Mr. N loves peering down at water so I figured he might like being on a boat. I haven’t been able to test that theory until this week when we took him on his first canoeing trip. We decided on a canoe instead of a kayak for his first trip because we figured he would stay dry better that way.
He wore his Ruffwear life jacket and we brought along a towel for him to sit on, a water bowl and snacks. I hoisted him into the canoe and off we went. He was content to sit on the towel and watch all the water fowl (herons, swans, ducks and geese). The ducks came right up to us and trailed behind our canoe, hoping for handouts. The only readily available food we had were Mr. N’s treats and those had duck in them so they missed out.
Mr. N didn’t try to leave the boat at all and settled nicely. He didn’t like it though when we bumped into rocks in the water and there was a horrible grinding noise and the boat shook. He left the towel and came to sit in my lap for a while and then sat at the boyfriend’s feet.
There were also people on tubes floating down the river. One woman had her spaniel on the tube with her and as the ducks drew near, the dog kept trying to jump off and the tube looked like it might capsize while the woman kept yelling “sit! stay! sit!.” This is why obedience skills are important!
Overall though, I think Mr. N had fun and we’ll be trying it again with him. Mr. N stayed dry (except for the tip of his tail) so he considered that a victory. Have you tried taking your dog on a boat? How did it go?