The 7th Dog Surfing competition has just finished in California. If you think Dog surfing is a joke you should see some of the skill displayed by the competitors.
Incidentally, the main skill a dog needs to learn in order to be a good surfer is balancing on the board. Most dogs are good swimmers but need to overcome a natural fear of falling when it comes to standing on a wobbly board.
Anyone interested in training their dog to be the next Kelly Slater, what you need to do is get him accustomed to the random rocking of the board by having him maintain his balance on a rocking board on dry land. Follow it up with a food treat to make the whole experience rewarding. Start with 2-5 minutes at a time and then increase gradually as the dog gets confidence. Then repeat the exercise on calm water. After a few weeks of training most dogs will happily jump on the board at their own accord. One last word, I encourage budding surfers of the canine variety to wear an inflatable vest at all times. Yes, I know dogs are great swimmers but in the wavy sea the unexpected can happen suddenly.
So now all that’s left to say is – happy surfing.