Fuzzy Guppies

Developing your Furry Paddle Partner

Fuzzy Guppies wrote 17 days ago:


A growing interest in the world of paddling today is bringing along that four legged family member. Kayaking has always been very therapeutic, as has the love and companionship of that special pup, but putting them together brings the experience to a whole other level. However this peaceful bliss, can be a horrible process if not completed correctly. There is nothing relaxing about a scared, trembling dog circling around the boat, jumping in and out of the water, and then better yet, wet dog on your lap. The correct route to success is a patient one. Dogs do not understand the concept of balance and floating on the water, so taking the time to make sure they understand they are safe, is very important. This is best done on land, with the kayak braced, and allowing your pup to walk around and on the boat, making sure they know they are safe. This process takes a while for them to feel completely comfortable and not afraid of the boat, however it is an essential first step in the process.

After your pup has become comfortable with the boat itself, it is time to get in the boat with them, still on land, and making the boat wiggle again and again, allow the pup to gain its balance and become used to the movements of the boat. This is a annoy step in the process, your pup will jump off the boat, a lot, and there will be a lot of moving around and circling the boat. Please get yourself used to the sound of your pup whimpering and/or crying. Make sure you are using encouraging words and a calm voice throughout this process. It is also important during this phase to figure out the best position for your riding buddy while on the water, is there enough room in front of you for the pup to sit or lay down without getting in the way of your paddle stroke? What about behind your seat? Every kayak and dog is different, finding the perfect layout for the boat before hitting the water is very important to make sure the boy and yourself, are comfortable. Personally in my Jackson Kilroy, there is a perfect amount of room in front for my favorite paddling buddy.

When it becomes clear that your pup is comfortable on the boat, it is time to hit the water. If these steps are followed correctly, you will have the perfect riding companion for your kayak. Remember, it is important to have patience during this process and understand that your pup does not understand what is really going on; they just feel the ground moving underneath them. I hope this helps you in your process of getting you pup ready for the water, it is important to do these steps, and not rush them, or else your pup will associate your kayak with a scary experience.

**Special note** Your pup doesn’t understand the premise of going to the bathroom in the water, so if you believe they went to the bathroom while jumping overboard, it did not happen… please make sure you go to shore at least every few hours so your pup isn’t uncomfortable.



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james

Try something new

james wrote 28 days ago:


Finally spring is in the air here in the Columbia Gorge. No longer (hopefully) do we need to deal with kayaking in 40 degree rain. Time to go hit some rivers right? That is what I thought too. Then my wife told me that “she wanted to do more things together”. Well I whitewater kayak and windsurf. She paddles a SUP. So what do we do? Well Jackson Kayak came to the rescue with the Journey touring kayak. A quick call to the Kayak Shed in Hood River and 2 Journey’s were ordered. We were excited and couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

We were real impressed when we received the kayaks. They look beautiful. It had “whitewater like” seat and hip pads so it was a somewhat familiar feel. A few adjustments and it was off to the Columbia river. I threw on my Chaco shoes, pfd, skirt and a hat and went to find out how the boat handles. Wow, I am impressed. I’ve paddled creekboats, river boats, playboats and even a slalom kayak, but I love the way the kayak just cruises through the water. Tracks nice and straight. Even my wife who had never paddled a kayak before was able to paddle a slow cruising speed by her 3rd time in a kayak. I found it effortless to paddle along at 2.5 to 3 mph (GPS speed) for an hour and a half without hardling breaking a sweat. I can’t wait to take longer trips and do some exploring.

So if you are looking for something new or something less exciting than whitewater to do with your spouse or friends try a touring kayak.



