Take Your Best Friend Boating

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Everyone loves being invited to partake in summer fun activities - including your pets! After all, they are family AND your best friends, too. One summer activity you may be hesitant to involve your dog in is going out on the boat. While many dogs are typically natural swimmers, the question still stands as to whether they'd do well on the water or not. Firstmate Controls knows you want to include your furry buddy in all of your outdoor fun activities this summer, so we've come up with some helpful tips to follow when taking your dog on a boat. Check it out!

Acquaint Your Dog with the Boat

Our first tip is to get your dog acclimated and comfortable with the boat BEFORE launching. The last thing you want to do is to bring your dog out on the water and have to turn right back around because they become anxious or scared. Start out on the dock, letting them find their sea legs and become comfortable with the movement on the dock. Once they seem comfortable on dock, you can load them up on the boat while it's still docked. Let your dog check out the boat at their own time and pace. Dogs are more likely to be at ease while traveling if they're familiar with the vessel.

Take Your Dog Out for a Quick Test-Drive

Once your dog is comfortable with the dock and boat while in the lift, you can take your pooch out for a little test-drive. Stay near the dock or near a ramp in case you need to make a quick exit. Keep your pup on a leash so they do not try to jump overboard if they get nervous. Be sure to bring treats to praise them as they have good reactions to the experience. Positive reinforcements while on the boat will give your dog a better feeling about boating. And bring a couple of their favorite toys so they feel more comfortable.

Prepare the Boat Before Going Out on the Water

If you're not sure of how well your dog can swim, consider getting him a life jacket. Also take into consideration how long you plan to be on the water. If you're just going out for a 10 minute ride around the cove, you probably don't need to plan so extensively. However, if you plan to take your dog out all day on the water with you, it's best to plan ahead and be prepared. Make sure you pack food and plenty of clean drinking water for your dog. With all of their fur, dogs can quickly become overheated, and can get sunburned. Even if you plan to let your dog swim to cool down, you still need to make sure they have a well-covered area on the boat that they can have shade to keep cool and avoid sunburn.

Have the Right Equipment on Your Dock

Finally, we would recommend making sure your dock is equipped for ease and convenience. With a Firstmate Boat Lift Remote Control System, you can get on and off your boat more quickly and easily. The Firstmate systems are capable of being set to up, down, and board positions that make loading and unloading more convenient, meaning your dog can safely get on and off the boat. For more information about our boat lift remote control systems, visit our website or call us at 866-570-9707!

Contact Firstmate Controls TODAY to get your boat lift remote control system ordered.

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Firstmate Controls 
130 Century Commerce Loop
Labadie, MO 63055

Phone: (866) 570-9707

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