your adventures.

Whether you're a seasoned paddler or new to the sport, bringing your dog along promises an enriching experience that deepens the connection between you and your furry friend against the backdrop of nature's splendor.

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If you’re dying to try paddling with your pup this spring, check out the Angler, the Lotus and the Retro. All three are very stable boards that are some of the best paddleboards for dogs!


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