Activities For Dogs With Owners Who Like Surfing

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Introduction

If you are an avid surfer or simply really enjoy surfing, then you may want to incorporate your dog into your favorite past time. However, how in the world can you combine your love for your pup with your love for surfing? Well, there are many ways! With this guide, you will discover lots of activities that you can do with your dog that revolve around surfing. So head to the beach, get ready to hit the waves and don't forget to bring your best friend - your pup!

Surf Together

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
Surfboard
Activity description

You may think it's impossible for a dog to surf but it absolutely is not! In fact, lots of dogs love to surf! Riding the waves isn't just for humans and the rush of excitement that you get from catching a nice wave may also be extremely fun for your dog. While teaching your dog to surf may be a little tricky, you can definitely achieve this goal with patience and a lot of practice. Before you begin, make sure that surfing is something your dog would actually enjoy. A dog who doesn't like water, for example, may not really enjoy this activity.

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On land
Begin by teaching your dog to stand on a surfboard on land. Lay your surfboard down and let your dog get comfortable standing and sitting on the board. Then, try to move the board or even lift it up while your dog balances on top. If they appear comfortable, you may be ready for the next step! This is also a good time to get your dog used to wearing a life vest.
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Beach time
Head to the beach with your dog and your board. Choose an area where the waves aren't too big (your dog may get scared!) and jump into the water with your dog and your surf board. Let your dog sit on the board as you paddle around with your pup. Go slow and let them get their 'sea paws'!
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Surfs up
Once your dog is comfortable on a board in the water, it's time to catch some waves. Paddle out as you normally would and wait for the perfect wave. Be sure to keep reassuring your pup and making sure that they are having fun! Catch a small wave to start and watch as your dog surfs for the first time! Dogs who surf are definitely in charge of the beach!
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Beach Time

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Collar
Water Bowl
Leash
Umbrella
Towel
Activity description

If you like surfing then you most likely spend a good amount of time at the beach. Why not bring your dog too? All the sand, the ocean air smells, and the cool water are perfect for a dog. You will get to watch the surfers or even surf yourself while your dog relaxes under an umbrella. When at the beach, you can choose to tie your dog up in the shade so they do not roam away or you can let them run the beach to get out even more energy! This all depends on your dog, your preference and the beach rules. However, no matter what, your pup will love heading to the beach with you!

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Find a beach
Pick a dog friendly beach in your area to visit. You may also want to check the waves of the beach to make sure they are conducive to surfing - dogs and surfing are what you need! Pack up and head to your location! Be sure to bring lots of water for your dog and an umbrella for some shade.
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Play time
Let your dog revel in the sand! Dogs tend to love to dig in the sand as it is satisfying under their paws and super easy to make great holes. Let your dog have fun! You can sit back and watch the waves or head into the water yourself as long as your dog is under the care of a trusted friend.
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Play with water
Let your dog take a dip in the water. A true surfer dog will jump at the chance to cool off in the ocean and you should as well! Try out your doggy paddle or just play by the shoreline. Anytime you are at the beach with your pup is sure to be a great day!
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Stand Up Paddleboard

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Life Vest
Stand Up Paddle Board
Paddle
Towel
Activity description

While paddleboard is not as extreme as surfing, it is an easy way to get your dog accustomed to being on a surfboard and also a way to get you out there on the water. Stand up paddle boarding has also become increasingly trendy so if you don't have a board of your own, you should probably be able to find a rental easily. You also do not need big waves to paddle board (if fact, it's probably better if you do not have big waves!) so you can try this activity in a lake, pond or in the ocean. Think of stand up paddle board as the first doggy step toward real surfing! 

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Get a board
Get a stand up paddle board that is big enough for you and your pup. Most likely, you will be standing in the middle of the board with your dog on the end so be sure there is enough space near the front for your dog to comfortably lay down.
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Beach choices
Find a body of water nearby where you can go to paddle board with your dog. You will have more options than if you were going surfing, since waves are not required! Make sure the location you pick is dog friendly and always be sure to pack some water and a life vest for your pooch.
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Paddle
Let your dog stand on the board on land before moving it into the water. Be sure your dog is comfortable and balanced before paddling out. Paddle further and further once your dog has settled. While some dogs may like to lay down, others will stand up just like you! Those leg muscles will be tired the next day from balancing on the water!
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch

Let's face it, the beach is one of the best places to play fetch. All that open space is perfect to throw a ball for your dog after you finish surfing for the day!

Skateboard

While skateboarding isn't exactly surfing, it uses a lot of the same muscles and movements. Let your dog try out skateboarding themselves or run alongside you as your skateboard.

Conclusion

While you may have been skeptical of finding surfing related activities for your dog, we hope you are surprised and excited by how many activities there are. There is no need to leave your pup at home when you head out to hit the waves! Dogs can easily be part of your love for surfing. Now you will love to surf even more since your pup can tag along too - a happy family is one that surfs together!