5 Tips to Help Your Dog to Stay Safe on Boating Trips

Published by doggie health care on Tagged Keep Them Healthy & Safe!

It may take a few trips to the water to get your dog to be more at ease in the water and confident in his abilities to swim and play along when you bring him to the water. Some dogs enjoy the water the first time they try, but there are those who do not like the water and it takes time. It may take some patience while working with your pooch to get him used to water sports. Once your buddy gets used to the water you can do more water activities.

Here are tips that will help you to keep your dog safe while helping him to lose any fear of water he may have.

1. Some beaches don’t allow animals on them. When they do there are rules to follow like clean the mess your dog makes, keep the animal on a leash, and don’t let your dog near any other people or dog unless invited to do so. These rules and regulations can be found online at www.dogfriendly.com.
2. Dogs are used to the ground and floor being stable and not moving while it holds them up, boats do not offer this stability. If you take him with you on a boating trip take your time introducing him to the boat. If you push him he will be scared and not want to try later again. Keep in mind that dogs are afraid of the ground moving while they are standing still. You can take them on car rides to get them used movement to some extent. Keep in mind boats do not move like cars though. When you are getting your dog used to boat rides keep him on a leash for his safety. You also need to take short boat rides the first few times. This will help your dog to build confidence.
3. Your dog needs shade to stay cool and protect them from getting a sunburn on his ears and nose. They need to have a shaded area where they can sit because the deck can get hot as well which can be really uncomfortable for their feet and bottom.
4. Many of us like to jump off of the side of the boat to cool off on a hot summer day. You could allow your dog to join in on the fun if you take precautions. Remember to watch for strong tides and other dangers like jellyfish and sea lice. Sea lice will make your dog skin itchy, irritated, and can be painful. Jellyfish can sting your dog as well. Rinsing your dog off with fresh water will help remove anything he may have gotten into in the water as well as removing salt if you aren’t in a freshwater lake.
5. While you are at home your dog always needs to have fresh drinking water available, when you go boating the rule doesn’t change. You need to bring drinking water for your dog with you. The water you are boating in may contain a lot of bacteria, parasites and other germs, especially in areas that do not see much movement.

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