Dogs on board: 5 things you need to know


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How is the relationship of our four-legged friends with the sea and the boats? It certainly depends on each individual dog, but there are a few broad lines to pay attention to that allow us to understand how the animal is reacting to navigation and life on board. Here are 5 things you should not forget when taking to the sea with a dog on board.

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Sea sickness

Like us humans, dogs also suffer from the sea. However, the symptoms of the dog are clear: gradual increase in salivation and wheezing will be the alarm bells. The dog may not vomit, but you will notice it drooling and it will be the clear sign that your friend is suffering the sea. It is therefore important to make short navigation tests to understand the level of tolerance has and possibly plan your route in a consequential manner. If necessary, it is possible to administer, on the instructions of the vet, mild sedatives or anti-vomiting drugs to deal with the navigation.

Going ashore

The dog needs to go ashore, to do his best (he also does it by boat but is less comfortable) and for the walks that our quadruped friends need. So let’s avoid spending too much time in the roadstead and also plan to stop in the harbor. Some typical summer resorts, such as the islands for example, are also very nice to visit on land.

Shadow on board

It will be essential to have on board, as well as always water and food, also a place in the shade for our friend, where he can rest and rest if he needs it.

Safety and security

Let’s never forget to make him wear one of the dog life jackets available on the market and tie him on a long leash to a safety line, so that if we are distracted and he ends up outboard there won’t be too many dangers for him.


It will be important to take your dog to the vet before departure for a check and make sure that his health conditions are suitable for a boat trip. Older dogs may suffer from the stress of sailing. Remember that the dog, while being able to adapt easily to life on the boat, is not in its usual environment and older dogs may suffer for a variety of reasons. Therefore, always talk to your vet and bring with you all the medications that may be useful to your friend. Speaking of health, don’t forget to fresh-wash your furry skin after a swim in the sea. Finally, never leave the water bowl empty because with heat and salt our friend will need fresh water more often.



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