Now that’s a dog paddle with a difference
MANY of us are happy with our basically wellmannered dogs who toe the line more-or-less, sit for a treat and stay off the furniture — at least while we’re looking.
Extra enjoyment for dog and owner is had by training dogs in the odd party trick, such as high-five paw, shake hands and roll over.
Then there are dogs who manage a clever trick all on their own to the delight of their human family. Usually these tricks are an appealing natural dog behaviour that is rewarded by our attention and praise and so the dog will repeat the “trick” over and over.
A large contingent of dogs and owners do active pastimes together, such as agility training, flyball or scent work.
But one dog trainer in Queensland has upped the ante by performing what is most likely a record-breaking feat involving 25 dogs and an oversized paddleboard.
World champion tandem surfer Chris de Aboitiz loaded 26 dogs, one by one, on to a 5m long and 1.5m-wide paddleboard.
One dog immediately abandoned ship and headed for shore to join the 100 or so people watching the fun.
Spectators included the owners of these seafaring dogs, most of whom were participants in de Aboitiz’s regular dog training workshops.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes stood side-by-side for the brief ride and managed admirably despite the congestion on board.
The event was designed to be about education as much as entertainment, with the organiser hoping to build awareness on better understanding our dogs and bringing out the best in our relationships with them.
Taking time to teach our dogs in positive non-punitive ways strengthen the bonds of companionship and trust.