SUP with pups! 5 Tips for taking your dog stand-up paddleboarding

Grab a board from The Paddle Lifestyle for an epic adventure with your pup

What’s the most fun you can have on a paddleboard? Taking your dog, of course!

There are so many things to do with your furry friend in the Okanagan, but one of the most popular adventures to take your dog on these days is a stand-up paddleboard excursion.

Stand-up paddleboarding is a great activity to enjoy with your dog, as you can get out in nature together, practice balance and have a little fun. Having a great SUP board, like the boards from The Paddle Lifestyle, makes the experience even better.

Before you hop on a board with your pup, there are a few things that you should do to prepare. The Paddle Lifestyle talked to canine behaviour specialist Wayne Dorman to learn more.

5 Tips from Wayne Dorman of Dogzies Pet Services Inc.

  1. Make sure that your dog has a life jacket that fits them properly. No matter how good of a swimmer they are, should your pup jump or fall off the board, you can keep them safe with a life jacket that fits well.
  2. Try it on land first. Dorman suggests balancing a SUP board on two Bosu balls to simulate the feeling of being on the water, and have your pup jump up and get used to the motion.
  3. Ensure that your dog has basic obedience training and trusts you before getting out on the water. They will need to be in a calm state and trust that you will keep them safe.
  4. Keep your pup’s nail cut short or get them a set of water boots. It will help them to keep steady and balanced, and presents less of a chance of the dog damaging the board.
  5. Choose the right SUP board for taking your dog out on the water. You want to make sure that you have enough room on the board for your dog to be comfortable.

You are sure to find the right SUP board for you and your best pal from The Paddle Lifestyle. You can choose from plenty of different options, including rigid and inflatable boards as well as kayaks, and the company’s co-founder Jaeger Johnson would be happy to help you choose the board best suited for you and your dog.

With the proper training, tools and SUP board, taking your dog out on a paddleboard can be a great bonding experience for the two of you and open your pup up to a new adventure. Make sure that they feel comfortable with water and swimming, and then hop on for a paddle at a quiet area on one of the many beautiful lakes in the Okanagan.

Just Posted

Lake Country brain injury rehab community celebrates 10 years

CONNECT recognized staff and residents at an anniversary celebration June 21

Kootnekoff: WCB review wants your comments

Filed a Workers’ Compensation Board claim within the past 15 years?

One woman “shaken up” after minor collision on Hwy 97

Officials say the road should be cleared sooner rather than later

City of Kelowna pens deal with e-scooter share company

Spin, a U.S.-based company, will make its international debut with 400 scooters in Kelowna

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Two mudslides close Seymour Arm road in North Shuswap, no one injured

Slides hit Seymour Arm Main Forest Service Road halfway between St. Ives and Seymour Arm

“Our community has had its heart broken”: South Okanagan celebrates life of David Kampe

Community and families members who knew Kampe give tearful addresses

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

Lower lake levels could create bumper crop of invasive milfoil

The CSRD board received an update on efforts to suppress the invasive aquatic plant

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Vernon and Sicamous cannabis stores get provincial nod

Spiritleaf in Vernon will be the Okanagan’s first cannabis store.

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Most Read