I love kayaking. And it is a really fun way to exercise and burn those calories. Plus you're upper half can get really tan! One way to make kayaking really enjoyable is by taking your four legged best friend along with you. Most dogs naturally love the water, and if not, they enjoy just spending time with you. My little chihuahua, Sunny, loves to go kayaking. She doesn't like to be in the water, but she loves riding along with me and have the wind blowing in her face. There are so many new cites and smells for your pooch to enjoy. Here are a few tips to make your trip that much more memorable!
1. Doggie Lifejackets
Most dogs know how to swim, but they may not be used to the current that you may encounter while kayaking, rafting, canoeing, or whatever else you do. It is wise to always have a lifejacket on hand for your dog just in case. Plus, the lifejackets usually have a handle or two for you to quickly pick up your dog out of the water. They are reflective and they can have multiple places to attach a leash.
2. No leash while your dog is in the water
It can be very dangerous to have your dog tied to the boat while they are in the water. A current may take them under and they may get caught under water because their leash is stuck. No one wants to even think about something bad happening to their dog, so let's keep the swimming leash free.
3. Bring extra water
You don't drink the water in the river. So your dog should have to either. Make sure you bring enough water to share, and a bowl that's all theirs. I found a collapsable travel bowl that was very handy. It was light and could clip onto the rest of my gear.
Bring an extra towel or two for your dog. The kayak may get hot, so it would be good to have something your dog can sit or stand on that's not. And of course, you'll want to dry them off when you get back to your car or camp site.
5. Flea and Tick Prevention
The river can carry many different insects, including fleas and ticks. Make sure your pooch is up to date on all their shots and parasite protections.
There are just a few tips to get you started! If you have any more questions or suggestions, let me know. Have fun!!
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