As you’re pulling out of the dock, why not bring your four-legged friend with you? Taking your dog boating can be a fun-filled experience for you, your family, and your pup. However, just like humans, dogs need to take extra precautions when they’re out on the water.
To keep your dog safe, here are some tips for when you take your four-legged friend boating for the first time:
Get them a canine life jacket
Just like humans, dogs need to wear a life jacket, too. In fact, it may be even more crucial for dogs, as some may jump overboard. There are many canine life jackets to choose from, all of which provide extra safety without inhibiting movement. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to have your dog wear the life jacket before you get on the boat. That way, they’ll be used to wearing one by the time they head out on the water.
Bring fresh water
Yes, technically, there is plenty of water for your dog to drink from when you’re out boating. But even if you’re on a body of freshwater, your dog should still have safe, purified water to drink from. They may seem crystal clear, but freshwater lakes are often filled with bacteria, organisms, and pollution. To keep your pup safe, then, bring several bottles of water with you and store them in a cooler for safekeeping.
Have a place for your dog to relieve themselves
At some point during your outing, your dog will have to go to the bathroom. The last thing you want is your pup relieving themselves on your deck. As such, train your dog ahead of time to use puppy pads. This will protect your boat while also making the clean-up quicker and easier.