Activities For Dogs With Owners Who Like Skateboarding

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Introduction

If you are a fan of skateboarding and you also own a dog, then you have come to the right place! This article will show you multiple ways to take your love of skateboarding and your love for your dog and make them one. If you think that your pup can't participate in your favorite skateboarding activities, think again! Many dogs actually love to skateboard. So grab your board, maybe one for your dog too and get ready to go!

Skateboard

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Skateboard
Treats
Activity description

The first activity you can try with your dog is to teach them to actually skateboard. This trick is not only fun for your dog but also fun for you as you can skateboard along with them. It may take a little bit of time to get your dog accustomed to riding on a skateboard but once they feel the wind in their fur, they will never look back! Have some patience, bring a bunch of treats and make sure that your dog is safe at all times (don't send them flying down a steep hill on a skateboard the first time they try to ride!). 

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Skateboard fit
Grab a skateboard that is a good size for your dog. Smaller boards are trickier to balance on, so opt for a long board even if you have a small dog (long boards are more stable and therefore easier for your dogs first ride). Go to a location that is nice and flat, not too crowded and allows dogs.
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Rolling
Lure your dog onto the skateboard with treats or by simply picking them up and placing them on the board. Try to make the skateboard steady and don't let it roll around much when your dog is first on to ensure that they do not get scared. Let your dog stand or sit on the board and give them treats and praise so they associate the skateboard with something good.
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Go! Go! Go!
Gently roll the skateboard back and forth so that your dog learns to balance. If they jump off, lure them back on the board. Once they seem comfortable, push them around slowly on the skateboard- this is getting fun! Once your dog likes the board, teach them to run and jump on it to get some momentum - your dog is skateboarding! Hurray!
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Skatejoring

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Skateboard
Treats
Harness
Rope/Leash
Helmet
Activity description

Skatejoring is an actual sport where your dog pulls you on a skateboard rather than riding one themselves. There are specific harnesses designed for skatejoring that you should definitely get to safely do this activity with your pup. However, once you have all the equipment, skatejoring is so much fun! You get to skateboard, your dog gets to run and pull (getting out some energy in the process) and you get a free ride around town! This is perfect if your dog is hesitant to get on the board by themselves but you still want to skateboard with your pup. 

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Equipment purchase
Purchase the equipment needed for skatejoring. This will include a harness for your dog and a rope or leash. Make sure everything fits properly before heading out on the road. While you can use a makeshift harness and rope, it is much safer for you and your pup to invest in the real deal.
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Go forward
Attach your dog to the harness, clip on the leash and stand on your skateboard. Help your pup get started by throwing a treat far in front of them so they have to pull forward to get it. As they move forward, call a command that you will use to get your dog to run - "mush" for example is perfect!
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Practice often
Keep training your dog to move forward and pull you on the skateboard as often as possible. The more your dog grows accustomed to skatejoring the better they will get and the faster they will go (making the ride more fun for you!). Expect your pup to be tired after this activity - it is hard work to skatejore!
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Surfing

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Hot Day
Moderate
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Surfboard
Treats
Towel
Activity description

Surfing can definitely be compared to skateboarding as both activities require balancing on a board and riding along either on land or in the water. If your dog has become a pro skateboarder, you may want to try surfing next! This activity is especially great in the summer when the weather may be too hot to be out skateboarding all day - the cold refreshing ocean will fix that problem! You don't even need big waves for your dog to try to surf, in fact, you don't need waves at all. A board and some water will be all you need! 

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The board
Get a surfboard that is big enough for both you and your dog to sit and stand on. The longer the board the better especially when your dog is just beginning to surf. Start by laying the board down on the ground or in the sand and have your dog sit and stand on top. This will get them comfortable on the board and teach them that it is safe.
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Dive in
Head into the water with your pup. You can have them start on the surfboard (this is the easiest option) or swim alongside you and then pick them up and place them on the board. Let your dog sit, lie down or stand - whatever they feel most comfortable doing!
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Surf's up!
Hold onto the board and push it around so your pup gets the feel of the ocean. Jump on top with your dog and paddle to catch a wave - start small to ensure your dog is having fun. Paddle back out and get a bigger wave and keep going! If there aren’t any big waves in your area, make your dog "surf" by moving the surfboard around yourself in the water.
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Competition

Enroll your dog in a skateboarding competition just for pups. Your dog can compete on events like speed, tricks or agility. There is a whole world of skateboarding dogs out there!

Skate Park

Bring your dog to a skate park with you. There is plenty of space for them to run and jump around on the obstacles. Just make sure they don't get in the way of other skateboarders!

Conclusion

Skateboarding is something that you and your pup can do together in many different forms. While your pup may like jumping on a board just like you, they may also prefer just to run in front while pulling you behind them. No matter what your pup's preference, skateboarding activities are perfect for dogs with a lot of energy who have owners who want to get out there and ride. Grab your board, grab your dog and ride.