By Taniya Dutta
This adorable thrill-seeking pooch leaves everyone stunned as he skateboards around his neighbourhood – after learning the sport himself.
Coda, an English cocker spaniel, is a master of the sport – so perfect in his talent he can now skateboard for stretches of 100 feet [30 metres] at a time, even avoiding any obstacles as he goes.
Wearing a bandana, the seven-year-old mutt is always seen enjoying his hobby around the neighbourhood of Chiba in Tokyo, Japan, where he lives with owner Satomi Asano.
Amazingly, Satomi said from when her faithful companion was first given a skateboard at the age of two he naturally taught himself the skill
Professional dog trainer Satomi, 37, said: “He does it for fun.
“He enjoys skateboarding and takes only two minutes to board it.
“He loves being praised from me or others.
“He always shakes his tail like a propeller as he gets on the skateboard.
“He could ride from the time I gave him the skateboard, and he mastered riding it in just two weeks.
“He now follows me on his skateboard.
“If the ground is flat I think he can keep skateboarding for about 30 metres without any obstacles.
“Even if there is an obstacle, he can bend and avoid obstacles.”
Coda has been riding his skateboard for five years now.
Satomi said she is an ethical dog training instructor and uses only positive reinforcement to teach his pooch new skills.
In Japan, many pets are trained using more violent methods and Satomi said it bothers her to see trainers giving punishments to dogs.
The 37-year-old has now founded a school for dogs using crowdfunding to train dogs using positive methods.
She said: “He rides the skateboard on a daily basis when he goes for a walk with me.
“The reason why I encouraged him to take up skateboarding is because I like to play with him.
“Training dogs is like a game for them to play that stimulates an improved quality of life.
“I want to play with him, so I ride the skateboard together.
“It’s always fun to do new training together all the time so that his lifestyle is rich and fun.
“I ensure exercise keeping in consideration his health and safety.
“Sometimes, I step up and try my best to satisfy his quest for spirit.
“In Japan, trainers punish dogs.
“I had doubts about violent training that is common in Japan and learned training and ethical contact with mainstream positive reinforcement in the UK and the USA.
“With praising and teaching, he learned everything and our relationship has become better over time.”