Can You Teach Your Dog to Skateboard?

Can You Teach Your Dog to Skateboard?

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Now that summer’s here, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time at your local skatepark trying to shed your amateur status and perfect your tricks. Once you buy Supreme clothing, you’ll be dressed to impress — but you might not yet have the moves to back it up. If you want to distract from your own lack of skill or just spend some quality time with man’s best friend, we’ve got a suggestion for you: teach your dog to skateboard instead.
We’ve all seen those viral videos of pups riding their owners’ boards. But not just any dog can learn how to skate, right?
Wrong. Although you might not need to get Supreme skater gear in dog sizes anytime soon, the fact is that a lot of dogs are natural skaters — even without the Supreme clothing. Bulldogs, Pit Bulls, and Jack Russel terriers, in particular, take to it quickly. Some dogs that have short or delicate legs that can make skateboarding a bit more difficult. It’s a good idea to check with your vet to make sure your pup is in good physical shape for skateboarding. And if your dog is really anxious, don’t force them to give it a go. But even if your dog doesn’t quite get it at first, they may come to love it with a little practice — just like you did.
So how do you teach your old dog some new tricks?
Before you try to find a Supreme cap online that’ll fit your dog’s little head, you’ve gotta get your pup used to the board itself. Let him sniff the board and walk around it. Make sure the board doesn’t move (i.e., put it on the carpet or lock the wheels) so he won’t get scared off. Once he approves, you can encourage your pup to get up on the stationary board and reward him with praise and treats. Work on getting your dog to stay still on the board and up the ante with some boiled chicken or cheese when he performs well. Give your dog time to adjust and don’t rush this process. You can also establish a cue word (like “skate”) to reinforce his good behavior.
Now that your pup is more comfortable, you can start integrating movement. Go slowly and don’t get frustrated if your dog jumps off the board. After he’s mastered this part, you can move the board to your driveway, which is the most common place to ride a skateboard outside of a park. Since it could cost up to $500 to have a professionally designed ramp installed — and your dog won’t really be doing much more than riding in a relatively straight line — the driveway will work just fine.
You may want to attach a rope or leash directly to your board to make sure you have total control over its movements. Stick close to your dog’s side so they’ll feel comfortable during this step, as this part’s a bit tricky. You’ll need to get your dog to put two paws on the board while you use your hand or foot to move the skateboard a bit from side to side. This can help teach your dog to adjust his weight so he moves with the skateboard. Keep doing this until your dog understands that he’ll need to use his back paws to move with the board and go towards the treat you’re offering. It’s really a carrot-and-stick concept; your dog will eventually realize that when he moves his back feet, the skateboard moves too — and he’ll be that much closer to his tasty reward.
And just like that, your dog will be able to handle the board almost as well as you do. Although you may not be able to buy Supreme clothing to fit your dog, there are plenty of online apparel stores that may offer similar gear to help your pup look the part. And if you’re not into that sort of thing, at least you can get some Supreme clothing for yourself as your own reward.

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