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Pawsome Adventures: Kayaking with your Dog!

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

Transform your kayaking trips into pawsitively thrilling experiences and have a liquid adventure with your best friend.

Cartoon with dog and man in a boat
Dog and man in a boat

Kayaking with dogs is a paw-some adventure that strengthens the relationship we have with them.

Are you looking for a fantastic outdoor activity that combines the joy of paddling with the company of your furry best friend? Look no further than kayaking with dogs! Whether you have a water-loving Labrador or a petite Pomeranian, kayaking together can create unforgettable memories and strengthen the bond between you and your canine companion. Fasten your life vests, pack those canine treats, and let's plunge into the pawsome world of dog-inclusive kayaking!

Golden Retriever relaxing in a kayak

1. Picking the Perfect Paddling Partner:

Before hitting the water, it's important to consider your dog's comfort and safety. While some breeds are natural water dogs, others may need a little more convincing. If your furry friend is new to water activities, start with short trips and gradually introduce them to the kayak. Also, keep in mind your dog's size and energy level. Smaller breeds might prefer a snug spot in the cockpit, while larger dogs can comfortably perch on the front/back or middle of the kayak, depending on the model.

2. Canine-Friendly Gear:

Just like you, your furry co-pilot needs proper gear for kayaking. Here's a checklist of essential items for your dog: a) Doggy Life Jacket: Safety first! Invest in a well-fitting life jacket that ensures your pup stays afloat and provides extra visibility in the water. b) Floating Toys: Keep your dog entertained during the adventure with floating toys or balls that they can retrieve while swimming alongside your kayak. c) Sun Protection: Dogs can get sunburned too! Apply pet-friendly sunscreen on exposed areas like the nose, ears, and belly to protect their delicate skin. d) Fresh Water and Treats: Paddling can be thirsty work, so bring along a collapsible water bowl and plenty of fresh water to keep your dog hydrated. Don't forget their favorite treats for rewards and motivation!

Cute pomeranian dog looking up sitting in a yellow kayak

3. Safety First, Fun Always:

When kayaking with dogs, safety is paramount. Here are some safety tips to ensure a worry-free experience: a) Life Jackets for All: Remember, both you and your furry friend should wear life jackets. Even strong swimmers can tire easily, and a life jacket provides an added layer of safety. b) Secure Leash: Attach a leash to your dog's life jacket and keep it within easy reach to prevent them from jumping overboard or swimming too far away. Opt for a floating leash to avoid entanglements. c) Gradual Introductions: Allow your dog to get familiar with the kayak on land before venturing onto the water. Let them sniff around, sit in it, and reward them with treats to create positive associations. d) Watch the Weather: Check the weather forecast before your kayaking trip. Strong winds, choppy waters, or extreme heat might not be suitable for your dog's comfort and safety.

4. Fun and Games on the Water:

Once you and your canine companion are all set, get ready for a blast on the water! Here are some activities to make your kayaking adventure unforgettable: a) Puppy Paddle Races: Challenge your friends and their dogs to friendly races or see who can paddle the fastest to a predetermined point. It's a great way to enjoy some healthy competition and share some laughs! b) Swim Breaks: Take frequent breaks to allow your dog to cool off and swim alongside the kayak. It's a fantastic opportunity for them to stretch their legs and enjoy the water. c) Sniff and Explore: Kayaking often leads to discovering hidden beaches and scenic spots. Let your dog follow their nose and explore the new surroundings. They might even uncover some fascinating wildlife along the way!

A Golden Retriever looking over the paddlers shoulder in a kayak

We heartily encourage customers to bring their dogs along for kayak rentals. It's a wonderful opportunity to strengthen bonds and most dogs find it absolutely barktacular.

Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on our guided tours.

Our single kayaks can comfortably accommodate two small dogs or one large dog at the back, or in between our double kayaks.

Please respect all wildlife and maintain control of your dog when on a beach or sandbar. Ensure they do not chase crabs or birds! As much as we adore our dogs, we also cherish all the vulnerable wildlife out there. We urge you to remain mindful of them while enjoying your furry friend's company.

Golden Retriever jumping put of a double kayak landing on its face

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