Anyone try kayaking using a sit on kayak with their dog? I’m looking at a few basic ones to try out. All 3 I’m considering will support 275 lbs, more than enough for me and and any one of my dogs.
They’ve done ok in canoes and small boats before (been a few years though). I saw a guy with a sit on kayak with a cattle dog on board. The sit on looks like it might be less cumbersome to get them back on board should they bail out for some reason. Some models have a flatter area in back that’s sits low. If I can attach some dense foam for a bit of traction it might help keep them more secure and comfortable.I think you would do better with a canoe.
Nigel. I agree with Huntergreen.My thinking is it would be next to impossible to get a gsd back on the kayak unless your in water where you are able to stand. I have an ocean kayak and wouldn't bring a gsd out on it, but that's me.
and if we have a dog that likes to gulp water like my big-boy does, that is another big problem. We can only let him play in the water for a short while or he starts taking too many sips.And lastly I’m going to write something that will be unpopular to some GSD owners. GSDs are not built for swimming.
They are very muscular. Their coat does not deflect water it sops water up like a sponge. A wet coat is heavy to carry. That becomes a lot to drag through the water.
GSDs can be good swimmers. But It takes a lot of energy and strength to pull that weight through water.
Again it’s my two cents.
I'm going to have to research life vests a bit. Mine are comfortable in water so I'd like to find something that'll help without hindering if that makes sense. They also like boat rides, but then their interest wanes a little unless we are actually catching something, lol
I like it! I'm looking forward to going out again today. My wife is liking the idea as well after hearing the kids go on about it. Her dog is still a pup, but if he doesn't slow down with his growth she'll need a pontoon boat :grin2:It's not a sit on top, I prefer to sit inside for glide but imagine an on top would be easier to hoist your dog back on top. A vest with a handle makes it a lot easier to grab a hold of the dog.
Try getting your dog to stay down/still on a paddle board, much harder :grin2:I like it! I'm looking forward to going out again today. My wife is liking the idea as well after hearing the kids go on about it. Her dog is still a pup, but if he doesn't slow down with his growth she'll need a pontoon boat :grin2: