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Old 04-10-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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Paddleboarding with your dog is emerging as a fun, new activity to do with your dog:


"A popular sport is now going to the dogs.

Pet owners say putting pooches on a paddleboard is a fun way to bond and have fun while exercising and enjoying nature. Paddleboarding with pets is easier than you think, according to those paddling with their furry friends. And its something you can do anywhere in the water as long as your little friend agrees with it. There is even a class available to help get everyone used to the idea.

Nancy Vance snapped a pink and green life vest around her 4-pound Maltese named Sweat Pea recently near Turkey Bay in North Naples. Then she hoisted her little dog onto her shoulder, grabbed her board and headed toward the water. Once she splashed in, she put Sweat Pea in front of her and began paddling in the calm water.

We put her on the board in the house and would give her treats, Vance said as she explained how she taught Sweat Pea to paddleboard. When we took her on the water the first time, she did great. She just wants to be where we are ...

Nearby Amanda Pilkington was paddleboarding with her 2-year-old Boston terrier Betty at the same spot in North Naples.

I think its awesome, Pilkington said. Its bonding on a whole new level. I just grab some treats and she walks right on the board.

Kat Lucchesi, owner of Paddle Fitness, holds occasional paddle with dogs classes in North Naples and said treats are one way of teaching a dog how to sit still on a paddleboard.

I teach them how to keep dogs stable and calm and what to do if a dog goes overboard, Lucchesi said. I tell them what to bring and where to put the dog.

Lucchesi said a leash and collar are essential for getting the dog to stay on the board and for getting a dog that jumps or falls off the board back on.

Its talking to them and putting them between your legs, not in front, Lucchesi said.

Lucchesi rides her pink paddleboard with her black Lab/Newfoundland/springer mix dog named Charlie. Charlie enjoys the sport so much he stands still in anticipation on the paddleboard near shore while he waits for his owner to join him and start paddling.

Heidi, a 2-year-old rescue mixed breed, was jumping up and moving around the board, so owner Donna Catron pulled her toward her with the leash.

Down, she commanded. The dog sat down and then seconds later popped back up. After repeating this a few times, Heidi finally got the message and lay by her owners feet as Catron paddled around the back bays.

I love to paddle and I wanted to share it with my dog, Catron said.



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Old 04-10-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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Rascal would probably love it! I had a very bad experience went I was 5 years old. The swim teacher thought I could swim in water over my head. Well when I ran out of air I was in deep trouble I have NEVER liked being in water where I can't reach bottom since!
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Sounds like fun if I was younger and still in the "love swimming" stage of my life.
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I love to swim, but I'm afraid paddle boarding is not in my future. Give me a nice pool and a float with those holes in them for a soft drink. Scooter can join me on the float.

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The last time I was in the water, I almost drowned. I got talked into jumping off the diving board on the edge of a lake. I went down, down, down and suddenly realized I had better start going up. The others were starting to get worried I was down so long. I was so used to the ocean where you come back up, I almost went down too far and never thought I would be able to hold my breath long enough to get to the surface. It was a very, very deep lake. Don't want anything to do with water, even in the ocean.

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I don't love the water like I did when I was a kid; if anything I'm more of pool person than beach person anymore. I guess growing up so close to Jones Beach served to either spoil me or overdose me on the charms of the beach... which lose their charm awfully fast with so many people that at times it's hard to even find the sand! I do know of someone who kayaks with their dog but I think I would have enough trouble keeping just myself upright to even think of it.
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Calla was on my board last summer. She slides on and off as I paddle. A little swimming and then she enjoys the ride.
Thinking we might try the mini triathlon in Toronto this summer. Swim and or paddle is part of the last leg.
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