Whether you are a nature lover, a hard core adventurer or a fitness enthusiast, a canoe trip is truly an amazing outdoor activity that you must definitely experience. You can not only admire the prepossessing scenery of nature, but also go on an adrenaline rush race with other canoers. Either way, this adventure would be made even more unforgettable if you will take your four legged pals with you.
You might be wondering if this is possible, the answer to that is a big astounding yes! However, before you even attempt to do so, you have to gauge your dog first if he is capable of such an adventure. Otherwise, you have to get him ready by training your dog and let them get used to the waters first. Also, seeking the advice of a professional dog trainer is very vital for this phase.
Here are a Few, Tips for Your Canoe Adventure with Your Dog
- Plan ahead. It is essential to plan your trip’s every detail to make sure that everything will be smooth. Prepare for every unwanted circumstances and have a contingency plan in place. I am not saying that things could go wrong during your adventure, but accidents do happen, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Bring something familiar to decrease tension and calm your dog. Your dog’s blanket, favorite toy or anything that has a familiar scent for your dog, will allow him to be comfortable during the trip. It is also advisable to bring a chew toy. Sometimes dogs can feel uncomfortable in new places or activities, and a chew toy can help release their tension and make them feel more at ease.
- If you do not own a canoe and will be renting one instead, make sure to inform the company. There are certain rules and regulations that you must abide and they will be able to advise you how to be able to make your dog feel safe and comfortable during your canoe trip.
- Conditioning and training is also essential before a canoe trip. Your pal needs appropriate conditioning before you take him into the waters. More importantly, you must also train him when to get in and out of the canoe and follow some basic commands. It might take a while before dogs learn this, but be patient, you will get there eventually and it will all be worth it.
- Like humans, no matter how good a swimmer your dog is, there is still the risk of drowning. Purchasing quality, safety gears for your dog is a good investment. A dog life jacket can prevent untoward accidents that might happen during your canoeing.
- Do not ever, ever leash your dog in a canoe. This is an important tip to remember. You might be thinking that leashing your dog in a canoe will prevent him from getting off when you are in the waters, but is actually a recipe for disaster. Dogs can jump off and can cause the canoe to overturn. This can be a prerequisite of not only your dog drowning, but also, will definitely cause you your life.
- It is also advisable to walk your dog near the river or the sea before taking him in a canoe. Dogs can be very excited, allowing them for an energy release through dog walking or a quick stroll will help bring him to a calm state of mind and be more prepared for canoeing.
- And finally, last, but not the least. Have a wonderful time, enjoy the activity and the moment you have with your best friend. Dogs love having an adventure in the outdoors, but mostly, dogs love spending time with you. Take time to relish and enjoy every minute of it.