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Taking Fido Out on the Water Safely

Dog wearing life jacket to safe swimIf you have a dog in your life, chances are you like to include your furry companion in family activities. If that includes a day out on the water, there are some safety tips that you should follow. Just as you would do the right things to make sure your human passengers are safe, do the same for your pet.

Dogs Overboard

Whether your dog jumps or falls overboard, do you know what you will do? Come up with a plan and make sure to discuss it with everyone on the boat. Typically, you will cut the engine, call your dog to you, and have someone let it back in.

Life Jackets

Yes, there are life jackets for dogs. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, varying weather conditions can make it difficult for your pet to stay above water. Not only will a life jacket help your dog float, but it will give you something to grab onto should your dog fall out of the boat.

First-Aid Kits

Have a properly-stocked first-aid kit aboard your boat at all times. At the minimum, you should have peroxide, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, and bandages. You can find a more comprehensive list of pet first-aid kit essentials from The Humane Society of the United States.


Bring your dog aboard the boat several times while it is still docked. First time boat riders can be nervous. Let your dog get used to your vessel while it is immobile. This ensures that your dog is comfortable in its surroundings and won’t try to escape out of fear once you are out on the open water.

Know the Law

There are few regulations when it comes to pets on boats, but check just to be sure. States vary with their laws and ordinances. If you are planning an extended trip on international waters, be sure to understand foreign laws as they pertain to dogs on boats.

Boating with your four-legged family member can be an enjoyable experience for everyone. When you introduce your pet to the boat and know what you will do in an emergency, everyone is safer. With the right supplies and safety equipment, you are sure to have a fantastic day on the water.

If you have been injured in a boating accident, our attorneys are here for you. Call our offices today for assistance. We are happy to discuss your case at no cost to you and advise you how to go forward. Call now.

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