Dog Sports: On Little Adventures
What’s so great about a hobby if your best friends can’t come along too?
Fortunately for David Bahnson, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Vermont, he’s figured out the perfect way to share his favorite pastime with his pets — by building a kayak designed with them in mind. Now, any adventure out on the water can be complemented by the addition of his happy dogs.
“They seem to love it,” Bahnson told The Dodo. “They get excited when we’d pull the kayaks out and see that we were going.”
It never takes much convincing for those furry first mates to settle into their seats when it’s time to get going in the kayak. In fact, though Bahnson rarely paddles out too far from land, the dogs seem to understand how to keep safe on their journeys.
“They are trained to get in the kayak themselves on command. They sit down, and off we go. When we come ashore, they’ll stay seated until I tell them it’s OK to get out. They never hopped out into the water, actually,” he said, adding that the dogs are strong swimmers regardless.
“We’ve seen other people kayaking with their dogs, but they usually have them in the cockpit with them. That’s kind of awkward, so this just worked out better,” he said. “They each have a little dedicated space, and they just sit and enjoy the ride.”
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