Want your dog to do some cool dog tricks and be the star of the show? Teach your dog to skateboard! This is one of the most amazing tricks to teach your dog. Check out these simple dog training tips on how to teach your dog to skateboard that your super smart dog can easily learn.
The first step is to find a skateboard that is a least one inch wider than your dog’s stance. For big dogs this might be a bit of a challenge but find the widest one you can. You’ll also want to find one with older ball bearings in the wheels to start with so the skateboard doesn’t roll too fast. Once your dog is comfortable skateboarding you can use newer ones. Ideally the skateboard should travel around three to five feet on a flat surface with each push before it begins to slow down.
Next get your dog comfortable with the skateboard. The number one objective is to have your dog interact and play with the skateboard and have all your dog training be something fun and playful for your dog.
Place the skateboard on a soft carpeted area with the board side flat on the ground and the wheels facing up. Praise your dog profusely, pet him and give him his favorite treats for showing any amount of interest in the skateboard. Get him comfortable with the noises and movements the skateboard makes by spinning the wheels, tapping the board and slowly moving the skateboard a few inches back and forth on the carpet. If you dog isn’t interested you can put the treat directly on the skateboard to let him get the treat while you spin the wheels. Start with just 2-3 minutes of interaction with the skateboard then put it away for 20-30 minutes.
After 20-30 minutes you can bring the skateboard back. If your dog was having fun with the skateboard while it was upside down you can try putting it right side up with the wheels on the floor. Make sure to put something under the wheels so the board doesn’t roll. Right now you just want your dog to interact and play with it right side up.
The last thing you want to happen is for the board to start rolling and scare your dog. Remember, this needs to be a fun and playful interaction. Keep praising, petting and giving your dog treats for any interaction and interest in the board. Again just 2-3 minutes of this and then put the board away again for 20-30 minutes.
After another 20-30 minutes you can bring the skateboard back again. This time with your hand roll the skateboard around a little bit and see how your dog reacts to this. If your dog thinks this is fun that’s great. Praise, pet and give your dog treats. If it is scared of the board moving then stop immediately and go back to keeping the board stationary and letting him interact and play without the board moving.
When you’re rolling the skateboard around make sure to roll the board away from your dog so it’s more like something he can chase. If you roll the board towards your dog it might feel like it’s being attacked and become afraid. Remember your objective is to make this something fun and playful for your dog at all times.
Continue rolling the board around for 2-3 minutes and keep praising, petting and giving your dog treats for any interest and interaction at all with the board while it is rolling. Then put it away again for 20-30 minutes. Keep repeating this step until your dog is completely comfortable around the moving skateboard and is having fun with it.
If at any point your dog happens to climb onto the skateboard or even puts his paws on it immediately praise, pet and give him treats. Make sure to hold the skateboard still so it doesn’t start rolling and scare him. If the skateboard does accidentally move or one side tips up while he’s on it or while he’s touching it with his paws and it scares him, immediately praise, pet and give him treats as if he did a wonderful trick that you are proud of. Keep this interaction with the board to only 2-3 minutes then put the skateboard away again for 20-30 minutes.
Next you want to start conditioning him to put his paws on the skateboard.
Start praising, petting and giving him treats about only half the time for merely showing interest in the skateboard but praise, pet and give him treats every single time he puts a paw on the board. You can try holding the treat above the board so he has to step onto the board to reach the treat. Make sure the skateboard is secured when he steps onto it so it doesn’t move and scare him.
If he doesn’t want to put his paws on the board or step on the board to get the treat stop the training and put the board away and try again later or maybe even go back to the previous step. Only do each step 2-3 minutes then put the board away for 20-30 minutes. Keep it fun and playful for your dog not a chore. Keep repeating this step until your dog automatically either puts his paws on the board or climbs onto the board whenever you bring the board out.
Once you’ve conditioned your dog to touch or step on the board whenever you bring it out you can introduce movement when your dog touches or steps onto the board. Slowly and gently roll the skateboard forward a couple of feet when it puts it’s paws on it or climbs on it. Give the reward the moment he stays with the board while it’s moving. Put the treat right in his mouth so he doesn’t have to get off the board or move away to get the treat. Continue with this step until your dog stays with the skateboard rolling at least 4 feet.
If he has only put his paws on the board while it’s moving it’s time to put him fully on the board. You can pick him up and set him down directly on the steady, non-moving skateboard and then praise, pet and give him treats for standing on the board for at least 30 seconds or more. Once he is conditioned to do this you can introduce movement to the board while he’s standing on it as in the step above. Make sure to reward him the moment he stays with the board while it’s moving.
Then move on to having your dog step onto the skateboard all on his own. Tap the board and call your dog to come get on the board. Hold the treat forward so your dog has to push the board forward to get the treat. When he pushes the board forward immediately give him a big reward for that. Soon your dog will be having fun skateboarding on his own and playing with other skateboarding dogs and will be ready to learn more dog tricks.
Check out this amazing dog sight seeing in Paris on his skateboard!