Remi, Sassi and Anna love to go boating in the summer with owner Barbara Kappe and her family of Tinton Falls, NJ. Barbara said her canine crew loves to spend holidays and weekends on the St. Lawrence River.
Many dogs love to go boating with their owners, but it is a good idea to get them used to the boat before taking a trip. Let them visit on board while the boat is docked and make their first trips short ones.
Other safety tips for dogs on boats:
- Put lifejackets on your dogs when the boat is moving or any time you cannot watch your dog closely
- Pack a pet first aid kit
- Have a safety plan in case a dog goes overboard
- Review local and state water regulations for any rules concerning pets on boats
For more tips on training and care of your dogs, plus numerous other benefits, enroll your dog in the AKC Canine Partners program –