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Old 06-15-2013, 08:54 PM
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Anyone do it? My family is looking into purchasing kayaks and making this a regular outing.

As kind of a joke, I said 'Hey, I'll even throw Blaze on their with me!' while at the outdoor store. But then I looked more at the kayaks and how they're made, then went down to the river and saw a kayaker with *2* dogs on his kayak, and thought hey this is totally doable!

Obviously, he's a good swimmer and likes it a lot. But what else should I consider? Doggie life jacket would be a must I would think, just for general safety. No huge rapids. Other??

ETA: Oh! It would be a 'open seat' kayak. If we flip, we just both go out. No biggie.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:00 PM
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All I can say is, have fun! The lifejacket is a great idea, if only to have a handle to haul your dog out by if her jumps out. Heavy, squirmy, wet dogs are not easy to haul back into the kayak without a handle!

Most of mine have initially been nervous to get into the boat but once they're in they have fun. After a few times they get the idea - especially if we do lots of fun outings to islands and beaches for them to explore.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:05 PM
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You can kayak with some dogs, not so much with others. Before I bought one thinking it would be for me and the dog I'd Prob rent one and try him out.

Me and Keeda actually won free canoe rentals for a week bc the park ranger said my dog would flip it as every dog who has ever gone in the canoes in the 6 years he's been a ranger has.... She was perfect in the canoe(even when he circled us repeatedly in a jetski) and we won the rental. However, since he was that sure we'd flip... I'd say there's a high incidence of dogs not being kayak/canoe worthy.

Or you may find you just don't enjoy kayaking with him as much as you would with just your family. I love dogs to pieces, but there are def things I like doing without them.

ETA: I find life jackets too cumbersome in the kayak. If he's a good swimmer I'd likely just buy a sturdy harness and bring along a lead(either a regular size one or a long one if you're in an area he can't be off leash.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:06 PM
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Yeah, all three of mine have kayaked. Web and Kim have done it a lot -- we used to go pretty often (this was before we got Mira) and are starting up again.

I don't bother with lifejackets but we mostly kayak on a small river near us. We're always close to shore, and any place with noteable current is shallow enough that if worse comes to worse I can just...stand up. It's only about knee deep in those areas lol.

I just make sure they wear their tags, drink enough, and don't let them sit out in the full sun for long periods of time. Again with mostly being on the little river, there is lots of shade from overhanging trees so sun isn't a big deal either.

And especially for Mira: NO exiting the kayak without a release word! lol
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:06 PM
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This was a one time thing but I wouldn't hesitate to take Bayleigh with me again! I just had her leash tied to my belt loop. She did try to jump out a couple times but otherwise was fine.

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:14 PM
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Another thing that goes back to renting. I prefered to take Keeda out in a 2 seater Kayak so she had her own spot and so did I. My brother had her sit between his legs. You might want to rent different styles and see what you like best before you buy something and wish you bought the other kind.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:28 PM
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I'm not too worried about trying it out before hand. If for some reason he just doesn't take to it at all (I doubt, honestly) then I'll just kayak with just myself. And I plan to go out by myself quite a few times to get the hang of it before I ask my dog to trust me in the kayak.

I really think he's either going to want to sit right next to my legs (in between them) or a few have a nice large back area (like where you'd put a cooler) that would be big enough for him.

So, harness or life jacket for ease of pulling out of the water. And you guys leash? I wouldn't think you would want to leash just in case the kayak flipped. I would want him to have every chance to get out of the way, just like my myself.
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And you guys leash? I wouldn't think you would want to leash just in case the kayak flipped. I would want him to have every chance to get out of the way, just like my myself.
Good point! I didn't think of that but I also wasn't thinking about flipping the kayak.
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I never leashed. I also don't think I'd want to be tethered to the dog... I can just see that ending badly. I always bring a leash with me though. If you keep a harness(or lifejacket with handle) you should be able to quickly grab him if need be.
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I've kayaked with Em. She was awesome about it, we had a great time - I would not tether.
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