7 TIPS FOR BOATING WITH YOUR DOG
Dogs are man’s best friend. They love going to places with their owners. So if you’re a dog owner and you love going boating, why shouldn’t your dog keep you company? Dogs are known to enjoy going out on the water as much as the next person, making your furry pal the best companion when you go boating. Before you do that though, here are a few things you need to take note of so that both you and your dog will have as much fun as possible on your next boating trip.
GET A CANINE LIFE JACKET
Dogs are instinctive swimmers, but that doesn’t mean they’re exempt from drowning. Dogs can still drown if they’re fatigued or are swimming in the high seas. Dog life jackets or dog flotation devices are the simple solution. When buying one, make sure that the life jacket fits your dog snugly.
TRAIN YOUR DOG TO BE COMFORTABLE WHEN BOATING
It’s not recommended to take your dog to a full day of boating if it is his or her first time. Dogs feel uncomfortable on unsteady ground. So before you take them on a full day of boating, familiarise them with the feeling of being on a boat first. Take them to a couple of short boating trips. A couple of hours will do until they feel comfortable and safe.
BRING A BOWL AND WATER
Train your dog not to drink water from sources other than what you supply. Instead, bring your dog’s water bowl and drinking water to keep him or her hydrated. Your dog is bound to get dehydrated if you stay too long aboard the boat, especially if the weather is scorching. Additionally, you can also bring a bag of dog food in case your dog needs a bite.
BRING PAPER TOWELS AND WASTE BAGS
If you’re going on a long trip with your dog, bring paper towels and waste bags. Your dog will have to pee or take a poop at some point. You’ll need those waste bags and paper towels to clean the mess up. Some people usually forget this, but basically, you need to treat your dog like a baby. You need to clean up the mess they leave behind.
MIND YOUR FISHING GEAR
If you’re going fishing with your dog, place your fishing gear somewhere where your dog won’t get snagged on it. It’s a pretty simple task, but some people will still forget. Always keep your dog safe and away from potential danger their curiosity and playfulness may bring.
HAVE A PLAN READY
Always have a plan ready in case your dog goes overboard. Think about what you need to do when your dog goes overboard so that if it does happen (heaven forbid), you’re ready! Don’t panic, stay calm and execute your plan.
BRING A FIRST AID KIT FOR DOGS
Yes, dog specific first-aid kits are a thing. They are very similar to standard first-aid kits except they are designed for dogs. This kit usually consists of absorbent gauze pads, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, cotton balls or swabs, gauze rolls, hydrogen peroxide, ice pack, non-latex disposable gloves, petroleum jelly for thermometer lubrication, rectal thermometer, sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages and tweezers.
Bear in mind that you’re bringing your furry pal to unknown territory. He or she will feel uncomfortable and scared the first time. Introduce boating slowly with short trips until he or she gets comfortable with it. At the same time, slowly train your dog on how to behave while on a boat to avoid accidents. After all, you’ll be responsible for both of your safety.
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