3 Tips For Boating With Dogs
Boating with dogs can be extremely fulfilling! Whether you’re on a small pontoon boat or a luxury speedboat, watching your best boating buddy standing at the bow as the wind rushes by her smiling face would make anyone’s day.
Boating Safety Tips for Your Dog
Taking these three dog safety tips into consideration can help you make the most of your boating adventure. Your dog will enjoy the time spent together outdoors and you can ensure a safe, wonderful boating day out on the water.
1. Walk your dog so she can relieve herself before boarding. Plan for several "potty break" stops for your dog. Make sure you have her leash and plenty of doggie bags for waste cleanup. If you can train your dog to use puppy pads, this is ideal as it will make cleaning up after the dog much easier. Keep several "potty pads" onboard for times when your dog must relieve themselves but can't leave the boat. Clean up after your dog immediately to reduce the risk of feces-borne diseases and odor.
2. Take plenty of water for your dog and yourself. It is important to keep your dog hydrated, particularly on hot summer days. This is particularly important when swimming in salt water because dogs tend to ingest lots of water while swimming and will often become sick due to the high salt water intake. Breaks, dog treats, and fresh water will help eliminate this problem.
3. Use a PFD (Personal Floatation Device) for your dog even if you think your dog is a super swimmer. The buoyancy of a good dog life jacket can minimize fatigue allowing you and your dog to enjoy water activities longer. In the case of extreme fatigue or strong currents, a doggy life jacket can keep your pet afloat and in eyesight until you can rescue her from the water. Many dog life jackets have a strong handle which can be helpful if you need to get your dog out of the water in the absence of a boat dog ladder.
So, don’t leave a member of the family home; by using these boating safety measures and using a boat ladder for dogs, you can create wonderful memories on the water with your furry four-legged family member.
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