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Best hanging out with a dog book ever…”                                                                                                               – Nancy, Amazon.com

 

“Buy this book. It is a great technical guide to kayaking with your dog…”                                                               – Mary, Amazon.com

 

“I found this book, very inspiring. Having a Jack Russell, he can be a little much to handle some time, This book gave great ideas in several areas, whining, safety, redirections in behaviors.”                                                                                  –                                                    – Melody, Amazon.com

 

“Buy this book. It is a great technical guide to kayaking with your dog…”                                                                – Mary, Amazon.com

 

“Well written book and a good read for anybody interested in kayaking! I have kayaked before and was doubtful about buying this book, but it was well worth it and enjoyable to read…”         – Raine, Amazon.com

 

“This is an enjoyable & informative book. The author does a good job describing what you need to do so your dog will like kayaking as much as hers does…”

                                         – Sarah, Amazon.com

Dog Padding With Tiny: A Guide To Kayaking With A Dog 

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Got A Dog! Got A Kayak! Now What?

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Lou Racine

Author: Dog Paddling With Tiny: A GUIDE TO KAYAKING WITH A DOG

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beach pond tine in towel cropped 7 23 2014Got a dog! Got a kayak! Now what? We paddle, of course….well, not soooo fast! Take a deep breath, push back your excitement and enthusiasm for a moment, and determine where you’re individual starting point will actually be.  Every dog, owner, and situation is different from the next, and so, your experience will be at least slightly different from every other paddler and their dog.  It’s important to start where you and your dog feel most comfortable and not necessarily where another dog owner started the process with their dog.

This might sound simple until you realize that you and your dog may feel comfortable at different points in the process. If you find that your dog is less comfortable about it than yourself, you will need to work on increasing your dog’s confidence to match your own before continuing forward.  If you find that the dog is raring to go; but, you’re uncertain and holding back, then it is you who will need to work on getting yourself up to your dog’s level of confidence before continuing. This imbalance usually means additional pre-training activities or classes.

It’s important to be “on the same page” when training and introducing animals to new situations and experiences.  Being “on the same page” so to speak, and walking together through the process is a whole lot more effective than one pulling as the other lags behind, or worse, one pulling in the opposite direction.

An experienced paddler, and a happy and well trained dog, with enough pre-training to feel confident and eager to move forward in the process, will help increase your level of fun and success.

A Few Quick Tips

1. Create small progressive steps and focus on the step you’re currently experiencing, and not the final outcome.  Focusing too much on the final outcome can add stress to the current training situation.  It can also cause you to overlook seemingly minor issues in the process, that when not addressed, become bigger issues later on.

2. Introduce the dog to water and the kayak separately before tackling them together.  Break the process down into the smallest steps possible.

Tine Tine on kayak at Beaver Brook Pond 6 24 20143.  Put a towel or mat on the bottom of the kayak where the dog will sit so that the cold water doesn’t make the hard bottom of the kayak cold and uncomfortable for the dog. Be careful not to slip on the towel/mat when getting in and out of the kayak. If the dog shows interest in going on deck, put something on deck that will help the dog grip and steady itself. Don’t let the dog slip around on the plastic deck trying to get its footing.  Photo shows how I put indoor-outdoor carpeting on the deck of my kayak for Tiny (Details can be found in my kayaking with a dog guide book).

4.  Consider a PFD for your pet. Sure most dogs can swim, many like it, and some are even bred for it; that doesn’t mean a dog can handle swimming under stress  in an emergency situation or in situations where dog and/or owner might be injured or caught in an unexpected situation that is outside their control.  After all, PFDs are meant for emergencies and the unexpected, not the expected!

For more great information about kayaking with a dog, check out my $6.72 book ($4.29 kindle), Dog Paddling With Tiny: A GUIDE TO KAYAKING WITH A DOG now available on Amazon.com or click any book cover on this page to go to Amazon.com.  View testimonials below or click the book cover below and read complete testimonials on Amazon.com!

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BOOK TESTIMONIALS!

 

 Readers have said this about 

Dog Paddling With Tiny: A GUIDE TO KAYAKING WITH A DOG:

 “Best hanging out with a dog book ever…”

                                                         – Nancy, Amazon.com

 

“Buy this book. It is a great technical guide to kayaking with your dog…”

                                                          – Mary, Amazon.com

 

“I found this book, very inspiring. Having a Jack Russell, he can be a little much to handle some time, This book gave great ideas in several areas, whining, safety, redirections in behaviors.”

                                                          – Melody, Amazon.com

 

“Buy this book. It is a great technical guide to kayaking with your dog…”

                                                         – Mary, Amazon.com 

 

“Well written book and a good read for anybody interested in kayaking! I have kayaked before and was doubtful about buying this book, but it was well worth it and enjoyable to read…”

                                                         – Raine, Amazon.com 

 

“This is an enjoyable & informative book. The author does a good job describing what you need to do so your dog will like kayaking as much as hers does…”              – Sarah, Amazon.com 

 

 

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