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Stand up Paddleboarding with your Dog

09 Jul Posted by in Adventure, Play | 17 comments

Last week I took a short stay-cation in my hometown of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. While I didn’t actually travel anywhere exotic or new I did get to have a whole bunch of brand-new adventures. I hope you’ll come along for the ride with me this week, as I have lots to share!

One of the first things I did on my vacation was to go stand up paddleboarding (also called SUP or stand up paddle surfing) at the Marsh Creek Boat Rental.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

Visiting the lake isn’t new to me, as I’ve been known to zip around on a motorized row boat with my mom and dad, but SUP was something I have never done before.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

I was so excited when I saw the paddleboard come out that I couldn’t wait to hit the water, especially on this super hot day.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

I did end up swimming A LOT while I was on the water, sometimes by accident because I was standing too close to the edge while some turbulent water knocked me in, and sometimes because I wanted to take a trip over to visit dad in his canoe.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

Luckily I do know how to swim, and my new life vest kept me even more afloat – and made it easy for mom and dad to scoop me back onto the board.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

I’m pretty sure I was the talk of the lake that day and I enjoyed waving at all the other people out enjoying the cool water.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

This may have been my first time paddleboarding, but it certainly won’t be my last! Especially if this heat wave in Pennsylvania keeps up!

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

Tips for Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog

  • Before visiting a lake rental spot make sure that they allow dogs on their rental boats and boards
  • Make sure your dog has a properly fitted life vest – keep a leash attached to it so you can quickly grab your dog should they go overboard accidentally
  • If you have never been on a paddleboard yourself, practice paddling on the lake without your dog first, it will be much harder to maneuver the board with a dog on it too
  • Allow your dog to get used to the board near the shore first with you standing in the water
  • Be prepared to get wet – very wet (but that is the point isn’t it?)
  • Don’t bring a dog paddleboarding that doesn’t know how to swim, it is pretty likely that at some point they will go overboard especially if it is windy out
  • If your dog has a strong herding instinct it is best to have only one “member of the pack” out on the lake at a time, otherwise your dog will be upset when his “pack” isn’t close together, causing him to jump overboard or panic
  • Have as much fun as possible!

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

And the icing on my cupcake…..according to Shape Magazine I burned 500 – 700 calories every hour I was out paddleboarding (although mom says she’s pretty sure they mean it’s her that’s burning those calories), but regardless it’s also apparently the new “celebrity trend” – with paddleboarders like Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson testing them out too.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with your Dog - via Ammo the Dachshund

So considering I’m probably just as famous as those big celebs (right?) then it must be the super cool new thing to do! Not to mention I look awfully sexy doing it! *wink*

 

So what do you think? Is your next big adventure going to be paddleboarding with your dog? Or do you just enjoy living vicariously through me? Or better yet – have any suggestions of new adventures I should try?

Make sure you stop by the blog tomorrow to hear all about my adventures on my very first airplane ride!Ammo the Dachshund

  1. Jackie07-09-12

    Oh that video is soooooo awesome! Thank you for the smile today. I needed that!

    • Ammo07-09-12

      Glad you liked my video! And extra glad it made you smile!

  2. Rebecca07-09-12

    Hey Ammo! My dachshund, Keats and I have been following your adventures since I met you in February at the Horse Expo – you have been an inspiration to me to get Keats as well socialized as you are! I had to say hi, because this past weekend I now realize, I was in your neck of the woods. I’m from Long Island, but was visiting my aunt who lives in PA. We took a road trip to The Whip Tavern down in Coatesville, and I remember passing through Downington. So being a big fan of yours, I’m excited I was so close! Keep up your awesome adventures, and hopefully I’ll be able to see you again at next years expo!

    • Ammo07-09-12

      Oh yes, Coatesville is practically right next door to my hometown of Downingtown, PA. Next time you’re in town you will have to stop by for a visit at my shop (http://www.studio3pa.com)….I’m always up for a belly rub from a friend. 🙂

  3. Linda03-11-13

    So Funny!! We took our doxie kayaking with us and he sat on the front just like this and swam from kayak to kayak ’cause he couldn’t decide which one he wanted to be on! Thanks for bringing back memories

  4. lynn07-08-13

    My Rosie ( red long haired dachshund) LOVEs to paddle board. She wears a life jacket…I just need some one to go with me in one of our kayaks and take pics. Rosie loves to be with me and ride the paddle board, but does not like the water. I do not know if she would jump in and swim to my husband. She walks all over the board. You doggie is SO cute!

    • Ammo07-11-13

      Paddle boarding is so much fun! I can’t wait to take more trips out on the lake this summer.

  5. Dachshunds06-01-16

    Always love everything like this

  6. Jennifer Hite06-01-16

    Tell mim you need your own board ❤

  7. Mary Beth Colter06-01-16

    Wonder what you’ll think of?…..

  8. Jana Drilling06-01-16

    I’m sure there are going to be a lot of changes, both before and after the baby is born.

  9. Debbie Butt06-01-16

    Melanie Isabella Butt

  10. Tim Borysowski06-01-16

    What about your deadbeat dad?

  11. Delia-Anna Indig06-02-16

    <3

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