Boating Safety For Dogs

Summer is upon us, and with warm weather and sunny skies, many owners are choosing to take their dogs out to sea on their boats.  Many four-legged companions enjoy sailing as much (heck, maybe even more than) their human counterparts. The feeling of the wind in your fur and the smell of salt air is enough to make dogs giddy with a sense of adventure!


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However, there are safety considerations to keep in mind before bringing your dog on board.  The folks at K9 of Mine  created a Dog Safety Tips Infographic that they've shared with Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them to help keep canine companions safe while out on the water. 

Be sure to read these tips before you take your pet out on the water!
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One of the biggest goals we have had for our dogs has been to get Icy and Phoebe out on the water in a boat!  We love being out on the water but my dogs have rarely been on boats. 

Phoebe came along on a sunset cruise aboard a large boat, but Icy has yet to find her sea legs! Neither of them has been on a  canoe, kayak, or raft, but this season will be different! 

Icy's maiden voyage aboard a boat is planned for later this month!  I'm both excited and a bit anxious about it. I will let you know how it goes in an upcoming post.  I'll be sure to follow all the safety tips on K9 of Mine's Info-Graphic before we go!

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Icy and Phoebe are mostly Land Lubbers, but hopefully we can get them out on the ocean this Summer!

A big THANK YOU to K9 of Mine for sharing this Pet Safety Ingo-Graphic and tips to keep pets safe on the water!

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Icy's new life jacket from Outward Hound will keep her safe on the boat



🐶 I'll be careful to use a Life Vest for dogs before I bring my dogs on any boat, you should too! As the Infographic shows, it's an important safety tool. I just got Icy a beautiful new life jacket from Outward Hound - Isn't it pretty! They offer a great discount for first time orders on their site, which was a big help. 


Have you taken your pet out on the water?  Please leave us a comment and tell us about it, you know we love hearing from you!






13 comments:

  1. The boys have never been in a boat but we hope to get them on the water this summer! Great infographic ❤️

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    1. I love this Info-Graphic, I think it's a great pet safety sheet!

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  2. Many years ago when we used to camp, my hubby had a fishing boat. Our dogs at the time absolutely loved going out in the boat! We had to train our Lab mix Maggie to stay in the boat until we stopped and told her it was OK to swim. I really miss those days!
    PS...Having your dog fall out of the boat is NOT a good way to learn that they can indeed swim. We weren't very smart back then at times (and got life jackets for them after that).
    Jan & the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. That must have been so great! I'm dying to get Icy & Phoebe out on a boat this Summer. Life jackets are a must for sure.

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  3. We have not taken Ruby out on a boat yet. We are still trying to get her used to walking on the beach or near water.

    Our former dog, Pip, loved the water and boat rides. He was a Yorkie and we had a little life jacket for him.

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    1. The more I hear about Pip the more amazing I can see he was. I'm sure Ruby will get there, taking it slow is the smartest thing you can do.

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  4. I just Pinned this to my dog board. Considering it's summer, this is timely info!

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    1. I'm so glad you found it Pin-worthy! I definitely think it's so timely. I see a lot of people with dogs on boats, sitting out on the front of the boat with no life jacket and no one close to the dog. It always frightens me.

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  5. My dogs have been in a canoe and they enjoyed it! These are great tips for boat safety.

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  6. Thanks for the reminder to buy new dog life jackets! I remember checking last year and most of our dogs seemed to have outgrown what we have.

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  7. Neither of my dogs have ever been on a boat before, although I've been thinking of getting either a canoe or a kayak and I'd for sure want to try bringing them with me. I got them both life jackets a few summers ago that we just use when we take them swimming, so I'd for sure make them wear those. Thanks for all the tips!

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  8. I have only ever seen cats in canoes! Kitty Cat Go cats and Bailey the Boat cta (who has since returned to become a landlubber). Without fail they wore lifejackets, and could swim.

    People NEED to read this stuff. I can't imagine going out without a lifejacket, Safety FIRST, LAST and ALWAYS!!!!

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  9. Good luck with the boat trips. I had a friend who moved to a house on the lake and her two dogs loved the boat rides. they had their life vests on at all times.

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