Sailing With Dogs: Tips And Tricks For A Perfect Holiday

by | May 12, 2020

When it comes to travelling with dogs that are many preconceptions in people’s head. Many thinks that it’s impossible to go sailing with dogs, however luckily we have good news for you!

If you are a dog owner and there is nobody who can look after your dog, you don’t need to give up sailing! There are a few adjustment that is advised to do to maximize the experience of renting a boat. You don’t need to sacrifice everything for an unforgettable vacation with your dogs. Here are some practical tips you need to consider before you go sailing with dogs.

Talk to the owner of the boat

If you are planning to rent a boat and you already choose the one you like, we advise to talk to the owner first. It’s very important as not all owners allow dogs on board. So, in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises of not allowing your dog on the boat, better to discuss the details. In this case, you can avoid any unpleasant surprises arriving at the port.

A dog on the deck of a boat at the wheel enjoying sailing

For instance, there are many owners who simply don’t mind having dogs on board, some will charge you some extra cleaning fees. All in all, you can find the perfect boat for your needs that will allow to have an amazing holiday with your dog.

Ensure safety

The safety of the dogs on board is just as important as for humans. Don’t underestimate the fact that you dog can swim, they will still need a proper lifejacket! Furthermore, when you discuss the details with the owner of the boat, we advise to ask about the safety measures. In advance, you can ask whether they have any net on the side of the boat that can increase safety.

A dog wearing a lifejacket on the boat in the sea

Moreover, when the boat is about to leave the port or during anchoring stay with your dog to keep them calm and to ensure their safety. Depending on the type of the boat, you can even go into a cabin too. Having a skipper on the boat is makes it easier for you to relax and take care of the dog as they are the ones who will deal with the driving.

Plan regular stopovers

In order for the dog to have the necessary walks plan to have regular stopovers. We recommend planning a detailed itinerary in advance, to knoz which cities you want to visit and where to anchor. So, you not only taking your dog on a walk but you also visit stunning places in the area.

A father and two kids on the deck of a sailboat with their dog

Keep in mind that it is better to anchor at a port where you have the land immediately, and not further in the water.

Protection from the sunlight

Being on a boat the whole day means that you are out in the sunshine for hours. Depending on the boat you rent and how well it is equiped with shades, you need to ensure a good protection. Dogs can easily overheat during summer.

Mother and daughter on the deck sailing with dogs

Make sure that there is a shaded area on the boat where your dog can cool down. Furthermore, give them fresh water regularly and splash some seawater on them if needed to cool them down.

Pack supplies

Last but not least, pack enough supplies! Sometimes it’s even difficult for humans to find supplies on smaller islands and in not well equipped ports. So, it’s very important to make sure that there is everything they need on the boat.

Father and daugther is sailing with a dog on a sailboat

Bring enough food and drinkable water for them. Also makes sure you have some toys to keep them entertained.

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