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Boat Safety 101: Keeping Your Furry First Mate Safe

Virginia Rolen

Posted on August 29 2023

A Bernese Mountain Dog with a fish collar looks out over the water.

Gone Fishin' Collar

When heading out on a boating adventure, it's important to prioritize the safety of every passenger, including your four-legged friend! Dogs can make excellent boating companions, but it's crucial to be aware of potential hazards and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

In this blog article, we will explore essential boat safety tips for dogs, highlighting the things they need to stay safe and potential hazards to avoid.

1. Life Jackets for Dogs

Just like humans, dogs should wear life jackets while on a boat. Ensure you have a properly fitting, buoyant life jacket specifically designed for dogs. This will provide additional flotation and help keep your furry friend safe in case of an accident. 

2. Familiarize Your Dog with the Boat

Before setting sail, introduce your dog to the boat gradually. Allow them to explore the vessel while it's docked, helping them get comfortable with the new environment. This will reduce anxiety and minimize the risk of your dog becoming disoriented or panicked when on board.

3. Provide a Safe Spot

Create a designated safe spot for your dog on the boat, such as a padded area or a secure crate. This will give them a sense of security and prevent accidents caused by sliding or falling on slippery surfaces. Ensure the area is well-ventilated and shaded, especially on hot days.

4. Hydration and Shade

Keep fresh water available for your dog at all times to prevent dehydration. Provide shade to protect them from excessive sun exposure, as dogs can easily overheat. Be mindful of the temperature and adjust activities accordingly to avoid heat-related issues.

5. Secure Areas and Hazards

Secure any loose gear, fishing tackle, or potentially hazardous items that could harm your dog. Be cautious of open hatches, sharp edges, and electrical wires. Keep chemicals, cleaning agents, and other toxic substances out of reach. Ensure your dog cannot access the engine or other machinery areas that could pose a danger. 

6. Potty Breaks & Waste Management

Plan for regular potty breaks for your dog. Bring supplies like biodegradable waste bags to clean up after them. Dispose of waste responsibly onshore, following local regulations.

7. Watch for Motion Sickness

Some dogs may experience motion sickness while on a boat. Monitor your dog for signs of discomfort, such as excessive drooling, vomiting, or restlessness. Consult with your veterinarian beforehand about potential remedies or preventive measures. 

8. Identification

Ensure your dog wears a properly fitting collar with identification that includes your contact information.

At Duke & Fox, we have several identification options. We make custom collars that are compatible with Fi, a waterproof GPS tracker for your dog. 

Lavender dog collar with daisies on it and engraved name

Another great option (especially for dogs who love to swim) is a customized biothane collar. Biothane is durable, waterproof, and easy to clean. The buckle can be engraved with your dogs name and two phone numbers. 

Cobalt blue dog collar with a silver buckle that has dog's name and number engraved on it.

Above: Personalized Biothane Collar 

We also offers personalized identification dog tags, if that's what floats your boat! Regardless of your choice, ensure that your dog is being watched carefully by you and your crew. 


By following these boat safety tips for dogs, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable boating experience for both you and your furry companion. From providing life jackets and a safe spot, to being mindful of potential hazards and practicing responsible waste management, your dog's safety should be a top priority. 


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