Embarking on an Adventure with Your Furry Friend

Paddle boards and furry friends are a great combination. Find out how to navigate with your pup on board.


Taking your four-legged companion on a paddleboarding journey can transform an ordinary day into an extraordinary adventure. Imagine the sun warming your skin, the gentle lap of water against your board, and your faithful friend by your side. At Glide, we understand the unique bond between paddle boarders and their pets, which is why we're dedicated to making every outing unforgettable.

dog on an inflatable stand up paddle board

Choosing the Perfect Board

The journey begins with selecting the right board. When paddle boarding with pets, stability and comfort are paramount. Inflatable paddle boards are the go-to choice for pet owners. Their superior stability, non-slip surfaces, and cushioned feel make them ideal for your pet's paws. Whether your furry friend is a pint-sized pooch or a larger breed, the right inflatable paddle board can accommodate your needs, ensuring a pleasant experience for both of you.

Gear Up for Safety and Comfort

Safety is non-negotiable, especially when bringing your pet along. A pet-specific Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is essential, not just for safety, but for your peace of mind. Adding a non-slip mat to your board can give your pet extra confidence and stability. For those longer journeys or chillier days, consider a pet wetsuit to keep your companion cozy. And remember, a coiled leash for your paddle board and a flat leash for your pet will keep tangles at bay.

Creating Positive Associations

The key to a successful paddle boarding experience with your pet lies in preparation and patience. Start on dry land, letting your pet explore the board at their own pace. Use treats and positive reinforcement to build a strong, positive association. Gradually introduce water in a calm, controlled environment, always prioritizing your pet's comfort. Short, enjoyable sessions will build confidence and trust, paving the way for longer adventures.

Safety Above All

Ensuring your pet's safety enhances the joy of the experience. A well-fitted pet PFD is crucial, offering buoyancy and a convenient handle for lifting them back onto the board. Start your training on land, progressing slowly to shallow waters. This gentle introduction helps your pet adapt to the sensation of floating, making them more comfortable when you venture further.

Choosing the Right Paddle Board

dog on an inflatable board

For those frequent adventures, the right paddle board makes all the difference. A wider, larger board offers stability, which is crucial when paddling with pets. Glide's inflatable paddle boards are not only pet-friendly but also easy to transport and store, perfect for adventurers with limited space. Remember to consider the board's weight capacity to ensure safety for both you and your furry companion.

Packing Essentials for the Adventure

Before setting sail, pack plenty of water and snacks for both you and your pet. Protect your furry friend from the sun with pet-friendly sunscreen, and if you're planning an overnight adventure, our SUP camping guide offers valuable tips for a smooth experience.

The Joy of Paddle Boarding with Your Pet

The most crucial aspect of paddle boarding with your pet is to enjoy the moment. Celebrate your pet's bravery and curiosity with praise and treats, fostering a love for the water and the sport. Patience is key; not all pets will take to paddle boarding immediately, but with time and positive experiences, your pet may grow to love it as much as you do.

Embarking on Your Journey Together

paddle board for pets

Paddle boarding with your pet is an adventure that strengthens bonds and creates lasting memories. With the right preparation and mindset, you can ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for both of you. Glide is here to support you every paddle of the way, from selecting the perfect board to offering tips for a successful outing.

As you share your adventures on social media, don't forget to use the hashtag #GlideSUP. Your stories inspire us and the paddleboarding community, showcasing the incredible bond between paddle boarders and their pets. For further advice or questions about paddle boarding with pets, our team is always here to help, ensuring you and your pet have the best experience on the water.