With Summer finally within reach, it’s time to get excited for prime paddle boarding season! When it comes to paddle boarding, we know that many love to venture out with their four legged companion, however we realise there are a few safety concerns when it comes to taking your dog out on the water.
Safety is paramount whilst out paddling, and there are a few extra considerations to make when taking your pup with you. We’ve pulled together a few precautions and tips to help you enjoy some dog-friendly paddle boarding.
Invest in a good quality inflatable paddle board
A good quality inflatable paddle board will provide stability and comfort for both you and your dog. When choosing a board, make sure you consider both your weight and the weight of your dog - the larger the dog in comparison to the board, the more unstable it will be. It’s also important to choose a paddle board that has good surface grip, this will ensure your pup doesn’t go sliding around when you hit a wave. We offer a range of paddle boards that offer enhanced stability and are available in both 10ft and 11ft.
There is also a misconception surrounding paddle boarding with dogs that they can damage and puncture an inflatable paddle board, however we can reassure you this isn’t true! As long as you have a good quality and robust paddle board, your dogs should be able to climb aboard without causing any damage.
Take it slow
If your pup hasn’t been out on a paddle board before, they will most likely find the experience slightly uneasy and overwhelming. So it’s important that you’re confident and comfortable when out on the paddle board to help put them at ease. You also want to make sure to choose a calm body of water such as a lake and take it slow whilst your furry friend becomes accustomed to the new experience.
Use a life jacket
Just like humans, dogs need life jackets too. Although most dogs are good swimmers, it’s still extremely important to make sure they’re wearing one. A life jacket will help keep your dog afloat and make them feel more secure on the water if they do fall off.
Train your dog
Before going stand up paddle boarding with your dog, make sure they are trained to sit and stay in one spot. It's also a good idea to tire out your energetic dog before bringing them out on the water. This will keep them from running around on the board and tipping it over, keeping both you and your pup secure and dry.
Use a non-slip surface
When paddle boarding with dogs it’s also wise to ensure your board has a non-slip surface to sit on, to avoid them slipping into the water. As an extra precaution you could take a towel or mat with you to place down for your dog to sit on.
All of our paddle boards feature a grooved eva non-slip foot pad, to help give that extra support for your four legged friend.
Keep plenty of water
It’s important to stay hydrated whilst out exploring so make sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your dog, and some treats!
Dry bags are a great way to take any essentials out with you on your paddle board, ensuring they stay safe and dry. Pack away your water bottle, phone, keys, and even a small first aid kit in case of any minor injuries.
Be mindful of the weather
Last but not least, it's always a good idea to keep the weather in mind, particularly when taking your favourite four-legged friend. Avoid going out on your SUP in rough water or during high winds, as this is hazardous for both you and your pup. When bringing them out for the first time, try to pick a calm day with calm water to make the experience as stress-free as possible.
Our dog robes are also a great way to ensure your furry companion is warm enough whilst out of the water,
So is it safe to take your pup out on your SUP?
Yes! Taking your pup out on the water is safe as long as you follow the advice above, and it will guarantee hours of fun. As an owner you’ll know whether SUP will be something your pup will enjoy.
Ready for a water adventure with your four legged friend? Browse through our range of premium SUPs.