Tips on Boating with Pets

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The Perfect Guide to Having a Great Boating Adventure With Your Pet

We consider our pets to be our furry best friends and valued members of our family. It’s only natural that you would want to bring them with you on your holiday. After all, they can make an average vacation an amazing one! Renting a boat charter with a pet is easy with Boatsetter, but there are some tips on boating with pets that wouldn’t hurt to know before you embark on this magnificent adventure. To help you out, we’ve compiled this guide to make sure you and your pet get the most out of your trip.

How to prepare your pet for boating

Boating with pets requires some preparation on your side, but it’s nothing too difficult, don’t worry. So, here are some tips on what to do and know before taking a pet on a boat. If you have a chance to visit a boat marina with your pet before renting a boat, that would be a great opportunity to get it used to the sights, scents, and sounds. If not, don’t despair, you can always play videos of boat engines and boat noises at home. Also, you might want to see how your pet reacts to large bodies of water. If they are eager swimmers, you won’t have an issue. Many times, dogs, in particular, are great about being on boats. They just need a little exposure to the boat first.

What to bring on a boating trip with a pet

Firstly, you’re gonna want to be really patient with your pet since taking them on a boat might be a new and exciting experience for them. Once you’ve familiarized them with the marina, you can let them explore the surroundings on their own or on a leash. Freshwater and snacks for bribing good boys (and girls) are always appreciated. You’ll also want to bring an extra leash and a collar, just in case. Before going on a pet boating holiday trip with your luxury yacht rental, check with your vet if the pet has received all the shots and is fit for the adventure ahead. If your precious little critter has issues when you drive, it wouldn’t hurt to ask the vet about seasickness and motion sickness medication you can bring on board, just in case.

Some pets may need safety gear for boating

You should definitely invest in a pet life jacket. You can get either a fitted one at a pet shop or purchase one online before embarking on your adventure. A life jacket is the ultimate piece of pet safety gear you should invest in. Depending on the size of your pet, you will have to either carry it to the boat or if we are talking about larger animals, then they might have to use the ramp or companionway stairs.

How to train a pet for boating

If it’s a short boat ride, then make sure that your pet goes to the restroom before boarding your boat rental. If you plan on renting a boat for a sailing trip that will last for days, then you should consider teaching your pet to use pads or a container with sod or sand. If you plan to make stops, your furry companion can relieve himself on the land. When it comes to swimming, make sure your pet is comfortable with a life jacket way before you take him on a boating trip.  

If all else fails…

Don’t force it. If your dog or a cat isn’t fond of boating, if they are too scared, or just can’t get used to boats, maybe it would be best to leave them with a trusting friend or relative who can take care of them while you have a great time on a boat charter. You can always rent out simple boats and go on a joyride a couple of times until your pet is used to the sounds of a running boat engine.

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