Hi, my name is Daisy and I’m a Puggle from the Chesapeake Bay-area of Virginia. Boating and swimming go together for me like a Kong and peanut butter. They are two of my most favorite things to do with my family!
One of the most important things to keep in mind while boating is safety. So since Wednesday, August 26th, is National Dog Day, my friends at Sea Tow asked me to share a few tips for boating with your furry friends.
It is important for all dogs to wear life jackets! I always wear mine, you should too! Make sure your mom or dad get you one that fits properly and never leave the dock without it. Just like for humans!
When we go on the boat, I always go to my favorite place for when we’re underway – behind the console by the dad’s feet, he’s usually the Captain. It’s the best place because I’m out of the wind and close to my human. He also puts down a towel for me to lay on for some cushion.
After we cruise around for a while, we often anchor and swim. While I do like being in the water and swimming, I make it my job to help keep an eye on the kids while they jump off and swim around enjoying the water. That way if they need help, I can bark to make sure mom and dad know.
On really hot days, I like to go down in the cabin where it’s air conditioned. I need to have a place to go cool off when I need to. If there’s not I’d rather stay home.
Being on the boat is fun because I’m with my family. And there’s nothing better than spending time with them!
Bottom line, when you do take your dog, make sure that you’re prepared. We need lots of cold water, a life jacket, maybe something to snack on, a toy to chew on, and lots of love.
Woof! Safe boating!