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Boating safety for dogs

dog boating safety
Photo credit:  Intrepid Sailor and Dog-lover Becky Wright

Boating in South Florida is not just a way of life for the humans, but for their dogs too.  Dogs often handle cruising the intracoastal or the ocean with great enthusiasm.  Just as there is a check list for people safety at sea, there is simple list of precautions to take for the safety and comfort of your best friend.

  • dogs should always wear a size-appropriate life vest
  • a dog life vest must have a strong grab handle
  • bring fresh water for drinking
  • watch walking surfaces to protect dog paws from sharp edges, like seashells and metal, and hot fiberglass
  • bring a supply of poop bags in case your destination isn't dog-ready
  • don't forget sunscreen, or dog visors and other protective gear, and provide shade at all times
  • do not tie or leash your dog to a watercraft; if it sinks your dog will drown
  • keep your dog in your sight at all times so that he doesn't jump and not be noticed

Enjoy your water recreation - or even full-time lifestyle - with your dog.  Just as for children, learning to swim in a water-surrounded community like south Florida is not only fun, it could save your dog's life.  Spend some time at the beach, dog lake or private pool for basic swimming lessons.

Comments

  • Anne 5 years ago

    Do you have tips for boating with your dog? Share them here!

  • prinsmom 5 years ago

    it's obvious how much you love animals. keep up the great work!

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