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We talk a lot about safe boating tips in Wolfeboro for families and people new to boating, but there is another demographic that should be addressed. If you love to get out on the water, the chances are good that your pets will enjoy it too. Many people come to Lake Winnipesaukee on vacation with their four-legged friends. Boating safety in New Hampshire is taken very seriously, so it is just as important to talk about boating with pets as it is with kids. Whether you take advantage of New Hampshire boat rentals at the NH Hole in the Wall, or if you bring your own vessel, you can get all of the gear and safety equipment you need at our bait and tackle shop. From custom fishing rods and reels to local live bait, we have everything you need to enjoy your time out on the water.
What to Bring
When boating with pets, it is important to bring along some extra fresh drinking water for your pet. You don’t want them leaning over the side to drink the lake water. Make sure that you bring enough fresh water for every person and every pet that will be in the boat with you. Shade is another issue that is common to people and pets. Too much exposure to the sun can be dangerous for many animals. Create a shaded area on the boat and encourage your pet to get out of the sun throughout the day. Consider paw protection, as dogs absorb heat through the pads on their feet. Surfaces can get very hot out on the boat in the middle of the day even in a day that feels very cool.
Dog food and treats, which can be used as rewards or to call your dog over to you in an emergency situation are important. A harness and leash are also essential, as you will need them whenever you get off the boat and, in some situations, to tether your dog temporarily to you while out on the water. Make sure your dog is wearing a safety device to protect them if they fall in the water or if the boat tips over. Never tether your dog to the boat. You don’t want them being attached to the boat if it were to sink or have a difficult time disconnecting them in case of an emergency. Read up on even more safety tips and ideas for bringing a dog out on a boat on a lake.
Safety Vests for Dogs
You might be surprised to discover that there is a whole industry dedicated to creating quality safety vests for dogs. Flotation devices are important for every member of your crew, so make sure to get your pet hooked up with a safety vest before you hit the water. While many people believe that all dogs can swim, that is not true. Some breeds are worse at swimming than others, particularly those with shorter legs and senior pets will have the most difficulty. However, in an emergency situation, even strong swimmers might have issues.
One of the best safe boating tips in Wolfeboro for pets is getting your pet fitted for a life jacket. A proper safety jacket will protect your pet while on the boat or in the water. Life jackets made for pets are different than human life jackets, so don’t just try to put a human life jacket on your pet and hope it works. Pet flotation devices are designed to keep the pet afloat in a horizontal position for swimming. It features a lifting device, which allows you to lift your pet up and out of the water to safety.
Fitting a Life Jacket
Just as it is vital to get all of the right gear, tackle, custom fishing rods and reels for a fishing trip, it is also essential to make sure that your safety devices fit as they should. For pets, the life jacket should fit securely. Check the fit inside the store before you make a purchase. This is a new piece of equipment for most people, so it’s not like buying a collar, leash, or even a T-shirt for your dog. Consider visiting a store that has experience with life jackets for pets so you can confirm the fit is accurate for the size and shape of your dog.
Inspect the buckles and straps on the vest to make sure that they aren’t causing your dog to be uncomfortable. Select all safety gear in bright colors to make it more visible when out on the water. Neon yellow, green, orange, and other bright colors are typical for flotation devices. Don’t choose dark colors that might be difficult to see during a rescue. Take your dog out to the shoreline to go swimming in the new vest before any boating trip. This will help him to get used to it and give you the peace of mind in knowing that he will be able to move properly in the jacket.
Contact the NH Hole in the Wall
If you are interested in learning more about New Hampshire boat rentals, contact the NH Hole in the Wall at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653). We also have a wide selection of fishing tackle, gear, live bait, lures, custom fishing rods and reels. For more information on boating safety in New Hampshire, continue reading our blog. We have lots of safe boating tips in Wolfeboro for visitors and locals to use when they visit Lake Winnipesaukee.