Dog surfing trainers say the dogs are actually enjoying themselves as they take to the board. “You only attempt surfing with dogs that really love the beach and water,” explained Rob Kuty, the official animal trainer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego.
How does dog surfing work?
Lessons focus on increasing your pup’s balance and strength by starting on land, then progressing to the shallows, and finally riding the waves for real. Human surfers should bring dog treats to reward their hard-working pups for not wiping out.
Where does dog surfing occur?
A yearly dog surfing competition known as the “Surf City Surf Dog Competition” takes place in Huntington Beach, California which inaugurated in October 2009.
What do you need for dog surfing?
A Canine Floatation Device (CFD) Also known as a Pet Floatation Device (PFD), Life Jacket or Life Vest. This is the single most important item you can buy for you Surf Dog. Don’t go into the surf without one!
Do dogs enjoy surfing?
– So long as safety is observed and dogs show enthusiasm, experts think the sport is cool for canines. – When trained, dogs are first “desensitized” to the boards used. Dog surfing trainers say the dogs are actually enjoying themselves as they take to the board.
Can dogs really surf?
Some dogs have been trained to ride a skimboard on the shore (after the board is initially skimmed by a human) and to windsurf with a human, and bodysurfing dogs have also been documented in surfing media.
How do you win in dog surfing?
In the non-tandem portion of the contest, first, second, and third place are awarded in each weight class based on ride length, technique, and attitude as well as wave size during a ten-minute heat, and the top two dogs in each class then compete for the Top All-Around Surfing Championship Awards.
What did the dog surfing event raise money for?
Helen Woodward’s annual Surf Dog competition, established in 2005, was the first-of-its-kind to turn ‘dogs on surfboards’ into a platform to raise life-saving funds. 100 percent of the proceeds from the event support the life-saving work at Helen Woodward Animal Center.