He’s your best friend, so why can’t he also be the first mate of your ship? That’s right, taking your dog boating is an excellent idea, you can have a blast together while forming a unique bond that not all dog owners get to share. Many dog breeds especially love the water, and will feel completely at home, whether in a lake or at sea. But, as with any other outing, you need to take some steps to ensure your dog’s safety and comfort while aboard your vessel. Think about the following tips when taking your dog boating.

Bring Fresh Water

            It is very important to bring water for your dog to drink on the boat, especially if it’s a warm day. The sun beating off of the reflective water can make your dog even warmer, and he can become dehydrated very quickly. Bring a fresh source of water for him; don’t just expect him to magically drink out of the lake. Don’t forget to bring some water for yourself as well, dehydration is no laughing matter.

Buy Matching Life Jackets

            Well, they don’t have to be matching, but wouldn’t it be cute if they did? Regardless of whether they match, both you and your dog need to be wearing life jackets. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a lab who seems to share more DNA with a duck than a dog, he still needs one. Your dog could fall in while the boat is moving or he could panic when he senses the depth of the lake, which is far greater than it is near the shore. Either way, isn’t it easier to put a doggy life jacket on Fido than to risk his life?

Bring Towels and a Blanket

            If your dog goes swimming he’s going to be very wet, and it’s far better to towel him off than have him shake all over your boat! Bring your dog’s blanket as well. Even if it is warm the breeze that blows by when the boat is moving can be very chilly, and your dog will be much more comfortable with a blanket.


            Boating can be a fun experience for the whole family, so don’t leave your canine members out. Be safe, and have fun on the high seas!


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