QUICK GUIDE TO SAFE BOATING WITH DOGS

Those who are experienced in taking their pet camping with them follow a number of simple rules. Those who take their dog along with them boating should also apply some basic rules to the way they care for their pet and care for the environment. Here is a look at how to take your pet safely with you boating.

FRESH WATER

Dogs need loads of fresh water when they are out in the sun. Dogs don’t sweat. Panting is a sign they need water. Excessive panting is a serious sign your dog needs water immediately.

SHADE TO REST

Just like us humans, extended exposure to the sun can lead to heat exhaustion. Your dog always needs a place with shade to rest. Portable dog beds are a great way to keep your dog comfortable on your boat. A bed they know from home will be their immediate resting place. Simply put it under some shade.

DOG SHOES

Yes, dogs can wear shoes too. Dog paws have padding which gives some amount of protection but extended periods on hot surfaces will lead to heat exhaustion because dogs absorb a lot of heat through the pads on their paws. Make sure your dog has cool surfaces to walk on or rest on.

MEET YOUR BOAT

A dog that has had some time to get acquainted with a boat on land will be a happier dog on the water. Train your dog to go to the toilet before getting on the boat. If it is the first time your dog is going on the water with you, try to keep the trip short.

DOG LIFE JACKETS

Dogs need life jackets just like humans do. While dog floatation devices are not a requirement of the law, you will love yourself for getting one if your dog falls off your boat into the water. Not all dogs are great swimmers at it can take some time to turn a boat around to pick up your pooch. Give your dog plenty of time to get used to the dog floatation device. He or she can start wearing it at home before you go.

PUT AWAY YOUR TACKLE

Fishing tackle is dangerous enough for us humans, let alone for inquisitive dogs. Always keep your fishing tackle stored away properly.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOUR DOG

When you are getting off your boat, you should think about keeping your dog on a leash. If you are out in the sticks, you might think it is fine to let your dog roam free until he or she is bitten by a deadly snake. Protect your dog by keeping him or her close by.

 


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Martin White
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Martin is huge on everything outdoors and is even bigger on driving and technology. He loves boats, new stuff and writing about it.