If you are like me, you look for every opportunity to take your dog with you anywhere. Whether I am hitting the open roads or the open waters my pup, sporting her bandana, is by my side.
Want to include your dog in your activities? Check out these helpful tips to make an adventure with your trusty canine companion fun and safe.
Taking your dog out on the boat
First, make sure your dog is comfortable on your vessel. Gradually introduce them to the boat and the feeling of being rocked about by water.
Next, get your dog a life jacket that fits. It might seem silly, but if your pup accidentally falls into the water you will be glad you had it. Dog life jackets come equipped with durable handles and also take some of the exertion out of the doggy paddle.
Lastly, take into consideration these things:
- Potty breaks
- Dangers on deck
- Slick surfaces that cause dogs to slip
- Hot surfaces that can burn delicate paw pads
Heading out in the RV
It might seem strange, but not every campsite welcomes pets. Be sure to confirm that the campground is dog friendly and bring along a copy of your dog’s vaccination records.
Remember to pack:
- Dog leash
- Plenty of food
- Dog bed and toys
- Extra towels
- Important records
Hitting the open road on your motorcycle
There is nothing better than hitting the open road with your best buddy by your side. But before start your adventure, make sure it is legal for your dog to accompany you on your motorcycle and that you use the proper safety harness or equipment. Next, consider your pup’s size and temperament.
Next you will need the right protective safety gear:
- Jacket or sweater
- Carrier or side car
Seeing the country together on a road trip
The worst part of a long vacation for me is kenneling my pups. If I can take a road trip with them I do it. That being said, you want to make sure your dog will be happy in a car for long stretches. Some dogs hate car rides or get antsy if they are in the car too long.
So once you establish that they will be comfortable, here are some good ground rules to follow:
- Give your dog regular potty breaks
- Book pet-friendly accommodations (Some hotel chains are pet friendly across the board)
- Stay on track with feeding routines