One adventurous canine is not only a good boy, he’s also a skater boi.The dog, from Washington, USA, has learned how to skateboard in lockdown. Darrel – who is a mix of pitbull, Border Collie and Australian shepherd – now skateboards for 20 minutes, five days a week.
His brilliant technique involves pushing himself along with his hind paw.Darrel’s owner, 29-year-old Hailey Adair, introduced her four-legged friend to skateboarding, as she hoped it would make quarantine more interesting for them both.
Hailey said: ‘We got a little skateboard at first and right away he was on it and totally comfortable.
‘We could tell that he was ready for a regular skateboard. It is a great bonding time for us.
‘It’s super mentally stimulating for him and it helps him balance. It has helped me too.
‘I was finding it difficult to take a break from work but for 30 minutes a day I get to see him skateboard.
‘It’s super entertaining for him and it’s been a really good exercise for all of us.’
Now, whenever Darrel sees a skateboard he runs over and jumps on it.
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The adorable pooch is currently working on steering the board but is already a pro at turning it around himself – he also gets excited when he sees other skateboarders in the street.Hailey and her husband Nick hope to eventually take Darrel to the skateboarding park.
She adds: ‘We are trying to get him to the point where he can go to a skatepark. We are working on his hills.
‘We want him to be able to go and see other people doing it.’
Hailey has made an Instagram account – @darrelthedoge – to show off Darrel’s skills.
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She hopes his skateboarding adventures will be a lighthearted escape for people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hailey said: ‘We are just trying to bring happiness to people right now in a time that’s really uncertain.’