Many dogs participate in sports, such as agility, dock diving, and flyball, but surfing might not be the first that comes to mind when thinking of dogs and sports. Believe it or not – it’s a real thing, and the first surfing dogs in the USA were documented in the 1920s.
In dog surfing, a dog is trained to surf either alone or with a human on the board. There is also tandem surfing with two or more dogs surfing together – the Guinness World Record for most dogs photographed on a surfboard is eighteen.
This video clip is from the 1930s where a dog named Night Hawk surfed with his owner, Philip K. Auna in Waikiki
One of the most famous surfing dogs right now is no doubt Surf Dog Ricochet who interacts and surfs with children with special needs, people with disabilities, veterans with PTSD, and wounded warriors. Besides being great at surfing and having won countless contests, Ricochet is a certified therapy dog. On her website you can find information about the PTSD Battle Buddy Initiative, how to teach a dog to surf, and many other things.
The tips about teaching a dog to surf includes what type of surf board is suitable, how to teach the dog to stand on the board, and many other useful things.