How to en­sure a stand-up match

Los Angeles Times - - THE PETS ISSUE - By Roy M. Wal­lack

Here are some sug­ges­tions for stand-up pad­dle­board­ing with a dog.

1 Buy your dog an in­flat­able vest.

2 Make sure you can stand-up pad­dle-board com­fort­ably. Dogs will mir­ror your stress.

3 Let your dog watch you pad­dle from the shore. Wave and call out, smil­ing and laugh­ing.

4 Put your dog on the board on the beach to get com­fort­able. Then put the dog on the board in shal­low wa­ter and walk, hold­ing the board. Let the

dog jump off to get used to the wa­ter. Don’t force the dog back on the board.

5 Put dog and owner on the board. Start pad­dling on your knees with the dog in front of you.

6 Stand up. Ini­tially, place the dog be­tween your legs so you don’t bop it on the head with your pad­dle.

7 Teach your dog com­mands like “stay” “sit” and “stand” in case a bird or a fish come by.

8 Let small dogs perch on the bow. Keep heavy dogs on the back third of the board.

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STAND-UP pad­dle-board­ing with the pooch is a bur­geon­ing new wave in recre­ational sports.

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