Tips for Taking Your Canine Companion Kayaking

If you have searched for this article I already know you are a dog lover looking to grow your relationship with your favorite pooch. If you are looking for some simple suggestions on how to begin the process of incorporating your dog into a future water adventures in your kayak, you have come to the right place. These are tried and true tips that are sure to help:

Get Them Used to the Boat!

This seems so obvious but many forget this simple step. Your dog needs to be comfortable with the boat you are going to take paddling with you. Let him/her explore it while you sit in your kayak right in your backyard. Let them climb in and out of it, smelling it, and allow them to get used to the shape of the boat. This may not be something they are incredibly interested in doing at first. In fact,  do not be surprised if the first time you have your vessel sitting in the back yard your dog doesn’t care at all about it. Like all things when it comes to conditioning animals, persist. Keep bringing the vessel out for them to see and experience. The more comfortable they are on land the better things will go when you hit the waterways.

Dog in a Kayak

Training is a Must

If your canine companion isn’t at a place where they listen to basic commands from you on a consistent basis, they might not be ready for a kayaking adventure quite yet. The good news is, there is always time to work on basic commands that will eventually get your pooch ready for the water. Pets WebMD author Joseph Saling states “any dog can be trained if it is sufficiently motivated and if the trainer has the skills, knowledge, and patience." Don’t feel confident enough to ace the training of your dog without some assistance? Search online, watch free online videos, or find a class near you. As long as you stay consistent, it won’t be long before your companion is ready for the wild.

Think About the Dookie

Your trip will not be a success if you don’t think about how this daily need is going to be handled. Some people have dogs that are trained to poop on command. The American Kennel Club claims on their website that teaching a dog to go to the bathroom given a signal is not difficult at all; just something that you need to reinforce consistently and train your pooch to do like any other trick. If this is the situation for you and your canine companion, more power to you. Having them use the facilities when you stop ashore during your travels will be easy. If you are not so blessed, you need to practice your quick docking skills. You will also need to pay attention to your pup for signs that the deed needs to happen soon. As soon as you see the first sign that your dog needs to go to the bathroom, start scanning the shore for an appropriate place to pull off.

Poop Happens Sign

It is also important when kayaking with a dog to consider what you are going to do with the number twos after they happen. You basically have two options:

  • Bring a shovel, prepare to dig holes away from camp and at least 200 feet from the shore (200 feet from a water source is the commonly agreed upon distance that nature lover’s use when burying feces in the wild).
  • Bring a plastic container (a large ground coffee container works wonders) and dog waste bags so you can pack out your dog’s waste when the trip is done. Some might see this as ridiculous. Animals poop in the woods all the time, right? If that is your mindset, I can tell you with very strong conviction, that you should research just a little bit what animal waste does to our waterways. I know we are not talking about a farm or large herd when we are discussing a future kayak trip with your favorite pup, but if we know it isn’t good for the environment in large doses it also shouldn’t be tolerated in small doses, correct?

There is nothing like the companion of a dog who loves you and if you are thinking of taking yours on a kayak trip with you this is probably something you already know. When in doubt just remember that you know your dog best. You know his/her comfort level in any given situation. Follow some of these tips to increase the likelihood of success when paddling with your favorite co-pilot and I am sure your adventure will be a worthwhile, memorable event.

Tips for taking your canine companion kayaking

 

         If you have searched for this article I already know you are a dog lover looking to grow your relationship with your favorite pooch. If you are looking for some simple suggestions on how to begin the process of incorporating your dog into a future water adventures in your kayak, you have come to the right place. These are tried and true tips that are sure to help:

 

·         Get them used to the boat!

o   This seems so obvious but many forget this simple step. Your dog needs to be comfortable with the boat you are going to take paddling with you. Let him/her explore it while you sit in your kayak right in your backyard. Let them climb in and out of it, smelling it, and allow them to get used to the shape of the boat. This may not be something they are incredibly interested in doing at first. In fact,  do not be surprised if the first time you have your vessel sitting in the back yard your dog doesn’t care at all about it. Like all things when it comes to conditioning animals, persist. Keep bringing the vessel out for them to see and experience. The more comfortable they are on land the better things will go when you hit the waterways.

·         Training is a must

o   If your canine companion isn’t at a place where they listen to basic commands from you on a consistent basis, they might not be ready for a kayaking adventure quite yet. The good news is, there is always time to work on basic commands that will eventually get your pooch ready for the water. Pets WebMD author Joseph Saling states “any dog can be trained if it is sufficiently motivated and if the trainer has the skills, knowledge, and patience.”[1] Don’t feel confident enough to ace the training of your dog without some assistance? Search online, watch free online videos, or find a class near you. As long as you stay consistent, it won’t be long before your companion is ready for the wild.

·         Think about the dookie

o   Your trip will not be a success if you don’t think about how this daily need is going to be handled. Some people have dogs that are trained to poop on command. The American Kennel Club claims on their website that teaching a dog to go to the bathroom given a signal is not difficult at all; just something that you need to reinforce consistently and train your pooch to do like any other trick.[2] If this is the situation for you and your canine companion, more power to you. Having them use the facilities when you stop ashore during your travels will be easy. If you are not so blessed, you need to practice your quick docking skills. You will also need to pay attention to your pup for signs that the deed needs to happen soon. As soon as you see the first sign that your dog needs to go to the bathroom, start scanning the shore for an appropriate place to pull off.

o   It is also important when kayaking with a dog to consider what you are going to do with the number twos after they happen. You basically have two options:

§  Bring a shovel, prepare to dig holes away from camp and at least 200 feet from the shore (200 feet from a water source is the commonly agreed upon distance that nature lover’s use when burying feces in the wild).[3]

§  Bring a plastic container (a large ground coffee container works wonders) and dog waste bags so you can pack out your dog’s waste when the trip is done. Some might see this as ridiculous. Animals poop in the woods all the time, right? If that is your mindset, I can tell you with very strong conviction, that you should research just a little bit what animal waste does to our waterways.[4] I know we are not talking about a farm or large herd when we are discussing a future kayak trip with your favorite pup, but if we know it isn’t good for the environment in large doses it also shouldn’t be tolerated in small doses, correct?

 

There is nothing like the companion of a dog who loves you and if you are thinking of taking yours on a kayak trip with you this is probably something you already know. When in doubt just remember that you know your dog best. You know his/her comfort level in any given situation. Follow some of these tips to increase the likelihood of success when paddling with your favorite co-pilot and I am sure your adventure will be a worthwhile, memorable event.





[1] Saling, Joseph. "Training Your Pet at Any Age." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

[2] Staff Writers | May 08, 2013. "Teach Your Dog to Poop on Command." Teach Your Dog to Poop On Command | AKC Dog Lovers - American Kennel Club. N.p., 08 May 2013. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

[3] Siler, Wes. "​How To Poop In The Woods." Gizmodo. Gizmodo.com, 02 July 2014. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

[4] "National Enforcement Initiative: Preventing Animal Waste from Contaminating Surface and Ground Water." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, 19 Dec. 2016. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.



0
About the author

Ian Waterman

Ian Waterman Here, my true passions in life are all things water related like kayaking, fishing and most water sports. I love being outdoors and trying new things. Some of my fondest memories are camping as a small boy and fishing with my family

Leave a comment:


Scroll Up