Tips for Boating & Pontooning with Dogs - Harris Pontoon Boats
We all love lakes, the ocean, ponds, pools, and being on boats! And many dogs do, too. Here are a few water safety tips for your dogs:
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While many familiar breeds associated with the water such as labs or retrievers make excellent boat dogs, some boaters may not have the space either at home or on their boats for a "full-sized" or large dog. And while just about any adventurous dog, whether full-bred or mixed, can become a great boat dog, there are less common breeds that are specifically raised to love the water and work on, from and around boats.
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Turning to that endless font of funny pet videos, we scoured YouTube for the best clips of dogs on boats, dogs jumping off boats and ... well, we're not quite sure what Shiner the chihuahua/pomeranian mix is doing here. Let us know if you figure it out.Dogs on Boats 101- Thinking of taking your dog on your boat? Or considering getting one and wondering about the realities? Tips to make it a great experience for you and your best friend!It is difficult for dogs to get out of the water and into boats or onto jettys and docks because, well let's face it, they are dogs. They don't walk on two feet, they don't have hands to keep them stable and they don't have opposable thumbs to grip handrails and gunwales.If you spend time with our dog in and around the water, you will notice how difficult it is for dogs to get back onto boats, boards or docks. Dogs will try to paw at the boat and often start to bob up and down and lose flotation. They can easily panic and drown if not helped back to safety.The ramp is an inflatable and independently floating water ramp for dogs. Not only is it perfect for boats, it can be used in swimming pools, dock, jettys or anywhere that dog can play in the water and have trouble getting themselves out. All Pet Loader H2O models easily support dogs from 60 to 150 pounds. Our H2O platforms are powder coated aluminum with USA made Marine grade rubber welded onto it with traction ribs for your pets’ comfort. The H2O is an easy step onto the boat for them. Now we offer two models to fit any boat: Pet Loader H2O for all standard boats with swim platforms and Pet Loader H2O XL for pontoon boats or any boat without a swim platform.