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Old 05-03-2014, 08:48 AM
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NEW to the adventure of Kayak-ing and am looking to buy one.

I know there are others here that do the Kayak 'thing' so I am asking for information. I really don't even know what questions to ask....

I will only be using for lakes and such, no rapids.
would be just me and the doggies in one.
are they light enough for a woman to handle?
what accessories should I look for?
whats my best kind/shape... for a Kayak?
I assume I would need a training school, first?
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Neat! Obviously life jackets are in order. Do you know of any others that have done this? Leashes tied to a seat?? I don't really know about that: what would happen if they were tossed overboard? Maybe an obedience class would be in order if they have not been trained in 'wait' or 'stay'??? Good luck.
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I kayak with Odie! The kayaks are fairly light and easily managed (you'll be able to pull it onto shore no problem). I use ours to take her to shore while boating on the ocean in the summer. We both always have our life jackets on. I'll try to find a pic.


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Tiny Kerri on a boat!


Copley and me on a kayaking adventure before we even had a chi!

Those are rentals but we had kayaks when we lived back east too. I would suggest you take a class, it will be more fun for you if you do learn to steer and all that. A lot of your questions would be answered there. As for tieing leashes- DONT DO THAT! Affixing the dog to the kayak is just about the most dangerous thing you could do. If you really want to you could attach the dog to you- but if you aren't doing rapids or anything then if you tip over you will just right yourself and then the dogs will all be wearing bright color life jackets so you can go collect them up once you are righted. If they are attached they could very easily get pulled under and drown.

The dogs all have loved kayaking. Copley likes looking at the ducks up close. Kerri thinks its pretty cool too. None of the dogs have ever tried to jump out of the boats. Maybe it would be a problem if a dog was really, really comfortable with the water but once you are out there and moving it is a bit of a scarey leap into the water.
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that looks like so much fun!!!! thanks for the pics......
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Fun!! I think it will be a great adventure Jan. I haven't kayaked with mine but have done just about every other watersport with them. I think the key at first is to always be confident and prepared. It might be wise to take a lesson or two without the kids first. The last thing you want to do is get out on the water and be in a situation that you aren't comfortable with...they will sense it.
Life jackets are great...I have always made sure my dogs know how to swim also before I let them out on the water....you just never know.
Have fun and enjoy with your crew!
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Here are some pics of me and Odie kayaking a couple of years ago. Our kayaks are really basic sea kayaks as we don't do any overnight trips or anything crazy, we just use them for exploring and fun when we anchor the boat. Odie wasn't the hugest fan at first but now that she's more used to it, it's okay. I find that she's more comfortable if I put a towel on my lap so she lays down and is more cozy. Sometimes I clip my life jacket to Odie's if I'm worried about waves, currents, etc. I have a thick string that's attached to my life jacket with a safety whistle on it and it has a clip on the end. Sometimes I'll even do it in the boat in bad weather. I'm the person who would drown trying to save their dog, so it's probably a good thing I do that. Haha.



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Clipping their jacket to yours sounds like a great idea, if you are going to clip them to anything it should for sure be you! I've never been sea kayaking, just on calm lakes and rivers, so I wasn't thinking about waves and wind

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