Originally Posted by Cherno
Take them on your boat if you want to...but keep them leashed at the put-ins/take-outs. I get really sick of dealing with dogs as I rig up, or break down my raft.
I agree with this dude. I loved having my dog with me and she loved the river. She rafted with me her entire 12 years of life. Haven't got another one yet. However, she was NEVER allowed to run around the launch sites or wander campsites where others were near by.
The other day I was mildly annoyed (not pissed) when a muddy mutt jumped in my freshly cleaned raft and then proceeded to jump on my dry box so he could attempt to jump in my lap. I was just chillin' in the captains chair waiting for my crew to use the restrooms one last time prior to launch. After I booted him off the raft he runs over and attacks another dog that was tied up by a responsible owner. People need to realize that they are the only ones that are responsible for their pets and no one else wants to deal with them.
That said, most dogs love the river and if you take responsibility for them, bring em' along. Both my brother and I have always taken our dogs with PFD's on. They have never caused a problem and absolutely love it. Hell if you know dogs at all, you would know that it hurts their feelings to leave them home. My brothers dog flips out the moment she see's him pull out the hand pump to tighten shit up, its the exact same reaction she has when he pulls out a shot gun to go bird hunting.
You dog haters have no idea what dogs are all about. The people that let their dogs run around like assholes need to learn some common courtesy, you're giving good dogs a bad name!