Hi @turkeytyler, a tandem kayak or canoe would probably be the best option for paddling with large dogs in flatwater conditions. Depending on their size, a single sit-on-top kayak that has flat storage space in the front and rear may do the job as well. Here are the sit-on-top options available at REI https://www.rei.com/search?q=sit+on+top+kayaks
Also, canoes! https://www.rei.com/search?q=canoes
I found a website that discusses paddling with dogs and goes over some safety precautions to consider when getting started. https://blog.gopetfriendly.com/tips-canoeing-kayaking-dogs/
I'm super late to this game, but I also would love some advice/help finding a kayak for my dog and I to enjoy. I have an australian shepherd, they are about 50-60 pounds or so and very fluffy. I'd prefer a sit on top kayak with room for my pup to be in front of me. Any suggestions?
Welcome to the community and thanks for bumping this conversation back to the top!
I've been paddling with my dog(s), with varying degrees of success, for almost 9 years now. While I use a paddle board, a lot of the things that work for me translate to a kayak. Here are some really important things to think about when you're getting out on the water with your dog:
There are many other factors you'll want to think about, such as working with your dog on dry land to get the used to getting on and off the boat, in addition to all the other commands that are critical to a successful day on the water.
I took a quick look at some of the kayaks we currently offer that look like they might fit the bill for being a fun boat for your dog. Here are some of those options:
Hopefully this gives you some ideas on where to start and some things to think about as you get ready to get out on the water. I'll add a pic of me and my adventure dog, Cooper, from long ago enjoying some lake time in Alaska.