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How to Skateboard with your Dog

They say a dog is man’s best friend, so naturally we want our favorite companions to enjoy our favorite activity. However, learning how to skateboard with your dog does come with its own unique set of challenges.

Learning how to ride a skateboard can be hard enough and luckily we have tons of articles on the subject to get you rolling. But if you already have a solid foundation of riding a skateboard, this article will teach you how to skate with your dog by learning the proper dog training and necessary skateboarding skills.

In this article you’ll be learning:

Best Dog Breeds for SkateboardingCommon Mistakes for Skateboarding with your DogHow To Skateboard with Your Dog

Congratulations, you’re well on your way to learning how to skateboard with your dog!

Best Dog Breeds for Skateboarding

We’ve all seen the YouTube videos of the famous bulldog skater dogs but what about other breeds like the german shepherd, pitbull, chihuahua, or jack russells?

The truth is, how  you’re skateboarding with your dog will largely determine what’s safe and what’s possible.

If you’re a grown adult over 150lbs, it’s not fair or safe for you yorkie to be pulling you on your skateboard – even if wearing a dog harness. They might enjoy running alongside you while you skate or even be like the skateboarding bulldogs and push one of their own.

However, every dog is going to be different and you should consult with a dog trainer if you notice anything concerning. Many dogs find the noises skateboards make extremely provoking and will bark and nip at the skateboard and your feet.

High energy dogs like the Siberian Husky were actually bread for mushing and love charioting their owners around the block. Pitbulls and retriever breeds are also known to love to skateboard alongside their dog owners either like a chariot or off leash like a noble steed. Cattle dogs, terriers and medium to large sized dogs from durable breeds are some of the most ideal dog breeds for skateboarding as well.

Best Dog Breeds for Skateboarding

Husky BreedsPitbullsRetriever BreedsCattle DogsTerriersMedium to large size dogs

Younger dogs versus an older dog are also going to be much more adept for skateboarding. It’s all about servicing the dogs needs by getting them healthy exercise they will enjoy alongside your favorite activity.

Common Mistakes for Skateboarding with your Dog

The most common mistake dog owners might make when wanting to skateboard with their dog is taking their dog to the skatepark. This is especially problematic when it’s the dog’s first time. The obstacles at a skatepark are generally made of different cement which can cause your dog to slip and get injured. The amount of people, noises, and other dogs, can also distract your dog and make you lose control. There are a ton of unpredictable factors at a skatepark as well, like kids and boards shooting out in all directions.

While you can eventually learn to skateboard with your dog via a longboard, if you are not an expert on skateboarding or longboarding, skateboarding with your dog on a longboard can be very dangerous. You reach speeds much faster on a longboard with your dog pulling you than if you were pedaling yourself. Before you know it you’re headed into an intersection with no way of getting the dog to stop.

Dogs, regardless of the dog breed, must be able to take the wear and tear on their front paws and back paws. This requires a smooth surface and for you as the skateboarder to avoid areas that have increased debris or gravel. Your dog’s paws should be your main concern when learning how to skateboard with your dog.

Ultimately, improper skateboarding maneuvers on the dog owners part is the number one cause of injury to the dog and the owner when riding a skateboard with your dog. This generally happens when you have your dog on a leash and they cross over in front of you forcing you to stop; or some other form of not being able to adjust quick enough or maintain a safe distance when your dog fluctuates their speed.

Having a long leash or a proper dog harness goes a long way but being an expert on your skateboard is first and foremost the best prevention to any injury.

Common Mistakes for Skateboarding with your Dog

Bringing your dog to the skateparkSkating with your dog on a longboardImproper Leashes & Poor Maneuvering

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How To Skateboard with Your Dog

Skateboarding dogs are some of the coolest videos on the internet and it really is a lot of fun. The bond you can create skateboarding with your dog is just as palpable as skateboarding with your best friend.

However, maneuvering on a skateboard is hard enough without having a dog attached to you on a leash. Luckily, we’ve asked our skate instructors who’ve mastered how to skateboard with a dog on the tricks of the trade.

Lower Your Center of Gravity: Lowering your center of gravity will bring you down to the level of your dog. This comes in the form of crouching down as low as you can. Think of sidewalk surfing photos where you’re crouched down like a frog on a lily pad. If you’re especially skilled, skate next to your dog and crouch down to grab your dog’s collar or dog harness. You’ll be neck and neck with your dog going full speed for one of the most fun feelings of all time.

Be Comfortable Skating Fast: Some dog breeds can run well over 25 mph. That’s much faster than a normal skateboard speed. You must be prepared, able and willing to skate at a very fast speed if you’re going to be skateboarding with your dog. Unless you’re skating with your dog off leash, which in many instances a dog is required on leash, so please be understanding of the fact you’re going to be going very, very, fast! It helps to take your back foot off the board and let it drag if you need to slow down or tighten your trucks and reduce turns on your path.

Master Your Leash: Your leash is going to be either the reason you skateboard with your dog safely or possibly resulting in an injury. Your leash should be long enough for you to maneuver with your dog but not long enough to where there’s a danger of it going under your wheels. Understanding when to choke up, let loose, swing around from left to right, when holding onto your leash is a necessary skill to skateboard with your dog.

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20 Most Common Skateboarding Mistakes & How to Fix Them

When it comes to riding a skateboard, we might be quick to label falling as the ultimate failure that we want to avoid, when in actuality falling is a sure sign of progress. So what else could we be mistaken about?

While it’s true that we want to avoid those mistakes that keep us off our skateboard, it’s also mistakes that can lead to injury or keep us from progressing.

Sometimes this comes from a lack of knowledge and know-how but now with the internet, once you know what to search for, you should be quick to correct your mistakes.

Right?

Well, as you will read in this article, many of these common mistakes are physical acts of incorrect form or lack of know-how. But many will also include knowledge and information that skaters have kept secret over the decades.

That is, until now.

And remember, while falling is an inevitable part of skateboarding, it ultimately teaches us how to get back up and overcome obstacles and fear both in skating and in life.

So in addition to that, we will go over in this article those mistakes that can lead to injury or the misinformation we want to avoid.

And finally, the most common mistakes for:

Mistake for Beginner Skateboarders
Mistakes While Skating at a Skatepark
Mistakes While Learning Skateboarding Tricks

Luckily, there’s many proven techniques to do so and with over 3,000 skateboarding instructors at GOSKATE – we’ve got a lesson or two to help reduce the most common skateboarding mistakes for beginners.