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You can now take your dog paddleboarding in North Wales – and the pictures are brilliant

A new outdoor activity company is offering extreme adventures…for your dog.

The Dog Backpacker is bringing their own brand of Doggy SUP Adventure to North Wales this summer meaning your four-legged friends can now experience the great outdoors like never before.

Lead by a qualified instructor, participants and their canine companions will be introduced to stand up paddleboarding (SUP) before heading out on the water for a relaxing trip up Llangollen canal.

The SUP sessions are just one branch of activities the company runs.
Other dog-orientated sports include canoeing, river adventures and they even have their own version of famous obstacle course Tough Mudder.

The Dog Backpacker is led by 34-year-old Charlotte Lewis, who came up with the idea after she struggled to find activities to share with her beloved dog, Philoux: “I was going away and wanted to find something I could do with my dog other than just going for a walk.

Charlotte Lewis and her dog Philoux (Image: The Dog Backpacker)

“It took me over two hours to find something we could both do. It was then I realised there is no central place to find any activities or social days that you would be able to bring your dog along to. So The Dog Backpacker was born.

Doggy Paddleboarding in North Wales

Doggy SUP Adventure North Wales comes to Llangollen on August 11.

Location – Riverside Location, Glyndyfrdwy, North Wales

Each session lasts around three hours, starting at either 0930 or 1330.

Human participants must be ages 8 or over and all under 18s and dogs must be accompanied by an adult.

One dog per adult.

Safety equipment for you, SUP and paddle will be provided.

If your dog is not a competent swimmer you will need to provide a dog floatation device.

Each session costs £50 per person.

Visit the website here for more information and to book.

“I’m dog mad and try and take my dog to as many places as I can. She’s a really energetic five year-old spaniel mix. I thought, why would I leave my dog behind and have fun when I can take her along with me?

Philoux the adrenaline junkie (Image: The Dog Backpacker)

“The whole business was built around me and my dog. I love the outdoors, she loves the outdoors. You can follow our adventures online – I’ve even taken her wild camping in a cave. I want to show people that you aren’t restricted and the things they are capable of. You don’t just have to take your dog for a walk.”

“She comes with me on most of the Dog Backpacker adventures and she really enjoys it.”

(Image: The Dog Backpacker)

The personal trainer is also keen to encourage those who have never tried it: “Paddleboarding itself is a lot easier than you think it is.

“You don’t fall in as much as canoeing and about 90% of people who come to the sessions leave being able to stand up on the board.

“If any of the dogs are unsure or don’t want to join in, we have our own dog-sitters on shore so you can still take part, even if your dog doesn’t want to.

The size of the dog is no issue, as this lady paddleboarding with a St Bernard shows (Image: The Dog Backpacker)

“We have all sorts of dogs taking part – and because there is such a huge range of board sizes, there’s no limit. Any breed of dog. Whatever the owner is comfortable with. All we ask is the dog is at least six months old with basic training. We know that all dogs have their moments though!

Don’t have a pooch for a pal? You can still enjoy a day on the water surrounded by dogs: “You don’t even have to have a dog. The main idea is that you are actually able to bring a dog along too!

(Image: The Dog Backpacker)

Doggy Paddleboarding (Image: The Dog Backpacker)

Charlotte added: “Philoux and I just want to spend as much time together as possible and enjoy life.

“The aim is to explore the outdoors, try new activities and have a happy and healthy lifestyle all with your dog by your side.

“Its all about getting you and your dog in the outdoors together and having fun.”

Source: https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/trips-breaks/you-can-now-take-your-14959828

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