We got our first dog/Boxer, Brady, just a few months after we got our first kayak. Needless to say, the two went together. There were few times when we used the kayak together that Brady was not a passenger. Brady loved being with us but did not love the kayak and made this known by trying to climb into my lap or jump overboard when it got rough. Sometimes he had all four paws on the edge! Of course it wasn’t always easy dragging the 90 lb Boxer (100% muscle) out of the water when he was most prone to fall in, that is when it was very rough.
Elliot did better in the kayak, though he would occasionally get very clingy. A few times I tried to go out solo only to have Elliot swim out to me. We also went double while someone else was watching him only to have him escape and swim after us – we were already over a half a mile away! (Away = off shore)
Brady liked the water, but didn’t have the same love as Elliot. And he definitely didn’t do as well in the kayak. But he spend a good portion of his summer months riding.
The picture at the top was taken on Cape Cod by a friend. I took a picture of her picture. The picture below was Brady (as a pup) down on Cape Cod playing with the same friend’s two kids. This was a year before the picture at the top.