Hit the Waves Safely with Outboard Motor Guidelines for Pet-Friendly Water Activities

Posted by Bixpy on Sep 12th 2023

Hit the Waves Safely with Outboard Motor Guidelines for Pet-Friendly Water Activities

If you are looking to take your pet out on the water with you, there are some important safety guidelines to follow.

From outfitting your pet with a personal flotation device to ensuring the boat is the right size and type, these guidelines can help make sure you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable water experience. So grab your watercraft, Bixpy motor, and furry friend for an adventure in the great outdoors.

Preparing Your Pet for a Day on the Water

Make sure your pet is comfortable around water and is a strong swimmer. You should spend time teaching them what it might be like if your watercraft tips over as well as where they should swim to for safety purposes. Don’t forget, if you are using a watercraft with an electric motor, introduce your pet to the noise and vibrations it may produce, ensuring they are comfortable before setting sail. Even if you are using your favorite watercraft and you’ve taken your pet out many times with you, the addition of a K-1 Motor, for example, might startle them. It is best to slowly introduce them to any new additions.

Man with dog on SUP with Bixpy motor

Choosing the Right Type of Watercraft

When it comes to choosing the right watercraft for a pet-friendly adventure, there are a few factors to consider. First and foremost, opt for a boat that is stable and has a low center of gravity to minimize the risk of tipping over. Additionally, choose a watercraft that is appropriate for the size and weight of your pet. This will ensure they have enough space to move around comfortably without feeling cramped. Finally, consider using a watercraft with an electric motor. These motors are quieter and produce fewer vibrations, which can help keep your furry friend calm and relaxed throughout the journey. Don’t have a motor yet? Shop Bixpy motors now!

Dog next to kayak with Bixpy motor

Essential Gear to Pack for Your Pet

Pack a personal flotation device (PFD) specifically designed for animals. This will provide an extra layer of protection in case of any unexpected accidents. Additionally, don't forget to bring a leash or harness to keep your pet secure on the boat. Finally, pack plenty of fresh water and snacks to keep your pet hydrated and satisfied throughout the adventure. Pet treats can also be very helpful in case of emergency - and as a well-earned reward!

woman getting water for dog with Bixpy

Rules of Thumb to Follow While on the Water with Your Pet

Always keep a close eye on your furry friend and make sure they are comfortable and secure at all times. It's crucial to never leave them unattended or let them wander off on their own. Additionally, be aware of your pet's behavior and body language. If they seem stressed or anxious, it's important to address their needs and ensure their comfort. Lastly, follow all boating rules and regulations, including speed limits and navigation guidelines, to keep both you and your pet safe.

Woman in boat with yorkie, boat powered by a Bixpy motor

Dealing with Emergencies and Accidents

Accidents can happen, even with the best preparations. It's important to know how to handle emergencies while out on the water with your pet. If your pet falls overboard, stay calm and immediately stop the boat. Call them back to the boat using a command they are familiar with, and assist them in climbing back on board if necessary. You should practice this several times so your pet is prepared if something happens. If your pet is injured or shows signs of distress, it's essential to have a first aid kit on hand. Administer basic first aid and contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. Remember to always prioritize the safety and well-being of your pet in any emergency situation.

Small yorkie on the bow of a Bixpy motored kayak

Keep these tips and tricks in mind, and you and your furry friend are sure to enjoy your next adventure safely!