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Ok, you’ve read the title and you’re thinking, “Yeah, sure. Not when you live in Chicago!” It’s true that not all of us live in the warmth of California, Florida or Hawaii where most outdoor activities are year round. But no matter where you live in the US, we promise you that stand up paddle boarding with dogs is best started in the depths of winter. Here’s why.
Stand Up Paddleboarding or SUP has seen a surge in popularity over recent years. People are increasingly seeing the benefits of getting active outdoors with their dogs. Many are trying SUP as a different way to be outside with their pup. The key to successful stand up paddle boarding with dogs relies on 2 things. The human having good core body strength and the dog being comfortable with the idea of being on the board. If you want to SUP with your dog this spring, then the winter is the perfect time to prepare.
Core strengthening exercises are beneficial for anyone trying out SUP. There are several different exercises that all have benefits for different reasons.
Getting your dog comfortable with the idea of being on the board is important and training is needed. Put your paddle board on dry land – indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Just get your dog used to sitting on it and how it moves when the dog stands or sits again. It can take a while to get your dog to feel comfortable with this movement, so doing this regularly over a couple months is very helpful.
Once your dry-land training has started. It’s important to plan for the actual in-water event.
So starting SUP training for you and your dog is ideally done in December. By the time the weather has improved and SUP sessions are available again in the spring, both you and your dog will be in board-ready shape with both core strength and confidence. Happy paddling!