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james

Try something new

james wrote 28 days ago:


Finally spring is in the air here in the Columbia Gorge. No longer (hopefully) do we need to deal with kayaking in 40 degree rain. Time to go hit some rivers right? That is what I thought too. Then my wife told me that “she wanted to do more things together”. Well I whitewater kayak and windsurf. She paddles a SUP. So what do we do? Well Jackson Kayak came to the rescue with the Journey touring kayak. A quick call to the Kayak Shed in Hood River and 2 Journey’s were ordered. We were excited and couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

We were real impressed when we received the kayaks. They look beautiful. It had “whitewater like” seat and hip pads so it was a somewhat familiar feel. A few adjustments and it was off to the Columbia river. I threw on my Chaco shoes, pfd, skirt and a hat and went to find out how the boat handles. Wow, I am impressed. I’ve paddled creekboats, river boats, playboats and even a slalom kayak, but I love the way the kayak just cruises through the water. Tracks nice and straight. Even my wife who had never paddled a kayak before was able to paddle a slow cruising speed by her 3rd time in a kayak. I found it effortless to paddle along at 2.5 to 3 mph (GPS speed) for an hour and a half without hardling breaking a sweat. I can’t wait to take longer trips and do some exploring.

So if you are looking for something new or something less exciting than whitewater to do with your spouse or friends try a touring kayak.



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bozemankayaker

Try something new

bozemankayaker wrote 28 days ago:


Finally spring is in the air here in the Columbia Gorge. No longer (hopefully) do we need to deal with kayaking in 40 degree rain. Time to go hit some rivers right? That is what I thought too. Then my wife told me that “she wanted to do more things together”. Well I whitewater kayak and windsurf. She paddles a SUP. So what do we do? Well Jackson Kayak came to the rescue with the Journey touring kayak. A quick call to the Kayak Shed in Hood River and 2 Journey’s were ordered. We were excited and couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

We were real impressed when we received the kayaks. They look beautiful. It had “whitewater like” seat and hip pads so it was a somewhat familiar feel. A few adjustments and it was off to the Columbia river. I threw on my Chaco shoes, pfd, skirt and a hat and went to find out how the boat handles. Wow, I am impressed. I’ve paddled creekboats, river boats, playboats and even a slalom kayak, but I love the way the kayak just cruises through the water. Tracks nice and straight. Even my wife who had never paddled a kayak before was able to paddle a slow cruising speed by her 3rd time in a kayak. I found it effortless to paddle along at 2.5 to 3 mph (GPS speed) for an hour and a half without hardling breaking a sweat. I can’t wait to take longer trips and do some exploring.

So if you are looking for something new or something less exciting than whitewater to do with your spouse or friends try a touring kayak.



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tommygunn

Try something new

tommygunn wrote 28 days ago:


Finally spring is in the air here in the Columbia Gorge. No longer (hopefully) do we need to deal with kayaking in 40 degree rain. Time to go hit some rivers right? That is what I thought too. Then my wife told me that “she wanted to do more things together”. Well I whitewater kayak and windsurf. She paddles a SUP. So what do we do? Well Jackson Kayak came to the rescue with the Journey touring kayak. A quick call to the Kayak Shed in Hood River and 2 Journey’s were ordered. We were excited and couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

We were real impressed when we received the kayaks. They look beautiful. It had “whitewater like” seat and hip pads so it was a somewhat familiar feel. A few adjustments and it was off to the Columbia river. I threw on my Chaco shoes, pfd, skirt and a hat and went to find out how the boat handles. Wow, I am impressed. I’ve paddled creekboats, river boats, playboats and even a slalom kayak, but I love the way the kayak just cruises through the water. Tracks nice and straight. Even my wife who had never paddled a kayak before was able to paddle a slow cruising speed by her 3rd time in a kayak. I found it effortless to paddle along at 2.5 to 3 mph (GPS speed) for an hour and a half without hardling breaking a sweat. I can’t wait to take longer trips and do some exploring.

So if you are looking for something new or something less exciting than whitewater to do with your spouse or friends try a touring kayak.



