How to Take a Dog on a Float Trip

How to Take a Dog on a Float TripFloat trips can be fun for the entire family, including the dog. It's sure to be an experience nobody will forget. Preparation for the trip will require basic dog training skills and considering your furry friend's needs and safety. In no time, everyone--including the dog--will be floating down the river having the time of their lives.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips for Bringing a Dog on a Float Trip

Things You’ll Need:
  • Flotation device
  • First aid kit
  • Food
  • Blanket
Step 1
Find out what is required to bring your dog on the float trip, if renting from a local outfitter. The outfitter may have particular requirements you'll need to meet before it will allow the dog on the river.
Step 2
Train your dog basic commands such as heel, stay, sit and to come when you call it. It's imperative you be able to control your dog while journeying on the river for its safety. You don't want the dog jumping into the water and drowning, getting lost or being attacked by another animal.
Step 3
Bring any safety gear that may be necessary for the dog. If the dog isn't a good swimmer, you might want to invest in a safety jacket for it. You should be able to find one at your local outdoor, pet supply store or online. Canine float jackets are relatively inexpensive. Make sure the dog is wearing a collar with I.D. tags, and bring a leash.
Step 4
Prepare a pet first aid kit to bring along on the journey. You'll want to include basic items such as gauze, bandages, first aid tape, an antiseptic, benadryl, aspirin and a sock. A sock pulled over a bandage will work quite well in keeping it in place. As in any outdoor trip where the dog is joining you, you'll want to be prepared in the event an accident occurs. Place all your first aid items in a waterproof container or plastic bag. If you'll be stopping and hiking in the woods, make sure your dog is wearing a flea and tick repellent.
Step 5
Pack supplies your dog may need such as food and water. If the trip will be overnight, you'll want to bring a blanket for the dog to stay warm at night. It might be a good idea to throw in an extra towel for the dog, even if the trip is only a day trip. Most of all have a safe and fun trip.


Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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