Surfing with your canine pal can be great fun and rewarding for both of you in terms of exercise and having fun together. If you're keen to get your dog surfing with you, this article will help you to get your canine used to the waves and surfing like a pro in no time!
Steps to pet surfing
Play with your dog in the water. Let your dog play on the board. ￼Develop your dog's trust (the number one element for success); don't start off too fast and make sure that it is fun for your dog. Get your dog used to the board on the sand or on another suitable surface before going into the water. Test your dog's balance to see where he likes to place himself on the board. Some smaller dogs like the nose of the board, some heavier dogs have a better center of gravity and like the middle to the back of the board. Depending on size, however, your dog should be roughly about two-thirds of the way back, with his tail over the board's fin.
If your dog is too far forward, the board will nosedive under the wave, or the nose will come out of the water and the board won't catch the wave.
Paddle Out: On a longboard, get on the board with the dog and paddle into the waves. You should be behind the dog for best results when paddling through the breakers. On a shortboard or boogie board, put the dog on the board and push him out through the breakers.
The Wave: Start with small waves, roughly 1-2 feet (30cm - 60cm). Even champion surfing dogs don't tackle surf much bigger than 3-4 feet (90cm - 120cm).
Push Off and Shred: Catching the wave is a knack that requires timing, finesse, patience and lots of repetition. Get your dog started in the wave each time and then let him surf the wave on his own. Try to get the dog started right when the waves starts to curl.