Activities For Boating Enthusiasts With Dogs

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Introduction

The only thing in the world better than all that open water is your doggo! Are we right? We thought so. But we’re here today to show you how your two beloved worlds can collide. We hope these water and boating inspired activities will be both appealing and exciting for you when you actually try them. Share your photos and other activities below. We’d love to hear from you if you try our suggestions or if you have ideas of your own. Happy sails (and tails) to you!

New Boating Experience

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Hard
8 hrs
Items needed
new vessel
Doggie life vest
Harness and leash
Water and food
Doggie waste bags
Activity description
If you always travel in your sailboat, try a kayak. If you practically live on the pontoon, then opt for a canoe or a paddleboard instead. Trying a new boating experience is the name of this game. We want you to get out there and experiment. Stretch yourself, and see what you’re capable of. You might actually fall in love with a new kind of water ride. You never know until you try, right? Of course, keep your pup in mind as you make your selection. A Great Dane and a Dachshund are two wildly different breeds. In this case, size probably matters, so choose wisely!
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Select a new "ship"
Take into consideration what you think your pup can handle. Think of all the different vessel options out there: houseboat, bass boat, pontoon, paddleboard, kayak, canoe, sailboat, jon boat, cabin cruiser, raft, and more. Give one of these a whirl. You might just discover a new hobby for you and your dog.
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Test the waters first
More than likely, your dog isn't used to this vessel. So, let them try it out before you push out into the water. Give them some time to walk around, sniff, and even feel what the boat is like in the water. Test rides are great, but if you can’t manage one, then allow time for your pup to get acclimated.
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Bring another human friend along
An extra set of hands for those four paws may be necessary as you try out this new boating experience. Whenever you’re navigating in a new boat, you may find that two more hands are essential. Ensure that your dog will be safe. More than likely, they’re used to water and will be excited, so be sure they’re cared for in all that excitement.
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Find a Boat Show

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
8 hrs
Items needed
Internet access or word of mouth
Tickets to the show
Harness and leash
Water and food
Doggie waste bags
Activity description
Check the web or ask around and see if a marina near you is hosting a boat show soon. Make sure it’s pet-friendly, of course! More than likely, you’ll get to take in multiple boats that are worth millions; they'll be on trailers and in the water. It’ll be impressive, and your doggo can even enjoy the day with you. Be prepared for a full day ahead, so pack your dog’s necessary gear accordingly. It’ll probably be pretty hot, so be sure you and your pooch drink plenty of water. There’s usually something there for everyone in the family, including your favorite furry bestie.
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Research
Find a boat show that’s a good fit for everyone. If you have kids tagging along, be sure there are family-centered, fun activities for them. Many boat shows even host competitions and play areas for your canine companions, so do your research. Land the pawfect boat show for all your babies!
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Go and be amazed
You’re going to love checking out all the boats both on land and in the water. You might even take a helicopter or hot air balloon ride, eat some awesome food, and watch your pup win a blue ribbon in the small dog or large breed race! There’s so much going on at these events. Be amazed, smile, and enjoy yourself!
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Be part of the show next year
Next year, think about bringing your own boat to the boat show or even signing up to host a booth. Still bring your pooch along for the adventure, of course! They’ll be a pro at the whole boat show deal by then. Hopefully, this can even become an annual trip for you and the entire family.
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Waterway Getaway

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Any Day
Expensive
Hard
24 - 48 hrs
Items needed
Internet access or vacation property
Pet essentials for overnight stay and water play
Activity description
Even if you live on the water, maybe it’s time to just get away. Visit another body of water close by or a couple of hours away even. You might make a day trip of it, or you might decide to rent a beach house or lakeside cabin for the entire week. Your dog loves the water like you do, so just know that they’re going to really “dig” this adventure. You might even rent a houseboat for the weekend. Fair warning: you and your fur child may, indeed, fall for the lifestyle that is literally on the beautiful water.
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Research and book your trip
Get online and browse some options. You’ll find homes with water views and on-site or nearby boat access. Read reviews, and see what might work for you. Be sure to note that the cabin, condo, or home is pet-friendly. Many are, so be encouraged that you’ll find something for your four-legged kiddo.
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Plan to bring your boat or rent while you're away
Some properties even provide you with a covered dock for your boat. You know what you need, so take your time and find what works best with your boat, your pet, your family, and you. Renting a boat might be a better option for you, and it’s usually fun to try something new. Sometimes, a rental property will even have a boat included with your stay!
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Enjoy all aspects of the water
This includes jumping out of the boat sometimes and taking a dip in the water if the temps are right. We know you love the breeze in your face, but your doggo might really enjoy some swimming from time to time. You might, too! So don’t spend the entire time aboard. Dive into some different kinds of fun occasionally.
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More Fun Ideas...

Relaxing Raft Float

If it’s been a long week, try a float. Rent a raft. Relax and play with your dog as you both float down a calm river.

Fishing With Your Fur Child

Add fishing to your boating adventures. We bet your pup will love when you reel in a big one. They’ll never forget that experience!

Conclusion

Boating and floating? We’re noting your excellence and voting you best dog owner of the year! Often, our pet pooches really enjoy hanging with us and doing whatever we love to do. They can sense when you’re happiest, and your happiness puts them at ease. Bon voyage, boat enthusiasts and dog lovers!