Geocaching on Water: Canoeing with a Toddler & Dog
I was so happy with how well we had all done canoeing with a toddler. Meagan and I went after a geocache that was on an island in one of the local lakes, and for this trip, we also took our border collie, Milton. God love the woman, she is the best activity partner I’ve ever had, and like me, she doesn’t back down from a challenge either.
1. Use a dock if you can. We found lifting things in and out of the canoe using a dock was a lot easier. I could hand things into the boat to Meagan instead of having to wade out to it.
2. If you don`t know what the dog will do, put him in last. We worked a system where I handed Mr J into Meagan, then I lifted in the dog. Meagan then lifted Mr J into the middle of the boat, and I lifted him between my legs. This worked until the dog scrambled out, so we re-started the whole procedure. Putting the dog in first would have not worked out for us cause you need to limit your dogs running space.
3. Be prepared. I know, I mentioned this above, but this day was a lot colder on the water and I was grateful I had remembered a sweater for my small friend. He was also a little fussy so his Nuk came with us, and I was so glad to have stuffed it into my pocket. I frequently dipped it into the water, and this was very amusing for many dips.
4. Bring your leash. We didn`t leash our dog to the boat (in fact, I would never do this), however, we did have a jaunt on the other side of the lake at the group camp site. You never know when you might need it.
6. Relax! Dogs (and toddlers for that matter) will pick up on this if you are stressed. Fake it `til you make it, baby. We talked the while we were paddling and this helped relax everyone in the boat.
Til our next adventure! What is the craziest thing you`ve done with your toddler or dog.
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.