What is “skimboarding” and how can I teach my dog to do this?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
A skimboard is like a skateboard without wheels that skims across waves that have just hit the shore. You can also think of it as a more land-based surfboard with a smaller, thinner shape. Some dogs love skimboarding, just as some humans do. Like people, the dogs have to be comfortable around water, love beach visits and be in good physical condition.
Kyra Sundance, author of 101 Ways to Do More with Your Dog, describes a bulldog named Tillman who enjoys jumping on his skimboard “with all four paws” and riding the surf. He then picks up the board with his teeth and barks at his owner for another go. Dogs like Tillman can ride incoming waves on their boards for about 50 feet before the waves pull off of the sand, says Sundance. The water and smooth sandy substrate provide a slick surface for the skimboard, which owners toss onto the sand just as the wave hits.
Sundance says some breeds seem to enjoy this activity more than others. Bulldogs and small terriers are often natural-born skimboarders. These same dogs tend to like skateboarding, so if your furry pal is a skateboarder doggie dude, chances are your pet will also enjoy this fun beach sport.