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Tips to Boating with Your Dog

Keep reading for a few tips to ensure your pup has a good time.

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Canine Cruiser: Tips to Boating with Your Dog

From best friend to fur-st mate. There’s no reason you shouldn’t share your passion for being on the water with your pooch. Keep reading for a few tips to ensure your pup has a good time.

1: Don’t get thirsty

Never let your dog drink from a stream, pond, lake, or other body of water. Avoid waterborne parasites and keep your pup hydrated by making sure to bring plenty of fresh, clean water. If you can, try to give your dog a shady spot to rest and escape the sun.

2: Be the life of the potty

Before getting on the boat, give your dog a chance to “go” on land. If your dog is accustomed to relieving themselves on puppy pads, make sure to bring pads along, designate a spot on your boat, and bring spare waste bags. If your pup isn’t used to using pads, set aside some time to make a trip ashore and let them relieve themselves.

3: Park it before you bark it

Give your dog a chance to get on the boat while you’re docked so they can get used it and you can gauge their reaction. Keep your dog’s first boat outing slow and short. If you notice they’re too nervous, it might be smarter to leave them at home.

4: Dress up for the big day

It’s important to invest in a life jacket for your dog. If you run into rough waters or your pup is pulled under by a current, they may not be able to swim. A life jacket will also allow you to easily pull your dog out of the water, as most include a handle. We recommend getting one that’s brightly colored and has some reflective trim.

5: Don’t go under-dog

Life can be unpredictable. Develop a plan in case your dog goes overboard and share it with everyone before you get on the boat.

6: You know best

Use your best judgment and common sense. If there are areas that may become slippery and cause your dog to fall, block them off. And most importantly, always pay attention to your dog and where they are, but make sure you’re not too distracted. Losing focus on either can be disastrous. If you’re not sure you can do both, add some more people to the party to help keep an eye on them.

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