Do you love your fur baby more than life itself? Do you want to always bring your furry four-legged friend with you while you do everything? With our pet-friendly boats, you’re able to take your pet boating with you. Freedom Boat Club welcomes all pets to come boating whether you want your cat to come or your dog, you’ll be impressed with the variety of our pet-friendly boats. Freedom Boat Club is a boating club located on Lake Lanier. With two locations, one in Buford and the other in Cumming, GA, you’ll be able to enjoy a day in the sun with your four-legged friend, family, or two-legged friends. We pride ourselves on being able to provide you with a fun experience while including all of your loved ones in the mix. With an array of boats to choose from, we’ll be able to make sure everyone has a safe and fun time. When you become a member at Freedom Boat Club, you can go to any Freedom Boat Club all over the country.

Five Boating Safety Tips For Pets

Most of our pet-friendly boats are pontoon boats, which don’t go as fast as speed boats and will allow your pet to stay safe. In today’s blog, we’ll be focusing on how you can take your pet boating with some of these essential safety boating tips. Keep in mind, it’s best to acclimate your pet to boating if they’ve never gone before. These tips are important safety tips for when your animal is on the boat with you. Before you even go boating it’s important to make sure your animal feels safe and secure while on the boat. By acclimating your animal first and foremost, you’ll be able to have a smoother boating excursion.

Life Jackets For Pets Are Just As Important

Just like humans, life jackets for pets are just as important. To learn more about life jackets read, The History Of Life Jackets, to know about the origins of life jackets and why it’s important to wear them. With your animal, you can find life jackets for pets at pet stores or on the Internet to make sure they are prepared if they fall overboard, like a human. Make sure the life jacket fits well and your animal doesn’t feel uncomfortable. Even if you don’t think your animal needs a life jacket because they are a water breed, it’s still a good idea to purchase a life jacket for your animal. With the possibility of choppy waters, you’ll be able to keep your animal safe with a life jacket. In addition, make sure the life jacket has good handles so you’re able to lift up your pet if they do fall overboard. On a side note, if you don’t put a life jacket on your animal and grab them by the collar, that can be very detrimental to your pet.

Have A Backup Plan For A Pet Emergencies

Like when you go boating with small children, the elderly, or just with your friends, it’s best if you have a reliable backup plan for if any emergency happens. In case your animal falls overboard, you need to develop a plan to make sure your dog is safe. First, you should make sure your pet is wearing a life jacket, as aforementioned. Second, make a plan with everyone on board about what each passenger needs to do if your animal falls overboard. Third, make sure everyone knows what to do if the animal does fall overboard. A good plan, like with a human, is to turn off the engine when you notice the animal has fallen overboard and then to call out to them so they are able to come over. If your animal is not well trained or does not respond to their name, it might be best if you train the animal a little more before you go boating with him or her. Lastly, if you have the opportunity, take the time to practice what to do if your animal falls overboard with the people on board.

Hydration 

Make sure to bring plenty of water not only for you, but also for your animal. Hydration is key when you’re boating because you never know how long you’ll be out on the water and you’re in the burning hot sun. However much water you want to bring for yourself, make sure you bring almost as much for your animal as well. Pets, specifically dogs, tend to get hot and sweat if they are in the sun too long, which is why you need to make sure you have enough water for your animal. In addition, if your animal has longer hair they’ll sweat more than a shorter haired animal. The best way to make sure your animal stays hydrated is by bringing a bowl – a collapsible one is probably best – so your animal can drink while he or she is on board. If you’re going to be gone for a long time, then make sure to bring some food for your pet as well.

Leashes, Collars, and Identification

First, identification is key. Make sure that your animal has identification in case they end up getting away from you. Identification will allow you to find your animal again if they fall overboard etc. Instead of having your address on the identification, it would be best to have the cell phone number so you can be reached easily. Second, instead of having a collar or a leash on your animal try to purchase a harness before you go boating. A harness will allow you to keep your dog safe and be able to lift them up without hurting them if they fall overboard or go into the water. Be aware of bringing a leash, because it might get tangled and lead to an accident on the boat. A leash is a good idea if you’re careful, however, take the proper precautions. The best option you can have for your pet is a harness to keep them on board with you at all times.

Protect Your Pet’s Skin

For short-haired animals, you’re going to want to bring sunscreen for your pet. Like people, animals’ skin is very sensitive and will burn easily, especially if the animal has short hair. If your animal has longer hair, then their skin is pretty well protected, however, if you want to stay safe, then sunscreen their fur as well. Remember when you are applying sunscreen to your animal to rub it on the belly, hind legs, on top of their head, and on their back as well so they stay protected. When you purchase sun screen, make sure it’s pet sunscreen so they don’t lick the zinc oxide and other chemicals that are harmful to them and are liable to get them sick. In addition, spray on is the easiest choice to apply to your animal. To make sure your pet’s skin is always protected, always re-apply if they get into the water.

If you’re interested in taking your pet out onto the water with you, check out some of our boats to see which one is a pet-friendly one. For more information, fill out the form below.

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