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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-05-2017, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Default Dog paddling. Any tips for training pups for caneoing?

Tilda Swinton has been invited to paddle the Nation Lakes with me, in July. I have about two months to prepare her. Any tips?
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I find the biggest problem with Luna is her going from side to side to check out the action, which destabilizes the canoe. It's not a big problem but it's annoying. I'm thinking of laying a mat on top of some of the gear so she can lie down and still see stuff, but her being up high like that will also cause stability problems. This picture is from a daytrip so with less gear it's not that much of a concern.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 04:27 PM
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Get out a lot to spend time in the boat.
Practice the basics... waiting to get in or out of the boat, sitting or laying down when needed, not being anxious (you or them!)

Create a spot in the boat that is your dog's space. A no gear zone so they can relax.
Put down some non-slip closed cell foam for grip and comfort.

Take lots of shore breaks, watch the sun, and sometimes we use mild bug dope for extreme bugs. (Nation Lakes for the next two months = extreme bugs!)

Our dogs associate our loaded tripping boat with sleeping. That's what they spend most of their time doing while on the water.

Lifejackets of course.
Extra food for them. (just like us)

As well, we try not to let our dogs hang their heads way outside of the gunnels. This makes handling WAY easier and your bow partner will thank you. It can be taught.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Canoeheadted! I grew up in Ft. St. James. I moved away because of the bugs (sort of). I'm concerned that she'll decide to dive from the boat. I'll test that soon!
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