Activities For Skateboarders With Dogs

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If you are one of the many dog enthusiasts who also love to skateboard then this article is for you! You need to figure out how to make your love for dogs and your desire to skateboard all day into one happy activity. You will be happier and your dog will be happier as well when they become part of this important aspect of your life. Luckily, there is plenty to do with a dog and a skateboard! From burpees to skatejoring, we have it all. Read on to see what you and your little boarder can do!

Skateboarding

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
60 min
Items needed
Collar
Treats
Skateboard
Activity description
The most natural thing a person who loves skateboarding can do with their dog is teach the pup to skateboard too! In fact, it may not be as hard as it seems - many dogs really enjoy the thrill of cruising around on four wheels and are instant skateboard pros. Of course, you do need to take some time to teach your pup how to skateboard correctly and safely before sending them down a big hill! These steps will help guide you and show you how to teach your dog to become a skateboard master so that you and your pup can skateboard together any time you'd like. Pick a nice sunny day to head outside with your board and don't worry about investing in an expensive board for your dog, any cheap or old board will do!
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Dog meets board
Before expecting your dog to hop right on to the skateboard and glide away, you should take the time to introduce them to the skateboard. Let your dog sniff it and circle it, paw at the board and even flip it over a few times. Once they are familiar with the skateboard, they will be more likely to get excited when they see it rather than shy away. Then, let your dog stand on the board while preventing it from moving. Once your dog is used to standing on a stationary board, it's time to move!
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Rock it
Once your dog is able to stand on the skateboard easily and without hesitation, try rocking it back and forth gently to let them get the hang of balancing. The first few times, your dog may jump off when the board moves but be patient and let them try again. Eventually, they will like the motion and then, it's time to really skateboard.
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Skate time
Have your dog stand with one front and one back paw on the skateboard and the other paws on the ground. Use your hands to guide the paws on the ground to push the ground, causing the board to move forward. When the board moves forward, give your pup a treat. This step will take a while for your dog to learn but eventually, they will get that pushing the board forward is the way to get to a treat. After that, it is all gravy! You and your dog can skateboard together anytime you'd like!
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Skate-friendly Workouts

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
60 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
There are plenty of exercises you can do to help improve your skateboarding because, after all, it takes a lot of muscles to be a great skateboarder! From leg muscles to the ability to balance and control a moving platform, you're going to need to work out to gain strength! Not to worry, your dog can help! In fact, working out with your dog will make a boring workout much more exciting and fun. Tell your pup that it's time to start your daily workout and they are bound to get excited - know why? Because it means they are getting lots of treats!
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Burpee dogs
If you have never heard of a burpee, get ready to learn about one of the hardest and most effective exercises out there. Start standing up then squat down, place your hands by your feet and jump your feet back into a push up position. Do one push up then jump your feet back up by your hands, stand up and jump straight up. Have your dog do this exercise with you - when you go into the push up position, have your dog lie down, when you stand up, they get up too. Toss them a treat every now and then as well - everyone deserves a reward during a workout! This exercise will help your legs and your core for your skateboarding adventures.
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Wall sit and stay
Stand with your back against a wall and then slide down into a sitting position, making yourself look like you are sitting in a chair. Tell your dog to sit and to stay as well, holding a treat for them as encouragement. Hold the sitting position for one minute (you will feel you things burn, a great sign as strong things muscles will help your skateboarding!). Can your dog also sit patiently for a whole minute? Now that is a real challenge!
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Sit ups
A lot of skateboarders ignore their core muscles but these are what will really help you with stamina and strength when out on the board. Lay down on your back with a bowl of dog treats by your side. Have your dog sit by your knees. Grab a treat and sit all the way up, handing the treat to your dog. Lay back down, grab another treat and do another sit up, passing the treat to your dog. Your dog is going to absolutely love when you do sit ups!
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Skatejoring

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Helmet
Skateboard
Leash
Harness
waste bags
Activity description
If you love the idea of being able to go fast on your skateboard with little effort on your part, then skatejoring is for you. Skatejoring is a sport where your dog pulls you on a skateboard similar to how a dog would pull a dog sled. With you holding one end of a leash and your dog attached to the other, they run forward and you move with them on your skateboard. This is also a fantastic way for your dog to get in a good workout while you get to cruise around on your board! Everyone wins in skatejoring!
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Equipment
To begin skatejoring, you will need a leash with a strong handle, a skateboard and a harness for your dog. Look for a harness specifically for skatejoring or for one that attaches around your dog's chest. You don't want your dog to be pulling from their neck so any collar type harness will not do. Your dog will also be able to pull you faster when they are able to pull with their whole body!
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Time to go
The first time you bring your dog skatejoring, you may be surprised that they do not immediately run forward. However, this is a new scenario for them and they may not know that it is time to go! Toss a treat in front of your dog, forcing them to take a few steps forward to get the treat and pull you forward. Keep the treats coming, tossing them a few feet in front of your dog each time.
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Cruising
Once your dog gets the idea behind skatejoring, they will be excited to run whenever they see you pull out that skateboard. Put your helmet on and get your dog suited in their harness and go skateboarding every day! With your dog pulling you and leading the way, this is going to be unlike any other skateboarding experience you have had before. Fast and fun for everyone, skatejoring with your dog is a must!
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Watch and Learn

Bring your dog to a skateboarding competition where you can watch the pros compete and do all types of great skateboarding tricks. Your dog will enjoy being with you and spending some time outside while you get to watch your favorite sport.

Skate Park

Bring your dog to a skate park with you and let them run around. There is plenty for your dog to run on and jump over while you practice your skateboard tricks.

Conclusion

Skateboarding is definitely a sport for dogs. Whether your dog is on the board themselves, pulling you by running ahead of the board or helping you work out and become stronger, there is so much your pup can do! In fact, there is never a reason to leave your dog behind when you go out skateboarding, they should always be right there with you! Let your dog try their paw at these activities and then the two of you can skate together forever!