Go River Tubing or Rafting With Your Dog
Special Interest: Great Outdoors
Take your dog tubing or rafting down a calm, shallow river on a hot sunny day with your family and friends. Your dog should love the water or can tolerate being on a moving “boat” and/or balance on an unstable surface.
The best way to go tubing or rafting is with a big group and at least two cars. Park one car at the start of the river drop-off and another at your pick-up point. Shuttle and tube rental services are also available from many companies but you will have to check for specific policies regarding dogs and other arrangements. Pick an area known for tubing – check local conditions for shallow water, cleared land along the river to stop and rest, and policies regarding dogs.
It’s a great idea to stop midway for a picnic. Store all of your food in a cooler on your raft or float it down river with you. Kick back and enjoy nature made easy! Don’t forget to give everyone plenty of time to go ashore to go to the bathroom and to rest. Please do not bring any glass bottles or styrofoam with you. Of course, pick up your own trash so others can enjoy the river!
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Activities: Tubing, Rafting, Swimming
Items Needed: Swimming gear, polyester or nylon shirt, hat, towels, dry clothes, water shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, life-jackets, short leash, long leash, poop bags, fresh water, food, first aid kit, puncture resistant tube or raft, backup tube or tube repair kit, emergency poncho, map of river including drop-off and pick-up locations, waterproof bag / dry bag, cooler, rope, plastic trash bags, other appropriate gear.
Safety: Dogs should have their own tube / raft unless they are small enough to sit on top of you or fit in your raft. If your dog loves swimming, make sure to give him some forced breaks. You don't want to get into any situation where your dog has over-exerted himself.
Dogs should be drinking fresh water only. River and lake water are not safe drinking water sources as they can contain harmful bacteria and other pollutants. Avoid any animals or standing water that you may encounter. Before you head home, wash your dog off (including inside of ears) with fresh water. Don't forget to check the paws and look out for ticks or other injuries your dog may have.
- How To Take Your Dog River Tubing
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