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Boating with Pets: All Paws on Deck!

Thu, Jul 09, 2015 at 10:04AM

Your best furry friend on land can double as your crewmate on the water! Whether you’re the proud owner of a loveable dog or cat, bringing your pet along with you on boat trips can be one of the most rewarding things you do—for both you and Fido! Here are just a few reasons why:

They love the outdoor time. This is perhaps one of the simplest reasons to bring your pet on board—they’ll love it! With dogs especially, even typically indoor-dwelling canines will go crazy for the chance to soak up some sun, jump in the water and enjoy a day of cruising with you. Many indoor pets never really get the chance to spend more than a few minutes outside at a time, so helping them do so when you can be a positive experience.

A day on the boat makes for great exercise. Pets need exercise too, so stepping on and off the boat, exploring above and below deck, and swimming are all ways for your pet to be active while still enjoying himself immensely.

They make for great company. Whether you’re on the boat alone or simply live by the mantra, “the more the merrier,” simply having a pet on board with you can make the trip a better one.

You can make a special set of memories. Even if you don’t remember every single walk, feeding, and bedtime with your pet, you’re sure to create an entire set of memories by taking them out on the boat. The quality time you share on the boat or at your destination is something that you and your family will remember forever.

You can take advantage of precious quality time with your pets. How often do you get to enjoy just spending time with your pet? If you’re at the office all week and, by Friday, find that you really need a break, bring along your furry friend. You need an afternoon off, and they’ll be happy to spend it with you!

They can help you and your family beat boredom! While your dog or cat is sure to love any afternoon spent on the boat, they can also help make the trip easier on families (especially those with young kids) by providing an instant boredom buster. When their favorite stuffed animal, toy or DVD just won’t do the trick, young kids can be comforted by the companionship of a family pet. If there’s a lull of bad weather, you can relax for a while with a friendly dog or cat who’s eager to please you, your family and any guests that are on board.

You may be encouraged to try something new. Watching your dog take a swim off shore or interact with new natural elements for the first time may even inspire you to step out of your comfort zone with him! Whether it’s a new water sport or simply new destination, having your pet on board can push you to take on new adventures as a team.

Do you frequently boat with your pets? Share your stories with us below!


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