It’s no secret that most dogs enjoy swimming. Some breeds can swim for long periods of time, while others prefer to watch the waves or cool off by the river’s edge from a safe distance. Many of the most popular water sports, believe it or not, can be adapted to include dogs. On a hot summer’s day, there is nothing as fun as cooling off with your four-legged best friend in the water. Keep scrolling for some entertaining ideas.
If your dog prefers to indulge in active feats, this is a great water sport to try, and it’s especially fun for pups who thrive on challenges. Dock jumping is exactly what it sounds like: A dog jumping off a dock into the water. Surprisingly this simple task can be endlessly entertaining for your pooch. Simply ask your dog to sit while holding his favorite floating toy, then toss the toy into the water and ask him to retrieve it.
Just like dock jumping, boating adds the excitement of diving into deep water. Furthermore, boating allows you to mix it up and combine the sports of towing, retrieval, and swimming. Keep in mind that if you’re boating in saltwater, you’ll need to keep your dog hydrated.
Who knew that surfing could get any cooler? Well, get your canine companion to join you on board and hit the waves. Make sure that your dog is a strong swimmer and feels comfortable on the surfboard before you try this!
Stand-up boarding appears to be much more difficult than it is. In fact, once you’ve mastered it, this popular water sport is a relaxing experience that’s easy to share with a four-legged companion. The first step, as with kayaking and several other sports, is to ensure that your dog is well-behaved enough to board. Allow your dog to sit on it once he’s become accustomed to it. Assess his reaction; if he appears to be in good spirits, you can join him on the board for a thrilling adventure that will not only pump your adrenaline but also bond you two like no other!