My first mate on my adventures is my dog Seabass. He's a Shiba Inu. The breed usually doesn't like water - and he's definitely not a big swimmer - but he seems to really enjoy being in the boat with me.
My top piece of advice for paddling with a dog, even he's a good swimmer, is to make sure he's wearing a lifejacket. Most PFD devices for dogs come with a handle on the back so you can pull them back into the boat if they jump or fall out. I would also suggest a towel, a collapsible bowl, treats, food and water.
Watch my timelapse of a great fall paddling experience below!