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Cruising The Waves With Your Dog

Cruising The Waves With Your Dog

By: Mary Jane Gallagher

South Africa is home to an impressive array of rivers and coasts, with Cape Town boasting some of the world’s best-hidden beaches. A boat trip is one of the best ways to take advantage of these sights and waters, and when it comes to cruising the waves, your dog is your best companion. If you’ve recently adopted a pup, an outdoor adventure can be a great way to welcome your new pet into your life. Understanding effective training tips is the first step. Once you are prepared for bringing your dog on a boat, you will reap the enjoyment of having a loving and loyal companion on all your adventures at sea.

Safety At Sea 

Spending the day boating with your dog is a great way of spending some quality bonding time outdoors, and getting your pet involved in your favourite activities. Nowadays, many commercial cruises pride themselves as pet-friendly. You can be sure that your furry friend will have just as much fun as you on the waves.

Luckily, many dogs are instinctive swimmers, and most will enjoy playing in the water. However, it is important to prepare your pet for worst-case scenarios. Ensure that you have a well-fitted life jacket for your dog. Even though most dogs can swim, rough waves and strong currents pose a greater danger, and your dog may panic or suffer from fatigue. In that case, it’s better to err on the side of caution.

Bring fresh water for your dog, and plenty of dog waste bags, as your dog will likely need to relieve himself sometime on the journey. It is important to note that freshwater lakes are often contaminated with organisms and chemicals that are dangerous for your dog to ingest. Be sure to bring plenty of fresh water to prevent dehydration and to discourage your dog from drinking harmful lake water.

Mind Your Dog – But Also Mind Yourself

While you want to spend time with your dog, it’s important not to get distracted. Remember that you are not only responsible for your dog’s safety, but also for your own, and any other passengers who may be on the boat. Pay attention to driving the boat, and keep an eye on your dog in case they start chewing at any ropes or sails.

Being mindful of other passengers, particularly small children, is also key when going out with your dog. Accidents at sea happen quickly and unexpectedly, so it’s important to ensure good supervision of everyone on board. Keeping a close eye on your children and your pet can help reduce the chances of drowning. It’s a good idea to bring a leash for your dog, in case you need to keep them close while manning the boat or caring for other family members. It can be very easy to lose sight of your pet when you’re focusing on the waves ahead, and you don’t want to risk them jumping or falling overboard. Being able to tie your pet to the deck may be the best option for a more enjoyable, worry-free boat ride.

Ultimately, you want you and your dog to have the best time possible. Following the tips above will ensure that you travel safely and successfully with your pet pal. Caution is your friend in this scenario, and you should take the time to prepare your dog properly. They will thank you for it in the end.