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How to Take Your Dog Kayaking

by Preston Ong June 29, 2016 2 Comments

How to Take Your Dog Kayaking

Paddling on your kayak is a great way for you and your dog to escape the heat and get some great exercise! When taking your best friend out for the first time, keep these considerations in mind.

1. Start out in calm conditions and flat water

Selecting a day with 20 mph winds and high boat traffic might not go well with dogs who already have an aversion to water, especially for the first time. Pick a calm day so your dog can acclimate  to staying in a kayak with you. This way, he can feel more comfortable the next time you go.

2. Make sure your dog has a PFD

NRS Dog PFD

While some dogs are natural swimmers, some are not! Having your dog wear a PFD will ensure that if he becomes distracted and jumps out of the kayak, he will float easily while you maneuver over to pick him up. The carrying handle located on most models also allows you to  pick up smaller dogs out of the water. 

3. Bring a water dish

Doggy water bowls

Hot days out on the water will make you both thirsty! When you are out on the water, make sure to bring a collapsible water bowl for your dog. Never use fresh water from your paddling location if you are in freshwater. Give him some fresh drinking water and place it in a bowl on the kayak.

4. DO NOT leash your dog to your kayak

Dog in sit inside kayak

Never tie your dog down to your kayak, even if you have a long leash. If your kayak capsizes unexpectedly, your friend should be able to swim free from it. Again, having a dog PFD in this situation would be helpful!

5. Approach wildlife carefully!

Approach wildlife carefully!

As you are paddling, you may both encounter various species of birds, ducks and other small animals making calls from shore. For some dogs, it can be hard to resist jumping off your kayak and making a beeline for these creatures! If you have not yet taught your dog the "Leave it!" command to avoid such animals, then be wary when you approach certain wild species.



Preston Ong
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Southwind Kayak Center
Southwind Kayak Center

October 03, 2016

Hi Norm! What brand and model of kayak do you own? Perhaps I can provide some advice if I knew what you were paddling in.

Norm
Norm

October 03, 2016

this article might be good, but didn’t help me! Pls do article on how to keep my dog either dry or at least warm on a spray-filled day on a cold water lake. I want to take my little pal on over-nighters on Lake Mead,..yes, it gets cold, windy, nice waves, lots of spray, but I don’t want to be limited to 3 months out of the year when the water is really warm. When I get to my camping island or beach, I don’t want a frozen, unhappy pooch on my hands.

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