There are several companies that make canoes that work for including us canine. I also researched some safety rules to share so you will know how to be safe before you head out on the open water. For those looking for more guidance, my human linked a few outfitters for you at the bottom of this post so you don't have to go looking for them yourself.
The most important thing to remember when taking us canoeing is to not tie us in the canoe in case something happens, most of us are really good swimmers, and, of course, since you would never forget our personal floatation device, we have a back up plan. Also, please make sure that we have enough space to sit or lie down since the journey will be much longer than we want to stand. There are several companies that make canoes that are good for including us.
Remember, not all dogs like water or are the temperament to enjoy a day kayaking or canoeing. So if you are considering it, take it slow and see if we even want to give it a try. Some of us will jump right on and make a day of it and others wont get anywhere near a plastic floating thing. Even if we do give it a try, stay close to shore the first time and see how we do once we are actually away from shore.
If you are looking for a vacation get away on a canoe that includes your trusty best friend, there is this rig in Mendocino, California on the California redwood coast that accommodate us in their canoe rentals. Catch a Canoe states on their website that "Some canoes easily accommodate dogs. We provide water bowls and fresh water (the estuary is
an inlet and salty), for paddlers' dogs." They are located in Mendocino, California.
Cheshire, CT has an outfit called Smartydog Kayaking .
Dog Beach, in Fort Myers, Florida, has a Kayak with Canine program so you and your best pal can paddle off into the sunset together. There are no restroom facilities for humans, and no running water for either species, so come prepared.
Photo courtesy of Rick Vincent