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Kayaking With Dogs – What An Odyssey

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Cynthia and I recently became kayaks enthusiasts, and of course, we had to bring our canine companions along with us in this fun ride.  Well, it depends on what you consider fun.  The first time we took them with us, it was chaotic and crazy, but we managed to keep our sanity throughout this ordeal. 

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We learned very fast that in order to enjoy our outing, food was a must, so we made 4 sandwiches, one for each one of us, chips, and a lot of water,  We inhaled it all on our first stop.  To our surprise, Bella, although she is a pit mix, loved the water so much that there were times when we had to tell her to get on the kayak.  She probably thinks she is a funny looking fish.  Anyway, Alex, on the other hand, needed a bit of encouragement, but by the second time we went kayaking she was swimming without any encouragement at all.

ky3By the way, in order to accommodate Alex and Bella in our kayaks, they weigh 50lbs each, we bought a Wilderness Pungo 120, along with flotation devices for all of us.  Please, if you decide to take your dog kayaking, buy a flotation device for her. 

kyk1This is right before we got to the water.  They were both so excited that they started to whine in stereo, but once they were out of the car they were fine.  We all had a great time, but our bodies were killing us since we had to paddle with a dog weighing 50lbs.  Ouch!  If you decide to embark in this odyssey, please go at it slowly and don’t scare your dog.  The point is for them and you to have fun.  Do you kayak with your dog? 

Bella, An Energetic Pit Mix

Alex, ready to catch whatever is that that she just saw

Alex, ready to catch whatever is that that she just saw

Alex, my 12 year-old pit mix, only started to settle down when she was about 10 years old.  Yes, you read that right, 10 years.  During those 10 years, I had to take Alex for long walks and get her to run a couple of times a week in order to keep my sanity.  The weird thing about it was that once her level of energy started to decrease, I realized that I missed my hyperactive girl.  Humans!  Can’t make up their minds.  That’s what Alex would probably think if I told her this.

Alex and Bella (L to R)

Alex and Bella (L to R)

Anyway, then Bella came into our lives and I realized I was fortunate – ok.,to be honest sometimes I thought I was cursed – because she is also a hyper girl like Alex used to be.  For a while, she wore a backpack, but I stopped since I didn’t think she needed it.  Well, I was wrong.  The hour walk twice a day is not enough anymore so she is using her backpack again.  I am also getting her to run at least twice a week to drain her energy along with some basic training sessions.  Does it sound like a lot of work?  Yes.  Why do I do it?  Because I want Bella’s needs to be met and I want a dog I can enjoy sharing my life with and if that means being more active than usual, then so be it. 

Walter and Bella (L to R).  Photo taken May 2014.

Walter and Bella (L to R). Photo taken May 2014.

There are several things you can use and do to drain your dog’s energy such as: get her to use a backpack; take her for a run a couple of times a week; swim with her; train her to use a treadmill; and compete in Obedience Trials in your area, to name a few.  Those are just some suggestions, but I am sure you can come up with your own ideas.  With that in mind, what do you do to drain your dog’s excess energy?