By Taniya Dutta
This adorable pooch has showed off his serious surfing skills.
Coda, a seven-year-old English Cocker Spaniel, has become a sensation on a Japanese beach after revealing his amazing talents on a surfboard.
Wearing a customised wetsuit, in adorable footage Coda manages to ride a wave on all fours and even faces big waves bravely.
And his amazing talent can be seen generating a lot of attention from curious onlookers, which the pooch totally enjoys.
Coda’s owner Satomi Asano, an ethical dog training instructor, said her pooch is so passionate about his hobby he quickly gets on the board when he sees her walking towards the beach.
Satomi said: “It is Coda’s greatest pleasure to play with me in the sea.
“He voluntarily gets on the surfboard.
“Even when I want to surf alone, he follows me and rushes up to the board.”
Coda, who lives in the Japanese city of Chiba with Satomi, began surf lessons when he was just over a year old.
It was part of his therapy after having a violent training experience.
Satomi said: “In Japan, dog training involves punishment.
“I had hired a trainer for him when he was one and half years old but the trainer’s methods were violent.
“Coda once even bit me to protect himself.
“I was shocked as our relationship before his training classes were very good.”
To help her dog become happier, Satomi learned ethical dog training methods herself using positive reinforcement.
Now, as well as surfing, her pooch can skateboard and even ride a scooter too.
She said: “Training is meaningless unless it is safe and fun for him.
“I wanted to play with him to stimulate and improve his quality of life.
“I had doubts about violent training in Japan.
“I learned training and ethical contact with mainstream positive reinforcement in the UK and the USA.
“I started playing with him going for scooter rides and took him for swimming.
“Initially, I was just bodyboarding while he followed swimming.
“But I realised he was enjoying the water.
“One day, I placed him on the bodyboard and we rode the wave together.”
Coda also gets special treats after excelling in his surfing sessions.
And Satomi said because of a healthy training and active lifestyle, Coda has become a well-behaved dog.
She added: “After surfing, I give him goat milk and boiled pork.
“He is my best friend, child and partner.
“He always helps me – if I drop my cellphone, he will search for it and pick it up for me.
“It’s always fun to do new training together all the time so that his lifestyle is rich and fun.
“I ensure he gets frequent exercise, keeping in consideration his health and safety.
“He is now a happy dog.”