Adorable dog spends lockdown learning how to skateboard

darrel the skateboarding dog
It’s a great aesthetic (Picture: Hailey Adair / SWNS)

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.
darrel wearing sunglasses
He loves his board (Picture: Hailey Adair / SWNS)
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.’

Socialize your pet. Meeting new people and other pets improves the confidence of your pet. Plus, having extra playmates will help relieve some of your pet’s built-up energy.

darrel on the board
Darrel in action (Picture: Hailey Adair / SWNS)
darrel with his owner
He’s a sweetie (Picture: Hailey Adair / SWNS)
Now, whenever Darrel sees a skateboard he runs over and jumps on it.

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.’

darrel wearing sunglasses
Great shades Darrel (Picture: Hailey Adair / SWNS)
darrel on the skateboard
He loves taking to his board (Picture: Hailey Adair / SWNS)
Hailey has made an Instagram account – @darrelthedoge – to show off Darrel’s skills.

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.’

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