"They love hanging out and having fun," he said of the dogs. "It's a good way to exercise your dog and it's such a simple pleasure." According to Aboitiz, training dogs to surf is relatively simple - it's teaching their owners to surf that's the hard part.
As for the secret behind getting a dog to sit on a surfboard? It's just a matter of making sure your pooch knows the basic commands like sit and stay, Aboitiz told 7 News Sydney.
Not only does Aboitiz's form of dog therapy foster strong connections and provides discipline, it saves lives.
Since dogs with behavioral problems are often given away when an owner is unable to handle them, Aboitiz's intervention helps rescue dogs from a trip to the shelter - and possible euthanization, he told Reuters.