The Ultimate Guide to Paddle boarding with Your Dog: Tips, Tricks, and Gear Recommendations.

Key Highlights

  1. Choosing the Right Paddle Board: Stability, size, and durability considerations for canine companions.
  2. Preparing Your Dog for Paddleboarding: Gradual introduction to the board, swimming skills, and obedience training.
  3. Essential Gear for Dog Paddleboarding: Life jackets, non-slip deck pads, and safety leashes.
  4. Paddleboarding Tips with Your Dog: Strategies for balance, commands for getting on and off the board, and maintaining comfort.
  5. Safety First: Importance of personal flotation devices (PFDs), checking weather conditions, and being mindful of your surroundings.

Introduction: Share the SUP Adventure with Your Furry Friend

Paddle boarding isn't just an exhilarating outdoor activity; it's a way to bond with your dog while enjoying the serenity of waterways. With preparation, training, and the right gear, your paddle boarding sessions can become a cherished activity for both of you.

  1. Choosing the Right Paddleboard.

When paddle boarding with your dog, it's crucial to choose the right board. Consider the following factors when selecting a board suitable for you and your pup:

  • Stability: A stable board is essential for keeping you and your dog safe and secure. Look for a board with a wide deck and high weight capacity, like those found in our inflatable paddle boards collection.

  • Size: Your paddleboard should have enough room for both you and your dog to sit or stand comfortably. If you have a large dog, consider a board with a longer deck.

  • Durability: Dogs' nails can be sharp, so it's essential to choose a durable paddleboard that can withstand potential scratches. Many inflatable paddleboards, like the ones we offer at Glide, are made from robust materials designed to resist punctures and damage.

  1. Preparing Your Dog for Paddle boarding.

Before hitting the water with your dog, take some time to prepare them for the experience. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Familiarize your dog with the paddleboard: Introduce your dog to the board on dry land, allowing them to sniff, explore, and even sit or stand on it. This will help them become more comfortable with the board before taking it into the water.

  • Practice basic commands: Ensure your dog knows and can follow basic commands like "sit," "stay," and "come." This will help keep them safe and under control while on the water.

  • Gradually introduce water: If your dog is not used to being in or around water, start by introducing them to shallow water, like a kiddie pool or calm lake. Gradually increase the depth and water conditions as they become more comfortable.

  • Swimming ability: Make sure your dog is a confident swimmer before taking them out on a paddleboard. If they're not strong swimmers, consider using a dog life jacket to provide extra buoyancy and safety. I always use a dog life jacket with my dog nephew's and nieces.

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  1. Gear and Accessories for Paddle boarding with Your Dog.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable paddle boarding experience with your dog, you'll need some essential gear and accessories:

  • Dog life jacket: A dog life jacket provides extra buoyancy and safety for your pup while on the water. Look for one with a handle on top, which allows you to lift your dog back onto the board if they fall off.

  • Non-slip deck pad: A non-slip deck pad can help your dog maintain their footing while on the board. You can find these pads designed specifically for paddleboards, or use a yoga mat or bath mat as an alternative.

  • Leash: While it's not always necessary to have your dog on a leash while paddleboarding, it can be helpful for controlling them in crowded or unfamiliar areas. Consider using a long, retractable leash that allows your dog some freedom to move around the board.

  • Dry bag: Bring a dry bag to store your belongings, like your phone, wallet, keys, and any dog supplies (treats, water, poop bags) you may need.

  • Sun protection: Dogs can get sunburned too, so protect your pup from the sun by applying pet-safe sunscreen on their exposed skin, such as their nose and ears.

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  1. Tips for Paddle boarding with Your Dog.

Now that you've prepared your dog and gathered the necessary gear, it's time to hit the water. Here are some tips to ensure a fun and safe paddle boarding experience with your pup:

  • Start in calm, shallow water: Begin your paddle boarding adventure in a calm, shallow area where your dog can easily swim and touch the bottom. This will help them feel more comfortable and confident on the board.

  • Help your dog onto the board: Gently lift or guide your dog onto the board, allowing them to find their balance before you get on. Start by having them sit or lay down near the front of the board while you stand or kneel at the back.

  • Maintain your balance: When paddle boarding with your dog, it's essential to maintain your balance and keep the board steady. Keep your knees slightly bent and your weight centered, adjusting as needed to counterbalance your dog's movements.

  • Take breaks: Paddle boarding can be tiring for both you and your dog, so take breaks to rest, hydrate, and let your dog swim around and explore. This will help prevent fatigue and keep the experience enjoyable for both of you.

  • Use positive reinforcement: Reward your dog with praise and treats for good behavior and following commands while on the board. This will help reinforce their training and make the experience more enjoyable for them.

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  1. Safety Tips for Paddle boarding with Your Dog.

Safety should always be a top priority when paddle boarding, especially when you're out on the water with your furry friend. Follow these safety tips to ensure a fun and incident-free experience:

  • Always use a personal flotation device (PFD): While you may be a confident swimmer, wearing a PFD is crucial for your safety and that of your dog. In case of an emergency, a PFD will help you stay afloat and assist your dog if needed.

  • Check the weather and water conditions: Before heading out, always check the weather and water conditions to ensure they're suitable for paddle boarding. Avoid going out in high winds, rough waters, or during storms, as these conditions can be dangerous for both you and your dog.

  • Be aware of your surroundings: While on the water, pay attention to other watercraft, swimmers, and potential hazards, such as rocks, shallow areas, or debris. Keep a safe distance from these obstacles to avoid accidents.

  • Keep an eye on your dog: Continuously monitor your dog's behavior and well-being while on the board. If they show signs of distress, fatigue, or overheating, take a break and address the issue.

  • Carry a whistle or other signaling device: In case of an emergency, having a whistle or other signaling device can help you attract attention and get assistance.

Conclusion: Creating Memorable Moments on the Water

Paddle boarding with your dog opens up a world of fun and exploration. By following this guide, you're well on your way to safe and enjoyable paddle boarding experiences with your beloved pet. Embrace these moments on the water, where every splash and paddle brings you closer.

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Ekko's Paddle Board Recomendations.

Ekko has two boards that he absolutely loves to paddle board on, the Glide Lotus is one of his favorite boards, to the point that if I am moving it in the yard or loading it up I have to make sure he does not see it. Both the hard version and the Lotus inflatable paddle boards has his paw of approval.

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The other board he enjoys is the Glide 02 Angler, this one makes his tail wag as he knows this board means he will have a couple days of adventure time or the rest of the pack is coming with him.

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To be honest, Ekko has put his paw of approval on all Glide paddle boards other than the God Speed Mark II as he has not tried that board out.