Friday, March 31, 2017

Diesel is learning how to kayak!

Well the kayaking is moving into the living room. Yep! Diesel and I are going to get used to sitting in the kayak. Practice sitting still - getting in and getting out.  Sounds crazy but we are putting on our life jackets and getting used to our kayak.

Sitting in the kayak on land is one of the best ways to get your dog used to kayaking. Diesel must learn not to jump out. He needs to be able to follow simple instructions about getting in and out of the kayak.

I have a leash that will attach to my waist leaving both hands available to paddle and save him if he jumps in. 

I belong to a few Kayaking with Your Dog Facebook Groups.  Excellent recommendations on how to get Diesel ready for kayaking.

Here are a few of the suggestions:

  • bring a rug
  • bring a cushion
  • life jacket with handle on top
  • leash
  • attach leash to kayak
  • attach leash to you
  • train on land
  • praise often
  • short trips at beginning
  • zero tolerance for not following commands
  • bring water & food
  • bring sunscreen for Diesel's nose
  • bring water toys to play when not in kayak
Real water kayaking pics will be available end of April. We have a trip planned to go south and do some kayaking!  Getting ready for the Wisconsin Kayaking Season!

I've added some Velcro squares to the sections in front - so that Diesels paws will not slid. I am sure I will learn more when we hit the water in April.  Check back for more pics of Diesel & Bluebell.

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