Making life afloat easier By Jessica Stone
With a little planning, you and your four-legged crew can have great fun on the water. Here are six simple tips to help your pooch feel safe, comfortable, and happy on your boat. 1. Dogs, like people, can get seasick. Hide a capsule of powdered
ginger in a chunk of cheese to settle a queasy stomach. Doggy ginger snaps are an
effective treat that help to prevent mal-de-mer while doubling as a reward for great
behavior. See this article online for a recipe ( www.BoatUS.com/Magazine).
2. If your dog swims in saltwater, take a moment to give her a freshwater rinse at the
6Ways To Keep Your Dog Happy & Healthy On The Water Taking your canine buddy on your boating adventures guarantees more fun for all
end of the day. Pay attention to her paws.
Salt irritates the webbing between dogs’
toes and may cause cracking or bleeding.
3. Dogs are easier to bring back aboard
after a swim (intentional or otherwise)
if they wear a life jacket or harness with
a handle. Avoid the styles with only one
or two straps, as they can be unstable and
pinch or cut skin. Select a style with full
coverage under the belly to provide greater protection and increased buoyancy.
4. To lift large dogs aboard, consider a
Rappel Sling. Designed to lower rescue
dogs into remote areas, these heavy-duty
slings attach easily to hardware on your
boat. They will reduce strain on your
back, protect your pet, and can be used
to lift other heavy items on board as well.
5. Train your dog to poop on a square
of Astroturf on deck. Always keep the
grass in the same spot so she understands
that this is an OK place. Add a grommet
to a corner of the turf and thread a line
through it for easy rinsing. Solid materials
should be collected and disposed of
6. You can save the work of toting dog
chow down the dock each weekend by
storing kibble on board in an airtight
plastic box. Add several bay leaves to the
dry food to deter bugs. Remove the leaves
before feeding your pet.
Jessica Stone lives in the Pacific Northwest,
where she’s a full-time writer, public speaker,
and avid boater. She is the author of Doggy
on Deck – Absolutely Everything You
Need to Know Before Cruising with
Fido, and How to Retire on a Boat.