When you buy a boat, you buy it for your entire family and if your family includes a dog, you have to consider boating safety for your dog, as well as for your human guests.
For the most part, dogs are natural swimmers and they really enjoy the water. This, however, does not mean that you do not need a life jacket for your dog. A dog can become too tired to swim or lose momentum, just as a human can. Also, falling overboard in high seas or during a storm can frighten dogs who are normally good swimmers. You will want to make sure that a life jacket you buy for your dog fits securely.
The sun’s rays have an effect on us all, animals included. Short hair breeds of dog are especially prone to sunburn. Check with your vet about what kind of sunscreen would work best for your dog. Choose one that doesn’t have a heavy scent that might annoy your dog. A sunscreen with SPF 15 is fine for an average day out on the water, but you may want to use something with a higher SPF for days that are very hot.