Skate Board Training

Discussion in 'Dog Tricks' started by Maddy, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Maddy Member

    Hi l just bought Alfie my Terrier a skate board any ideas on how to get him started on using it

  2. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    just posting so i can re-find this thread, to read and learn how this IS done!?
  3. Anneke Honored Member

    I saw a tutorial vid on this a while ago!! BUT I can't find it anymore, grrrr
  4. ambara Active Member

    I have never done this before and it's still work in progress but I can tell little bit how I've started this with Hauru. I have no idea if I've gone about it correctly or not :cautious: So I too would appreciate any insight people might have.

    First of all, in the beginning especially, I always controlled the skateboard, held it with foot or hand so that it couldn't do anything unexpected and scare/hurt the dog. I started shaping him to stand on the board and feeling comfortable with it, also I taught him to stand on the board while I rocked it back and forth a bit. Just to make sure he was comfortable with it, even though he isn't the type of dog who would be scared by something like this.

    Than I began luring him to move the board himself, first just a little bit while he kept he's both back feet on the ground. I helped him at this point too by controlling the board, making sure it didn't move too fast and also giving him a bit of a kick start if he had trouble getting the board to move. I want him to skateboard with just one back paw on the ground so once he was getting the idea and could move the board quite easily I taught him to stand like that on the board without moving it. And than again introduced movement by helping him with my hand/leg. That's the basic form of this trick I think, but I've been trying to take it further a la bulldog Tillman and other skaters like him.

    At the moment Hauru can skateboard pretty well on the street if he's just moving straight forward but he cannot steer the board (I'm not sure it's possible either, I think the skateboard I got him might be too rigid to respond to he's weight shifting) and he has begun jumping on the board with all four feet if the speed rises but he won't stay on it for long, I guess he is a bit unsure about it. Lately weather here has been quite bad and winter is coming so I doubt we'll be able to work on this much until next spring but my plan is to teach him to ride the board, just asking him to sit/stand on it like I did in the beginning and pushing him around for longer distances so he'd understand that he's absolutely right when he's thinking about jumping on the board in higher speeds. Maybe he'd also figure out the steering that way, I don't know.

    Lot of this has been just taking things slowly, not getting frustrated and sort of letting Hauru figure things out for himself. My job is mostly to build the motivation for it and to keep him safe. Although he has begun doing he's own tricks, he slams he's feet on the nose of the board so that it flips over with a huge bang and other stuff like that so he certainly isn't that concerned about the board getting out of control :D It's a lot of fun, I've been thinking of getting a better board for Hauru... I can just imagine the people in the sport store if I go asking them about suitable boards for my dog :ROFLMAO:
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  5. running_dog Honored Member

    I've worked on this more or less like ambara and on a good day Zac is at more or less the same stage as Hauru. I have a plan for teaching steering and control but I don't know if it'll work yet. I place the skateboard behind me and Zac beyond the skateboard, I call Zac onto the skateboard and he skates into "peekaboo" position and I give him a treat. So far he's quite good a stopping for the treat but I'm planning on eventually standing slightly out of line and maybe luring so that he has to lean a little to roll into position.

    One thing to bear in mind with training bigger/taller dogs to skateboard is that their weight is a lot higher so they find it much harder than little dogs to keep balanced on a moving object.

    I think Zac likes the skateboard as I struggle to get him off, and once he's off he jumps straight back on! I have to reward "off" more than "on"!
  6. bekah1001 Honored Member

  7. Anneke Honored Member

    Aaaah, of course!!! I saw the tutorial at kikopup!!! Thanls Beckah, I couldn't remember where I saw this:rolleyes:
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  8. ambara Active Member

    running_dog, that sounds like a pretty good idea to teach steering! I'll have to also try that (y)
  9. Maddy Member

    Thanks, that's all a great help, l'm going to try and teach my 8 month old standard Poodle as well so think l need to get a bigger skate board before l start!!!
  10. Maddy Member

    That's brilliant, thanks so much, can't wait to get started. Alfie is a bit of a star in our local pub and they expect new tricks on a regular basis, so can't wait to get the standard Poodle, Delaney skate boarding!!
  11. Lburton Member

    Hi! First of all, your Alfie is extremely adorable (guessing that's him as your avatar)! The best way that I know of going about teaching him to ride the skateboard is to mark (preferably with the word "yes" or with a clicker) every time he does something that has to do with the skateboard. At first, if he just looks at it. Then, if he sniffs it. And, then, what would really make him a rockstar is if he went ahead and put a paw on it. Just make sure that you take this trick really slow, because most dogs would be spooked at first when they find out that something is moving under them Best of luck!

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