The 2014 Surf Dog lesson season was a great success!

Thanks to all the gromMutts and their families who came out and did their best, and the SoCal Surf Dogs club for putting countless hours and lots of TLC into the lessons. To see photos of the lessons, and stay abreast of next season, “like” our Facebook page, or sign up to receive the Helen Woodward Animal Center e-newsletter.

Surf Dog Surf & SUP Lesson Registration

Surf San Diego like the surf dogs do. Teach your dog to be a surf dog!

You can teach your dog to surf, and we are here to help! Surfing with your dog is a terrific way to enjoy San Diego summers and make lasting memories. Lessons will have you and your dog in the water with a member of the SoCal Surf Dogs Club, learning basic and advanced techniques from experienced, passionate dog surfers! You can start with our Intro class to introduce your dog to the water, or jump right into a GromMutt Surf Lesson. Lesson includes use of a surfboard, canine life vest, and instruction. There will be a maximum of 10 dogs in each class, and they’ll fill up fast, so REGISTER NOW!

GromMUTT Dog Surf Lesson (50 mins. $45) These lessons will be taught by SoCal Surf Dogs Club members; passionate, experienced dog surfers. After 20 minutes learning on land, you and you dog will try out the waves with your own pro instructor and two helpers on hand to help you get your dog up on a wave.

What if your dog has a hard time getting started? Don’t worry, we can go at your dog’s pace! Tried and true methods will familiarize your dog with sights, sounds and sensations of surf. If your pup isn’t acquainted with the ocean or surfing, this is a fun, easy intro with experienced instructors and San Diego Pet Training on hand for guidance.

What does a dog surfing lesson look like? Check out a lesson from last year!

It’s official! Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is now part of the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon!

In addition to our already popular dog surfing lessons, you’ll now have the chance to learn to Stand Up Paddle Board ("SUP") with your four-legged pal. It’ll all culminate with a Paddle Paws Parade headed by Grand Marshal Laura Nativo, where you can show off your skills during the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (70 mins. $45) Learn stand up paddle boarding with your dog from experienced SoCal SUP Dogs instructors. After ten minutes learning on land, you’ll head out into the channel for a twenty minute solo orientation on the board (volunteers will watch your pup). Then you and your dog will do a ten minute on-land orientation with the board before heading out for thiry minutes of SUPing together, under the direction of your instructor. San Diego Pet Training will be on hand for guidance, too! 

Lesson includes: use of a stand up paddle board, canine life vest, and instruction. If you prefer to use your own board, it must be a stand up paddle board, not surf board. There will be a maximum of 5 dogs in each class, and they’ll fill up fast, so REGISTER BELOW NOW!


June 28, July 19, July 26, August 9, August 17, and August 23
The first dog surfing/stand up paddle boarding lesson is $45. Get $10 off any additional lessons!

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon for our all-skill-level dog surfing competition and Paddle Paws Parade. All fees benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center's adoptable pets and community programs. For general inquiries and questions, contact 858-756-4117, ext. 350.

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