5 Tips for Bringing Your Dog Onboard a Boat Rental

Written by Boatsetter Team
January 3, 2018

Last Updated on January 14, 2022 by Boatsetter Team

Sum up anyone’s most loved things in life and two that would surely rank high on many people’s list would be – boating and dogs. Imagine heading into the deep blues with the glorious sun aglow and the sprays and the smell of salt invigorating your senses. It’s so easy to see yourself enjoying all these with your best bud in town. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this can’t always be the case especially if you’re bringing your dog on the boat for the first time. To make the most of renting a boat and sharing the experience with your dog, here are top tips for your next dogcation.

1) Easy Does It

It will take some time for your dog to get used to the noise, sights and the sensation of being on charter boats. Start with taking him on short boat rides. These short trips are important to get them comfortable with the loud motor rumbling and being unsteady on their feet. Soon, when familiarity kicks in, they’ll be more comfortable with moving on water and being on chartered boats. Then you and your dog will have a blast whether fishing or family boating for long periods of time.

2) Canine Life Jacket

This is a smart tool to bring along with you whenever you have your pet aboard. Even the best swimmers or water breeds can benefit from one. This can help dogs swim longer and keep them safe when currents are strong, and water choppy. Aside from boating emergencies, this dog safety device has convenient handles to so you can lift or help your pet get into the boat if you stop for a swim.

3) Dog-Specific First Aid Kits

This can be purchased at most pet stores with everything you need from self-cling bandages to antibiotic ointments. Like people, dogs get seasick too. Check with your vet for medicine and other remedies.  Being too safe never hurts. In fact, having a kit in stock takes your mind off worries and lets you enjoy your boat rental holiday and your buddy’s dogcation fully.

4) Be ready when nature calls

The first short trips that progress into longer ones are the best opportunities for you to train your dog to “do his business” in the right space.  Not only will this be a good sanitary practice, it also has its safety implications. Animal feces can pollute the waters. Keep the environment clean and safe by cleaning up after your pet when nature calls.

5) Avoid Overheating

Holidaying in charter boats means a lot of fun hours under the sun. But intense and too much exposure to heat can be bad for your dog. Be sure to give him someplace to keep cool. Make sure the water supply is enough for everyone in the boat including your dog. And protect your pet from sunburn with spray-on, unscented sunscreen.

Your dog can learn to love time spent on chartered boats as much as you do! Keep these tips in mind and start planning your next holiday and your pet’s dogcation with these destination guides. Check out the best boat rentals near you!

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