large hound cant swim?
Posted by: old_user on Jun-16-13 6:14 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
My pup is now 2 and loves to go where ever I do but dispite weekly hydroherapy lesons over the winter he still cant swim. He has a crewsaver pfd and will hop in to my friends cannoe with my and loves it but as I cant paddle the cannoe we are limited to very short trips he is a big boy at 36kg skinny, I need some advice moving on from short 20 min trips on a big cannoe to day triping on a sit on top He is not a brave pup and is fully aware of his inability to swim well. The boat I have access to is a robson kialua 2+1/2 person he hops on behind me solo but when asked to hop on with my friend on the back he refuses swaping positions he will get on but the bow submerges causing him to throw himself at mum = 3 swimmers. capsizng dosnt put him off I dont want to spend the summer on the bank or all the time swiming Help
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is he a sight hound by chance?|
Posted by: kray416376 on Jun-16-13 6:58 PM (EST)
several dogs in this category cant swim. not due to not knowing how, swimming is natural to most dogs, but because many sight hounds have extremely low body fat they cannot float and will drown after a few minutes of paddling exhausts them. yes a life jacket is always a must for your dog, but dogs like those i have mentioned may be reluctant since they know they cannot swim.
Posted by: thebob.com on Jun-16-13 10:43 PM (EST)
Leave the dog at home.
staying home not practical|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-17-13 6:02 AM (EST)
I would leave him home but 1 he is allways trying to get in the kayaks and 2 he is my new mobility supoort dog without him I cant go any more.
Posted by: thebob.com on Jun-17-13 1:56 PM (EST)
their is no sutch thing as a dum ?|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-17-13 2:34 PM (EST)
thank you Walt helps me with more than my walking he dose medical alert for fits and grounding (its a way of preventing the handler loosing orentation with reality after/during a fit flashback ect)he helps me change and more expected things like pushing buttons and caring things.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-17-13 2:48 PM (EST)
ability wise I have a brain injury and peralisis in my hips. I paddled before my injury and my WW is mostly on an artifcal coures now or a few loops on rivers with good access where I can be in the car park within 5 mins from any point on the loop Its limiting but better than no WW at all.
I used to know a guy who had paresis|
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-17-13 5:48 PM (EST)
in his legs from polio in childhood. He paddled c-1 and once he dragged himself and his boat to the river and got situated, you really couldn't tell him from me.
Posted by: thebob.com on Jun-17-13 2:58 PM (EST)
For what it is worth|
Posted by: vic on Jun-17-13 5:33 PM (EST)
I don't have any experience with your situation so my comments are just some thoughts.
As in Weimeraner? |
Posted by: ChiefPaddler on Jun-19-13 9:14 PM (EST)
"He is a Wime but built more like a gray hound on streoids."
My dachshund sinks like a stone|
Posted by: spadefish on Jun-18-13 7:41 AM (EST)
So scent hounds can be bad swimmers too. He is a muscular 30 pounds (he is a standard) so no fat to keep him afloat and his stubby little legs don't propel him through the water enough to compensate. I got him a pfd at West Marine that works pretty well, we go out in my very stable canoe, and he is a calm dog and stays very still so we have never had a problem.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-18-13 11:03 AM (EST)
We tryed it out to day on land and got a few pics I would seam that as Ja is so tall he takes up flat cargo with his feet the same area Walt likes ot sit and stand in their is still a load of room for Walt just none of it is flat or gripy.
Just throwing out another idea|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-18-13 10:48 AM (EST)
Would a lighter, more buoyant boat help both you and the dog? I was thinking maybe a Pakboat folding canoe or Pakboat kayak like the XT-16. They are half the weight of similar sized hard boats and have inflatable sponsons that make them very buoyant, yet they paddle more quickly and handle better than standard full inflatables. Also the inflatable seats allow a great deal of adjustment and leg and back support. The XT kayaks have a removeable deck so you can paddle them open and the XT-16 can be set up for solo or tandem. I have heard people just lay an ensolite foam pad inside the hull when they take their dogs along with them. You might need help setting the boat up at first but there is not reason it can't stay set up as long as you want to use it. Folding kayaks do not have to be dismantled each time, but it is handy to have the option of compacting your kayak into a duffel bag to store it or to take it travelling, even on a plane.