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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Can a dog be taught to snowboard?

 

Everyone has probably seen Tyson the skateboarding bull dog

 

Could you teach a dog to snowboard? 

 

How would the snowboard leash be attached to the dog?

 

post #2 of 23

It's about as likely as teaching snowboarders etiquette.

 

 

Oh yeah...I do snowboard sometimes. And I do think you could find a dog who you could, with the right amount of time and persuasion, teach to stand on a board while it slides down a mild slope. I don't think you can teach a dog to carve.

post #3 of 23

As dogs seem to be smarter than about 97% of boarders, it should be simple for them to learn boarding.

post #4 of 23

there's a book, Merle, story of a thinking dog, or something like that, and the author talks about powder skiing with his dog, Merle, who can stretch out on a steep pitch and control his sliding decent, no skis however. also, lots of footage of dogs water skiing, but the option for where to go is eliminated there.

post #5 of 23

Dogs?  Not a chance but my wife's cat really took to boarding.  Here's Baxter on my Volkl GS Renn Tiger race board.

 

post #6 of 23

I've never seen one, but sure why not? First off, a safety tip. Dogs do not do well when they come in contact with sharp steel edges. So trying this experiment could injure your pet. We often see such injuries when people bring their pets to our crowded resort (it's a low percentage - but it does happen). If you've got booties and the dog will wear them, do it. Attaching a board leash to your pet is not a good idea for reason #1 above. My suggestion would be to either skip it if you're doing this in an isolated spot or have you use a retracting dog leash to the board. Of course if you do this at a resort, you're liekly to get asked to stop. Second, without a binding setup, you should have a grip surface on the top of the board similar to a snow skate. (If it's a small dog, a snow skate would work better). Finally, turning will be difficult. Make sure you have a low angle run with a run out. A very soft board will help give the dog more control. Dogs that like to lean during car rides (e.g. going around a corner) are more likely to figure out the lean to turn thing,

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post

I've never seen one, but sure why not? First off, a safety tip. Dogs do not do well when they come in contact with sharp steel edges. So trying this experiment could injure your pet. We often see such injuries when people bring their pets to our crowded resort (it's a low percentage - but it does happen). If you've got booties and the dog will wear them, do it. Attaching a board leash to your pet is not a good idea for reason #1 above. My suggestion would be to either skip it if you're doing this in an isolated spot or have you use a retracting dog leash to the board. Of course if you do this at a resort, you're liekly to get asked to stop. Second, without a binding setup, you should have a grip surface on the top of the board similar to a snow skate. (If it's a small dog, a snow skate would work better). Finally, turning will be difficult. Make sure you have a low angle run with a run out. A very soft board will help give the dog more control. Dogs that like to lean during car rides (e.g. going around a corner) are more likely to figure out the lean to turn thing,


Ok now we are brainstorming this.  I have seen photos of dogs on motorcycles that have learned to lean into turns so they don't fall off.  Put snwoboard on the back of a motorcycle with sand paper finish and teach the dog to lean.  Next step is head to the slopes. 

 

post #8 of 23

that is f'ing cool artwork, I'm totally laughing out loud,how did you get the cat into the classic comma position?  

 

on the brainstorming, recalling Merle, the dog will want to follow you more than anything, so turning may occur as he tries to keep with you. this could work.

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Originally Posted by patmoore View Post

Dogs?  Not a chance but my wife's cat really took to boarding.  Here's Baxter on my Volkl GS Renn Tiger race board.

 



 

post #9 of 23

 

Great picture. You caught everything just right although I don't see a lift ticket. Tell me that cat is hiking for his turns. That's a big cat too.

post #10 of 23

Nope...the legs are wrong

post #11 of 23

cat has a season pass chip inserted sub-cutaneous with his locator ID chip. dude came out of skiing in the 80's, thus the preference for closed stance.

 

photo shop level 9's out there, bring it, this is a crack-up.

post #12 of 23

What you can't see is that he is using CATek bindings! 

 

I'd love to take full credit for the composition but I just photoshopped my board into the photo.  I can't recall where I found the shot of just the cat in the snow (might have been bomberonline.com).  The wife's real cat (black and white) is more into cross country skiing....

 

post #13 of 23

Your cat has way better form than my cat or dog.  See it likes powder (good kitty) is it a bumper too?

post #14 of 23

The cat would also make a good poster for "Got Milk".

post #15 of 23

hans grimus kaptan on skiis.jpghans and kaptan on chair.jpg

 

post #16 of 23

Apparently you guys didn't watch the Rose Parade in 2010.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NYqEqQVqdA

 

Here are Tillman & Friends at Mountain High, prepping for their Vancouver appearance:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdw4HPzKlgE

 

Enjoy!  (Sorry, can't figure out how to embed the video.)

post #17 of 23

Like so

and

 

post #18 of 23

Thanks for posting that.. I knew I'd seen it somewhere.

 

Some of those dogs clearly know how to turn a skateboard by shifting weight.  Too bad there's no safe way to give them edges.

They could at least give them boards with a bit of sidecut, rather than skimboards, so they have a chance of turning (I'm talking about the second video here.)

Cool to see them riding the magic carpet, too.

post #19 of 23

are you kidding me? ROTF.gif

 

of course around here gear would come into it pretty quickly. I have seen people on recyclable boards that are clear plastic, all plastic, no edges, and similar in shape to a regular snowboard. but human size. But that dog probably weighs more than some of the diminutive skiers around.

post #20 of 23

Thanks for helping me mdf.  Whenever I need a laugh those videos sure do help!

post #21 of 23

Now we need some MA on their form.wink.gif

post #22 of 23

Just as a side note.  Squirrels can be taught to waterski.

 

 

But their etiquette can be a problem.

 

 

Dennis

post #23 of 23

"If that tree would stop moving, I'd be fine!"

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