High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: May 2006
Location: in the valley, BC, Canada.
Interest: Spending time with my man and family, relaxing with good friends and good food, hiking, paddling,
We take our dog Yukon canoe tripping all the time and he loves it.
Here are my tips for you:
Train early (the younger the better).
Never tie your dog to your canoe (if he decides to jump out at least he possibly won't dump you and if you dump he's can swim away from the canoe).
Provide a mat for warmth (we use one of those blue pads) We also place a small bath mat on top so some of the water can drain away from our guy.
Have some shade (we take a small umbrella that we can tie onto the canoe to shade our guy if its really hot).
If you ever plan on doing any ocean paddling, train your dog to wear booties as the barnacles will cut your dog's paws (we discovered this by experience).
Make sure when you do stop for a break to give your dog ample exercise so they are more likely to sleep while you're paddling (we take a ball to throw in the water or on the beach).
Have a water bowl in the canoe so if you can't take a shore break you can at least give him water. That way he won't be trying to lean out and drink from the river/lake.
We took Yukon on our Nation Lakes trip. It's a wonderful, peaceful paddle with so few people. We went 6 days before we even saw anyone else. Is Doug French doing your shuttle? I heard this year is the last year for him. DW2 and friends are doing this trip this year as well. I think they are going in August. Will be looking forward to seeing your trip report. Have fun!
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