Keep Your Furry Friend Safe with this Handy Pet Boat Safety Checklist

Keep Your Furry Friend Safe with this Handy Pet Boat Safety Checklist

Are you trying to beat the dog days of summer?

Pet Boat Safety
Many of us on Long Island seek out relief on the water, and many still take their dog. But even if a day on the boat is the most exciting thing since treats, a lot of things could still go off the wrong way. So before planning that grand boating adventure with your four-legged friend, check out this handy pet boat safety checklist to help keep everyone safe on board.

1. Check Comfortability Level

First off let’s start with the basics. Has your animal friend been on a boat before? If the answer is no, then start off slow. Many dogs that love the water can still find boats unfamiliar and might have issues adjusting to the strange footing and balancing act required to navigate on a boat. The best way to help them find their sea-legs is to start short. Instead of heading right out for a full day, give your friend some time to get used to the boat. Start with just being on the boat at first, and then make short trips out.

2. Don’t Forget a Life Jacket

The most important safety rule for humans also applies to animals. Wear a life jacket. There are many brands of pet life preservers available on the market today. Even if you have a dog or cat that can swim, open water can present hazards that even the most able bodied swimmers can’t cope with. This is why you should always wear a life jacket.

3. In Case Of Emergency, Have a Plan

Knowing what to do in case of an emergency can mean the difference between a fright and out right disaster. So, before you even step one foot on a boat, have an emergency plan in case your pet goes overboard. Make a list of all the steps to take and think about how you can get your pet out of the water. In cases like these, a harness is recommended instead of a collar.

4. Bring Along the Basics

Nobody in their right mind goes for a day on the water without proper supplies, which includes water, food, and first aid. The same should also be true for the furry passengers on board. Always take the basics for them as well, and don’t forget the sunscreen either.

5. Check the Laws for both Birth and Destination

Depending on where you are, and where you are going; there maybe laws restricting who you can take with you. So before heading out to sea, make sure you’re not walking your furry friend into legal trouble.

6. Use Basic Sense

Also known as “common sense,” this is an invaluable skill. This is essential to deal with all the hazards and obstacles one will face on the water. Animals can be unpredictable even in the best of times, and keeping alert and being aware should be the first and last line of defense.

New York Marine Trades Association