Safe Boating With Your Dog
dog on a boat

Boating is best enjoyed when you include the entire family. For many, bringing the entire family along means including their dogs. 

When it comes to safe boating with fido, it’s important to understand how to keep your dog safe so that everyone can have the best possible experience. Fortunately, this article can help. Here we take a look at boat safety tips that will make a big difference. Keep reading to learn more. 

Boating Safety Supplies for Your Dog 

Let’s start by talking about a few supplies you’ll need to pack to keep your dog safe. 

  • Pet-specific PFD 
  • Water bowl & snacks 
  • Extra towels & cleanup supplies 
  • Waste bags 
  • Lead  

First up is a snug-fitting life jacket. Because while it’s true that most dogs are good swimmers, you may be boating a long way from shore. A pet-specific PFD will provide extra buoyancy in case of an emergency situation in open water. 

Next, you’ll need a water bowl and snacks to prevent dehydration or hunger during long hours in the sun. 

It’s also a good idea to bring extra towels and a mat so that she can take a break and rest while your boat is anchored. And don’t forget the waste bags for when she needs to potty. 

Finally, always bring a leash to make it easier to control her while the boat is moving and if you go ashore. 

Getting Your Dog In and Out of the Boat 

It might be tempting to let your dog jump into the boat, but this is actually not a great idea. After all, running down the dock and jumping onto the deck of your boat could easily result in an injury. Instead, boarding careful, deliberate boarding is a better alternative. 

Depending on your dog’s size, the best strategy is to train your dog to let her be carried on and off the boat.  

Keeping Your Pet Safe While the Boat Is Moving 

It’s no secret that dogs tend to get excited when they’re outside. After all, there are plenty of things to discover, smell, and chase. But this can also create a dangerous situation when boats are involved. 

The excitement of being in a moving boat is almost more than most dogs can stand. This is especially true when you consider all the wildlife such as fish and birds they are likely to see. It’s best to keep your pet on a dog leash while the engine is running and to keep her as close to you as possible to prevent her from jumping into the water. 

A Guide to Safe Boating With Your Dog 

The key to having a great experience out on the water is to ensure that your entire family remains as safe as possible. Fortunately, this guide to safe boating with your canine companion(s) will help make this summer the best ever. 

Please contact us to learn more about all things boating related and if you’re interested in improving your boating skills by taking an on-water class with one of our highly trained boating instructors.

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