8 Tips for Boating with Your Pups

8 Tips for Boating with Your Pups

8 Tips for Boating with Your Pups Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

8 Tips for Boating with Your Pups

Your dogs are like family, which is why it’s always fun to take them along for a joyride on the water every once in awhile!

However, boating with your pups isn’t always a walk in the park. Here are eight quick tips to ensure that your boat ride is enjoyable for both you and your furry loved ones!

  1. Pack a collapsible, travel-friendly bowl that you can fill with fresh water for your pup. You can easily find these in most stores as well as online.
  2. While you’re at it, pack your pup’s food, treats and toys to make him feel at peace in a new environment.
  3. Take some time before your boat trip to get your pup acquainted with your boat.
  4. Make sure there is a shaded area on your boat. If you don’t always have a boat shade installed on your vessel, now’s the time when you’re boating with your pups. Shade keeps them from being dehydrated and also acts as a cool area for them to protect and land their paws from too much sun exposure.
  5. If you happen to be fishing, make sure that you stow away all bait, lures and other harmful equipment so they’re not within your pup’s reach.
  6. The day of your boat ride, set aside enough time to allow your dog to relieve himself before boarding your vessel.
  7. Even if your dog is used to swimming, it can be a good idea to fit him with a pet life jacket. Though there are no regulations for life jackets for your pet, it’s another precaution you can take to ensure your pup’s safety.
  8. Lastly, if this is your pup’s first boat ride, keep this excursion to a minimum until your furry friend warms up and gains his sea legs.

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