We love boating and dogs! So, we wanted to share some tips on how to combine two of your favorite pastimes, spending time with your dog and spending time on your boat.
The first thing you will need to do is get your dog acquainted with your boat ahead of time. Let them sniff around and get used to the new environment. You can give them treats when they get on the boat to have a positive association with it. Some dogs can take longer than others especially when the boat is running. The sounds and vibrations might turn them off to the experience, make sure they are comfortable and give them plenty of praise.
Next, you want to make sure your dog knows how to swim. It is much safer if they know how to swim in emergency situations. You will need to invest in a Dog Life Jacket, they are inexpensive and comfortable for your pet to wear. You can also get a dog boat ladder to help them get back on the boat easier if they happen to find themselves in the water.
You can also get sunscreen for your dogs’ noses; they too can get sunburnt. They come in lotions, wipes, and sprays. Protect your dogs as you would yourself when out in the sun for extended periods of time!
Now, time for your boating adventure with your furry first mate. Make sure to have a small nonslip carpet for them to comfortably lay on. Dogs are not fans of sliding around in any mode of transportation so this will make the experience easier. Make sure you have travel bowls and water (don’t forget to pack extra food and water just in case!), pee pads, a first aid kit, and a no-pull harness. Normal leashes can be dangerous on a boat and could get caught on something. Lastly, don’t forget the poop bags!
Always keep an eye on your pet while on the boat and have an emergency plan set in place for if someone or the pet goes overboard. Practice those scenarios with your family so you can all handle the situation if it arises.