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Kayaks and Shibas
  • IchirooIchiroo
    Posts: 2
    My boyfriend and I took Ichi and my I.G. down the Trukee River in Lake Tahoe kayaks Saturday. I think the dogs make it so much more fun.
    We are trying to get him used to the water at this young age. We started by playing fetch at the lake which worked out great.
    Does anyone else have Shibas who like/dislike the water?

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    Post edited by sunyata at 2014-05-21 14:39:32
  • sunyatasunyata
    Posts: 8508
    If only I could get my two to even consider the idea of getting in a kayak or a canoe... Bella is not fond of water, and Nola only likes to play in water if mud is involved. I am not so sure they would be keen on the idea of going kayaking with me! (Especially since I like to white water kayak!)

    But it looks like your boy seems to enjoy the water. I am sure if you keep working on it and making it fun, he will learn to love it. :)
    Bella 2Mountains 2Nola 2
    Casey, with Bella and Nola, hanging out in the mountains of Virginia.
    I Wander, I Ride
  • lindsaytlindsayt
    Posts: 4785
    I had to throw treats into the water with Beebe, and floaty toys to tempt her a little so as not to force her, so now they both go chest deep. They don't have a problem running in it (like at the beach or the lake), but seem intimidated by anything deeper than what they can walk into. Actually, I don't think they have ever been swimming. Hmm, we'll have to try that this summer. I did get life jackets (even though they are just puddle jumpers at this point). Canoing or boating sounds really fun, tho, good times. Look like yours had a lot of fun."Common sense isn't so common"
  • tsukitsunetsukitsune
    Posts: 6468
    Mine don't like to swim, but they will wade in a lake or jump around in a creek.
  • CaliaCalia
    Posts: 3664
    Tetsu will go into the water, to a point, and doesn't mind playing in backyard waterfalls (the kind you see in water gardens). I think what he would really not like is the sway given by being on a floating object, from what we experienced with floating docks. It's more than just getting them used to being in water, but also getting them used to that sway a boat/kayak gives.
  • asiaasia
    Posts: 875
    Just curious - does anyone have recommendations in regards to life-jackets for dogs?
  • PLwarped59PLwarped59
    Posts: 141
    Sachi loves the beach, she will try to catch waves, and will willingly swim with me if I go out in the water. I havent taken Akira to the beach yet, but I doubt he would enjoy getting wet.
  • lindsaytlindsayt
    Posts: 4785
    I got the Ruffwear vests, seems to fit well and has safety features that many cheaper vests don't."Common sense isn't so common"
  • StebelStebel
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    Hey Susan...sorry for offtopic...but where do you live? Lake Tahoe is our playground. We live in Gardnerville just 20 minutes from the lake.
    Maybe we could meet and let our shibas play tougether?? what do you think?
  • wliu003wliu003
    Posts: 222
    haha mine HATES water. when im in the swimming pool she becomes extremely hesitant to come to me but she eventually does. last weekend, my friend bought one of those child pools thats about a 8 inches high for his husky and we put kelly in but she jumped out immediately lol.
  • MyloMylo
    Posts: 879
    Mylo is a little odd. He doesn't mind rain and walking in puddles, but hates when I put him in the empty tub with running water (he shakes like a leaf) and won't go near the water at the beach. At the cottage I can drag him onto the floating docks, but he doesn't last long before he darts back to solid ground. He doesn't mind watching us swim though. He stays calm.

    My only thought about the Kayaking... If your pup likes water too much is that he might jump out of the boat into the water...?
  • SayaSaya
    Posts: 6678
    @UrsasMom I've had Saya with me on canoe and she likes it. I don't have leash on her, but we are in our own pond so no risk of her running away she'd probably swim to the yard and shake water of and rest..

    We haven't had much time to go out to the creeks to enjoy it. I have a dog life jacket it's ruffwear brand and so far works well and hasn't torn up like the outwardhound one Bella has.

    I'm sure there is other brands out there. Saya will swim, but mostly if it is her choice. She loves creeks since she can enter and go as she pleases my pond has short shallow part, but even for her it's deep she rather stand in the water, but swims if she sees something.

    I dunno about leash thing, but if you don't do leash be sure the pup won't jump out and get to land. I might eventually get kayak it would be fun to try kayaking with Saya.. She is tiny enough she wouldn't cause issue.

    for canoe be sure pup is calm and not all over the place maybe have the pup in the canoe for a bit to get used to being in it and then do water. Has your dog swam before?
    Nicole, 5year old Bella(Boxer), and 4year old Saya(Shiba inu)
  • This is something that I would really love to do when we get our pup. Guy and I are really into kayak fishing and it is our dream that we could take our dog out with us when we go. (We rarely do deep water and mostly just estuary and creek fishing)
    We haven't found very much information regarding it but have seen the odd picture or u tube clip of a kayak happy shiba.
    We have no intention of forcing something if the dog is uncomfortable, and we figured it would be a slow process of introduction and treats to train. Would love to know if anyone has had further success with this and if so, training tips?
  • JuniJuni
    Posts: 1260
    My boyfriend loves kayaking and was hoping Juni would learn to like it too. We practised to sit still in the kayak on land first. She sits quite nicely in the kayak but she doesn't like water in the first place so she isn't very keen. And several times when she has got a bit of water splashed on her she has tried to move over and sit on his lap instead.
    Last summer we went on a canoe trip in the hope she'd like that better but she didn't. I also think the life vest made it really hot and uncomfortable for her.

    I know other Shibas that enjoy boats, kayaks and even surf boards but I think they need to enjoy water and swimming to begin with.
  • I have nothing useful to say, but I do have a story... Because I thought it was funny...

    about a year ago, my husband took Tang out on a kayak. He was doing a float down a calm river with a group of folks in kayaks and tubes. Tang had a life vest on and a line to keep him close. So my husband gets out on the water and had Tang sitting on the front of the kayak. All is going well for about 20 minutes, when Tang decides he's going to go poop, right on the front of the kayak. So then my husband grabs Tang and puts him inside of the kayak with him, while he tries to scoop up the poop. But while he's doing that, Tang decides he still has to poop and now starts going inside of the kayak. There is water and such in the kayak, so panic sets in (who wants to be sitting in a kayak full of poop water?!) So his only choice is to put Tang in the water next to the kayak, while he uses a hand pump to try and suck out all the poop water. In the end, a lesson was learned. Don't take Tang kayaking...
  • Omg poop! I never even thought out the implications of poop...

    I was running over scenarios in my head like "what if we capsize.." what if the dog jumps out" "what if the dog sees a dolphin or worse a shark and starts chasing it...."

    Everything but the most basic of dog functions.... hahah

    Your story is great! Thanks for sharing, ill now have to come up with an 'operation poop' response
  • JuniJuni
    Posts: 1260
    OMG don't take Tang kayaking! Ever!
  • LilikoiLilikoi
    Posts: 1155
    Baha sounds like a really exciting kayaking trip. xD

    I've only been kayaking and canoeing a few times, but it sounds like it would be a way fun pastime with a shiba. Shame I live in a desert. :| I kind of doubt that Ozzy would enjoy it, he'll choose to jump through 4 feet of snow than walk through a tiny puddle.
  • haha @Gambit04 I bet most people don't think of the poop. My husband did. he tried for about 25 minutes to see if Tang needed to poop. Nothing.. so off they went. I know he'll take Tang out again, but if he's smart about it, he'll just put a diaper on the dog. haha I forgot to mention, he floated for about two hours with a big grocery bag (all he had) of poop on the front of his kayak. He said it smelled awful.

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