It's important to acknowledge that pets need to be safe on the water as much as humans do. If you choose to share your boating memories with your pet, we recommend that you take the necessary steps to ensure that every trip out onto the water is a happy and safe one for all paws on board.
Please remember that although dogs can swim, they will easily tire if they are asked to swim to shore from the middle of a lake. Our dog life vests will not only keep your dog afloat, but also come equipped with a handle on them to help you lift your dog back into your boat if he/she is in the water.
Buckeye also keeps doggy boat ladders in stock. These ladders act as a ramp to allow your dog to go in and out of your boat easily. This reduces stress on your dog and you, as no lifting is required.
Discover Boating suggests that you take a "Doggy Bag" with you when you take your dog on board. The Doggy Bag would include:
- Food and treats to last the trip
- Dishes for food and water
- Favourite Toys
- Harness and leash
- Medication, if required
- First-aid kit containing the basics, in case your dog gets into any scrapes
- Doggie waste bags