Backpacking dogs should at least partially support themselves.Â They should be able to carry about a week's worth of kibbles packed in a dog pack.Â Again, don't make the trailhead the first time she puts on the pack.Â Get it a month or two out, get her used to it, and gradually add a little weight.Dogs are not wild animals, and some dogs may need something to keep them warm in spring and fall.Â A small fleece blanket works for Gracie, but Alice doesn't need anything. In fact, she's a furnace and can add heat to your tent.Â My buddy's Border Collie finds a way to slip into the foot of his sleeping bag without waking him up.Â Smaller dogs may want to share, so consider a larger bag rather than a mummy. A canoe trip won't require the aerobic capacity that a long backpacking trip would, but you might need a dog PFD.Â Canine personal flotation devices are a must for non-swimmers, of course, but even dogs that can swim could use a little help.Â A friend has a Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull) that loves the water but swims like a U-boat.Â Dogs can get tired too, and like people, they can drown if they don't monitor their fatigue level, and most energetic dogs don't realize they're tired until they're really tired. In some areas, I prefer to give my dogs water that has been purified.Â This may sound overly cautious, and it's true that most dogs can drink stuff that would send us to the ER.Â But in some urbanized areas, there are pathogens in the water that you wouldn't drink, so why subject her that same stuff?Â Amoebic Dysentery can give your dog the runs.Â Not good for disposal etiquette. Whether it's filtering or a chemical treatment, just consider it. So that's the dog stuff.Â What about the owner stuff?
"The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness, and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past, and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfactions. When a man is part of his canoe, he is part of all that canoes have ever known.â - Sigurd Olson