Activities For Kayaking Enthusiasts With Dogs

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Introduction

If you’re a kayak enthusiast, then little can separate you from the wide open water. You live for those quick currents and rapids. You long for blue skies and sunshine warming your skin. And more than likely, you love taking your pooch along for the kayak journey. Hopefully, some of these activities will speak to you today. We want you to get outside and enjoy time with your water-loving doggo! Let’s dog paddle our way into some great outdoor entertainment.

Relaxing Pool Float

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Hot Day
Moderate
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1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Human floats
Dog floats
Pool
Activity description
If you love the water like we believe you do, then you’ll enjoy it probably in any form. Sure, you dig the ocean, river, lake, and creek, but when you need some downtime, a pool may be your best bet. You can cool off with your furry friend. Go ahead and bond with them. You can sip on a cocktail and pass along a few treats to your pup. As late spring and summer come on, jump in and warm up to the idea of being outside again after a long, seemingly endless winter. Indeed, come on in. The water is so nice!
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Pool time
If you don’t have a pool, you might find a friend that will allow both you and your dog to jump in and cool off. If that’s not possible and if you have space, make a purchase. The inflatable small pools could be nice, although it’s difficult to float. You could still relax, though.
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Unwind and relax
Look around local pet stores and online for those doggo floats, and get yourself a relaxing float as well. You two can spend the day taking naps in the pool. Sleep and water, anyone? Turn on some music and soak up some sun. Be sure to protect yourself, of course, but dogs need vitamin D, too. It’s a win-win!
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Tips
First, don’t forget to dry your pup off well when exiting the pool. Especially their ears! Most infections come from dampness in those adorable floppy or pointy ears. Keep your fur baby safe. If chlorine is in the water (likely, it is), then be sure your canine companion isn’t drinking it.
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Kayak Doggie Day Trip

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
4 - 7 hrs
Items needed
Kayak
Life jackets
Snacks for humans and dogs
Water
Harness and leash
Travel water bowl
Doggie waste bags
Activity description
It may take a bit of planning, but you've already got your kayak, and you can certainly take your dog along for your kayak day trip. They’ll love waking early, hearing the word go, smelling the outdoor breezes, and hopping into the truck. You both should eat a good breakfast before heading out in order to be ready for the day. Let the windows down, load up the kayak, place your dog’s life jacket on (as well as your own), and hit the water. This is what you live for. You love your pooch, and you love the freedom you feel on the river, lake, or ocean.
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The night before
Pack everything up the night before. Go ahead and load your kayak, the life jackets, and doggie waste bags in your car or truck. Pack your meals and snacks as well, and perhaps you can place them in the fridge overnight. Have your cooler bag packed with water, and don’t forget ice in the morning. Be sure to pack a bowl for your buddy to eat and drink from.
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Happy tails… I mean, trails
Enjoy the day. You’ll probably notice rather quickly that your dog’s tail is wagging. If it’s their first trip, you may notice a bit of nerves at first. More than likely, they’ll warm up to the idea of traveling with you by water very quickly. Let them explore and observe as you do. Don’t forget to pull up to the bank every couple of hours for potty breaks!
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Shade and breaks
Staying hydrated and cool is especially important during the hot summer. You can suffer from dehydration or heat stroke more quickly than you might imagine. Drink plenty of water, and make sure your dog does, too. Find shade regularly, and relax there as you take some time away from strong afternoon sun rays.
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Pup Splash Pad

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Hot Day
Moderate
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2 hrs
Items needed
Dog-friendly Splash Park/Pad
Water Source
Activity description
Water, water, water! If you’re looking for a way to get your dog outside this summer, here’s your ticket. And if they’re already outdoors and in need of some playtime, then they’re going to love when you introduce them to a puppy splash pad or park. It can get extremely hot for everyone, including your dogs, in the summertime. So, encourage healthy play with some splash time. You love to be outside in the sunshine during summer; your doggo will, too. Especially if you’re there having fun with them! Get ready to cool off, share some laughs, and see some serious tail-wagging in the midst of the heat!
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Your own splash pad
If you have space in your own yard, a puppy splash pad is a great way to engage and entertain your dog. They’ll quickly see that by stepping on certain areas, water shoots and squirts up from the base. They’ll love trying to catch the liquid that surprises them. And they’ll begin to cool off as they stay active. Search the web or check with your local pet store for an item like this.
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Splash park for dogs
If you don’t have space on your apartment's tiny balcony or if your landlord won’t allow anything on the lawn, then check online for dog activity centers or public splash parks that allow pets to enter. You’d be surprised how many people are catering to our fur babies today. Look for some cool activities for your little prince or princess!
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Great, healthy, summertime exercise
Splash pads and parks are a terrific way to ensure your pup gets to exert some energy and have some fun during the heat. And if you’re into kayaking, you love water. You can even play with your pet in the high-flying water and fountains. It’ll bring out your inner child, and your baby will associate you with fun and love.
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding can be another challenging and exciting adventure. Your doggo can stand right along with you and take in the sights and sounds (and smells!) on the water.

Paddle Boating

If you enjoy kayaking, then you might also enjoy paddle boating. You might find a park nearby that rents paddle boats for use on its pond. And dogs may be invited to join in the fun as well.

Conclusion

The point is, if you’re a kayak enthusiast, you love water. You’re into anything that gets your closer to that natural liquid! But if you also own a dog, then you’re probably looking for ways to include them in your love for H2O. Be inspired by these activities. Most of all, get out there and have the best time with your fluffy pal. They always make adventures better.