Some dogs jump right on the board, the first time in the ocean!! But there are others who jump off, and use the surfboard as a diving board! Others are too distracted to focus on surfing, or others who just aren't sure about this new activity. These tips can help those that might be having a hard time getting started, or who don't have much time to spend at the beach. Most of these exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home! They've been prepared as a training template, but you don't have to do each and every step if your dog doesn't need it. We've just identified some of the problems that can arise, and have given you tips to fix them!
These tips will take you to the point of surfing in the waves, and then you can contact one of the great organizations that give surf dog lessons in the ocean... Helen Woodward Animal Center's Doggies Surf Clicnics, Surf City Surf Dog, Grumpy Puppy Dog Training and Coronado Surfing Academy.
TEACH YOUR DOG TO SURF:
BEGINNER SURF DOG TRAINING TIPS AND VIDEO LESSONS YOU CAN DO AT HOME!
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Our philosophy of training is relationship based, meaning two way communication! Relationship based training creates a very solid human-canine bond, and you'll have fun exploring your dog's mind when you listen to what he/she has to say!
If you're just having a problem with distractibility, these tips can help. But, if your dog really doesn't want to surf, don't make them.
The main thing with relationship based training is... you'll be improving your human-canine bond while building confidence, and having fun sharing an activity both in and out of the water, or wherever your dog may lead you!
The tips only take a few minutes a day, and most can be performed in the comfort of your own home!
These tips are perfect for those who...
Ready? Let's get started. There are videos that go with each lesson, and appear as links under the title. You can read the tips and watch the videos in whatever order you want, but they do go in succession. But, the most important lesson is... HAVE FUN WITH YOUR DOG!!
"What type of surfboard to use, and introducing your dog to the board"
Click here for lesson one video
Beginning board work
"Teaching your dog to offer behaviors on the board"
Click here for lesson two video
Intermediate board work
"Teaching your dog to "stay" on the board"
Click here for lesson three video
Distractions while surfing
What about the ball, the other dogs, the birds?
Click here for lesson four video
Building confidence on the board
"Getting your dog used to the movement on a surfboard"
Click here for lesson five video
"Getting your dog used to a life jacket"
Click here for lesson six video
Taking it to the pool
"Building confidence in the water"
Click here for lesson seven video
Putting it all together
"Taking what you learned to a bay, lagoon, lake, etc"
Click here for lesson eight video
SurFUR clicker training
"Teaching your dog the correct position on the board using a clicker"
Click here for lesson nine video
Always listen to your dog. If they don't really want to surf, try something else. If they like it, but only want to ride a couple waves, that's ok. Don't force them to ride more. It's all about improving your human-canine bond, and having fun! Sometimes I surf a wave in, and then jump off the board and chase birds... just because mom wants me to have fun! If you have any questions, send an email to "pawinspired at aol dot com".
These tips took you all the way to still water, but there's one more step left!! And that's getting in the waves of the ocean and surfing!! Paw-abunga!! The organizations below will pick up where we left off, and help you perfect your surfing. I've taken lessons from all of them, and I can vouch for their excellence!! Take a lesson from them, and then enter one of the contests! It's so much fun... paw-abunga & see you in the water! And don't forget, the best surf dogs out there are the ones having the most fun!
Organizations that offer surf dog lessons in the ocean
Helen Woodward Animal Center's Surf Dog Surf A Thon Surf Clinics
They offer 50 minute classes starting at 10am, 11am, and 12pm at Del Mar Dog Beach in June, July and August in preparation for the surf dog surf a thon.
Surf City Surf Dog
They offer free "learn to surf" clinics in the weeks before their surf dogs contest event
Coronado Surfing Academy
They offer surf lessons to doggies, and hold a special clinic for the golden surFURS.
Grumpy Puppy Dog Training
Surf dog Ricochet
Ricochet speaks! A blog from a surf dog's paws'pective!
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