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Kayaking with your dog

> and if the dog goes over at least they're not taking you over with them

Oh, he went over a few times (on purpose - meaning he got excited and jumped out).

If you do go the towing route, watch for seals. Seals would follow us and tease him.
 
Neat!
Fishing for seals using a dog as bait! A smaller dog might work better.
Just kidding!
Here is the question you should ask yourself?
If the dog gets in trouble are you willing to risk your life to save the dog.
If you say yes, leave the dog on shore.
If you say no, leave the dog on shore. (it is not fare to the dog to be put at risk)
If you say, my dog will not get in trouble, then practice dog self rescues.
If you insist, buy a lot of insurance!
Is there any level where big dog teeth and inflatable Kayaks make sense?


Roy
 
Hi Kate,

Check out kayakkaboose facebook page for pictures!

Here's a note that a friend of mine seen:

Kahlua loves her kaboose. I honestly wasn't 100% sure how it would turn out, but it has worked out really well. We had sponsons (sp?) put on just incase (great idea with live cargo, especially in rough water). She also wears a lifejacket... Not because she can't swim, but I figured if she dove out in the middle of a big lake, I didn't want to have to worry about her drowning before we got to shore.

The first couple times out, Kahlua wasn't so sure about the Kaboose, but now whenever she sees me getting into my kayak she gets CRAZY excited! She hops right in, and lays down and just enjoys the trip. She's about 50 lbs - it's the perfect size for her and she can easily lean her head on the front and just watch the world go by. Sometimes she sits up and it gets a bit wobbly, but with the sponsons it doesn't capsize. We've had it out in about 2-1/2' waves and it handles great.

The only thing we found was that we leave about 1' of play in the rope. If it's tight, there's a lot of jerkiness between the 2 boats - which isn't a big deal for me - but she gets bounced around more than necessary. With 1' of play (you can see it in one of the pictures), it just follows nicely and isn't affected so much by the side to side movement of my kayak.

We absolutely LOVE being able to take our "furkid" with us on paddles. Before, my paddles were limited to day trips since I didn't want to leave my best friend at home, but now we can take off and go explore!

Thanks!
 
Okay I'll be that guy. I don't like seeing dogs in the backcountry. I think people should leave them at home. A kayaker paddling up to share my site with a dog on board...I wouldn't like that. I can't stand seeing boat owners rowing up to shore to let their dog crap all over my campsite. Aren't all dogs in provincial and national parks supposed to be leashed? I never see it. Grumble grumble grumble.
 
Well stevenf...
You should read my CT thread http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topic.a ... C_ID=40775

stevenf said:
Okay I'll be that guy. I don't like seeing dogs in the backcountry. I think people should leave them at home. A kayaker paddling up to share my site with a dog on board...I wouldn't like that. I can't stand seeing boat owners rowing up to shore to let their dog crap all over my campsite. Aren't all dogs in provincial and national parks supposed to be leashed? I never see it. Grumble grumble grumble.
 
Camshaft I did see that post! And that's what got me thinking of dogs (and vowing never to visit Pitt Lake in summertime).
 
I stay close to shore when I have a lapwarmer/dog on board. I wouldn't take her anywhere or in any weather where I'd need a sprayskirt...for two dogs it's a canoe or boat. Some dogs are meant to stay home. (some people should also stay home!)
 
Re: Kayaking with your dog Canoe as option?

OK not sure this will revive this topic, so maybe have to re post, but I have bought waterfront recreational property and am wanting to get a boat ( that you paddle) to use for guests, picnic gear people with kids and also my dog. Have several single touring kayaks but thought a canoe would do the trick for day trips.


Thinking about a canoe as an option. How much use can you get from a canoe in the gulf islands? ( place is in Preedy Harbour Thetis).

Anyone with ideas re using Canoes in the sea. Have some experience with this as grew up out east, using canoes on rivers, lakes etc. Someone suggested the Clipper Sea as an option. Any experience with this?
 
I agree with stevenf.

Dogs don't belong in kayaks and they certainly don't belong in the back country.

I see boaters bring their dogs ashore and chase everything they can because they are not on leash.

Leave them at home.

Wildlife doesn't appreciate them.
 
For truly wild areas such as where outsider goes on his multiday trips I can see a rationale for a no dog ethic. But for the Gulf Islands and similar areas where the human presence is already dominant, I don't, with the caveat dogs should be controlled so they do not harass wildlife.

Where I live there is a healthy duck hunting culture, and retrievers are part of the game. The retrievers do not range willy nilly; rather, they are working dogs. The duck hunters I know belong to Ducks Unlimited and similar groups which put money and time into rehabilitating and enhancing habitat here and in the north, so I figure they have earned the right to the regulated hunts in which they participate.

As to kate's question, one of the open cockpit doubles would be the best craft for doggy transport.
 
Wildlife doesn't appreciate them.
This time I felt no fear. I was angry.
I zipped open the back door and saw the wolf sitting on his haunches howling at the moon. He stopped briefly to acknowledge me and then went right on howling.

In my anger I quickly found a chunk of wood beside me and, on my knees in the sand, picked it up and flung it at him over my head.
It came down right in front of him and threw up a lot of sand.
He didn't hesitate to run down the east beach and out of sight.
 
From a friend of mine. http://www.mypaddledog.com/ Take care of your dog. Be sensitive to others & wildlife. Yes, there are places where dogs don't belong. There are others where they are perfectly acceptable. Use good judgment.
 
For those who don't know, the quote that Nootka refers to is taken from my story called "THE WOLF".
It can be found in the 'Trip Reports' forum.
Check it out.
 
7 billion people on this earth and everyone telling everyone else what they can and cannot do.

Getting bent out of shape because someone wants to take their canine companion with them for a paddle. Sheesh. Who decided that you get to decide?
 
nootka said:
Wildlife doesn't appreciate them.
This time I felt no fear. I was angry.
I zipped open the back door and saw the wolf sitting on his haunches howling at the moon. He stopped briefly to acknowledge me and then went right on howling.

In my anger I quickly found a chunk of wood beside me and, on my knees in the sand, picked it up and flung it at him over my head.
It came down right in front of him and threw up a lot of sand.
He didn't hesitate to run down the east beach and out of sight.

:clap:

Flying chunks of wood don't belong in the backcountry!
 
Yes it is but you and a couple others have turned it into a focused discussion about dogs in the wilderness.

Might I suggest keeping this topic in line with the OP's original question which is about how to take a dog out in a kayak.
 
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