Boating with dogs can create some of the greatest memories. It’s always an awesome time when your four legged friends find the water just as relaxing and/or fun as you do! With that being said, we need to take as much precaution with these family members as our human family members and friends. Here are a few tips to make boating with dogs as safe and fun for them as possible.
Getting used to their surroundings – We all know how stressed a pet can get if they’re unfamiliar with their surroundings. Our suggestion would be to let your dog climb aboard the boat when it’s docked first before taking them out on the water. This will allow them to sniff things out and feel more at ease in its temporary home that day.
Dog life jacket– Almost all dogs love the water but not all dogs can swim well. It’s only fair that your pet has a life jacket like your friends and family all have life jackets! There are a lot of great life jackets for dogs out there to choose from. The main thing to look for when purchasing a life jacket for your pet would be the lifting handle. This feature will allow you to quickly pull your dog out of the water if you would need to.
Shelter for the fur covered– We humans can get overheated fairly easily, especially living here in Florida! Now just imagine being covered in thick fur! Make sure there is some sort of shelter for your pet. Bringing extra things on the boat can be a hassle, so keeping your bimini up and open can be a great source of shade for you and your furry friend.
Pay attention to the signs– Staying hydrated is sometimes easily overlooked when our four legged family members can’t tell you what they need. Especially when we’re all having fun on the water. Make sure to bring extra water and treats for your pup when you’re on the boat. Believe it or not, there are inflatable dog bowls out there that would make this boat trip with your pet a lot easier.
Be prepared for anything– Being out on the water can be unpredictable. Being out on the water for several hours will also bring up the issue of your pet needing to use the bathroom. Bring a few puppy pads with you. Of course, there will most likely need to be training for your dogs to use these pads ahead of time, but these pads just might save your sanity out on the water! Also, having a first aid kit for humans/pets is always a smart choice. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
These tips are here to help. If you have any other tricks of the trade that you’ve come across out on the water with your pets, please share them!