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saskia

Try something new

saskia wrote 28 days ago:


Finally spring is in the air here in the Columbia Gorge. No longer (hopefully) do we need to deal with kayaking in 40 degree rain. Time to go hit some rivers right? That is what I thought too. Then my wife told me that “she wanted to do more things together”. Well I whitewater kayak and windsurf. She paddles a SUP. So what do we do? Well Jackson Kayak came to the rescue with the Journey touring kayak. A quick call to the Kayak Shed in Hood River and 2 Journey’s were ordered. We were excited and couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

We were real impressed when we received the kayaks. They look beautiful. It had “whitewater like” seat and hip pads so it was a somewhat familiar feel. A few adjustments and it was off to the Columbia river. I threw on my Chaco shoes, pfd, skirt and a hat and went to find out how the boat handles. Wow, I am impressed. I’ve paddled creekboats, river boats, playboats and even a slalom kayak, but I love the way the kayak just cruises through the water. Tracks nice and straight. Even my wife who had never paddled a kayak before was able to paddle a slow cruising speed by her 3rd time in a kayak. I found it effortless to paddle along at 2.5 to 3 mph (GPS speed) for an hour and a half without hardling breaking a sweat. I can’t wait to take longer trips and do some exploring.

So if you are looking for something new or something less exciting than whitewater to do with your spouse or friends try a touring kayak.



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Try something new

jlechmanik wrote 28 days ago:


Finally spring is in the air here in the Columbia Gorge. No longer (hopefully) do we need to deal with kayaking in 40 degree rain. Time to go hit some rivers right? That is what I thought too. Then my wife told me that “she wanted to do more things together”. Well I whitewater kayak and windsurf. She paddles a SUP. So what do we do? Well Jackson Kayak came to the rescue with the Journey touring kayak. A quick call to the Kayak Shed in Hood River and 2 Journey’s were ordered. We were excited and couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

We were real impressed when we received the kayaks. They look beautiful. It had “whitewater like” seat and hip pads so it was a somewhat familiar feel. A few adjustments and it was off to the Columbia river. I threw on my Chaco shoes, pfd, skirt and a hat and went to find out how the boat handles. Wow, I am impressed. I’ve paddled creekboats, river boats, playboats and even a slalom kayak, but I love the way the kayak just cruises through the water. Tracks nice and straight. Even my wife who had never paddled a kayak before was able to paddle a slow cruising speed by her 3rd time in a kayak. I found it effortless to paddle along at 2.5 to 3 mph (GPS speed) for an hour and a half without hardling breaking a sweat. I can’t wait to take longer trips and do some exploring.

So if you are looking for something new or something less exciting than whitewater to do with your spouse or friends try a touring kayak.



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bozemankayaker

How to Pack A Kayak For Camping Clinic

bozemankayaker wrote 60 days ago:


Ever wonder how to get all your camping gear for multi day trips into your kayak?

Come to Mountain Sports Thursday night, March 3rd, at 6:00 P.M. to see and learn how it’s done and what you’ll need!!

Mountain Sports LTD

1021 Commonwealth Ave
Bristol, Va 24201

http://mtnsportsltd.com/

We’re going to do a demonstration with a kayak & gear on how to prepare for it, pack it and get it to camp.

For more info contact: Debbie Briscoe ldcakes@hotmail.com or 423-534-3636



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How to Pack A Kayak For Camping Clinic

tommygunn wrote 60 days ago:


Ever wonder how to get all your camping gear for multi day trips into your kayak?

Come to Mountain Sports Thursday night, March 3rd, at 6:00 P.M. to see and learn how it’s done and what you’ll need!!

Mountain Sports LTD

1021 Commonwealth Ave
Bristol, Va 24201

http://mtnsportsltd.com/

We’re going to do a demonstration with a kayak & gear on how to prepare for it, pack it and get it to camp.

For more info contact: Debbie Briscoe ldcakes@hotmail.com or 423-534-3636



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How to Pack A Kayak For Camping Clinic

james wrote 60 days ago:


Ever wonder how to get all your camping gear for multi day trips into your kayak?

Come to Mountain Sports Thursday night, March 3rd, at 6:00 P.M. to see and learn how it’s done and what you’ll need!!

Mountain Sports LTD

1021 Commonwealth Ave
Bristol, Va 24201

http://mtnsportsltd.com/

We’re going to do a demonstration with a kayak & gear on how to prepare for it, pack it and get it to camp.

For more info contact: Debbie Briscoe ldcakes@hotmail.com or 423-534-3636



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