Are you considering taking your dog on your boat this Labor Day weekend? On this last big holiday weekend for summer boating, Boat Owners Association of the U.S. (BoatUS) has some tips that are gleaned from its members’ reported “Pet Blunders”:
Make sure your dog knows how to swim before hitting the deep water. Consider the benefits of a doggie life jacket: The dog can swim longer in the deep and can be retrieved into the boat easier by the jacket’s handle. Keep a boat hook handy for reaching.
Dogs can get seasick, so keep them in the open where they can see the horizon. Exhaust fumes can make dogs sick, too; keep them in well-ventilated areas. And, of course, consume alcohol in moderation. There are more humorous stories (including some cats) at www.boatus.com.