There are a number of charter agencies who allow travelers to take their beloved furry friends with them on crewed yachting holidays. These agencies allow avid pet lovers to take along large and small pets. But, if you are considering taking your furry friend along for your holiday, here are a few things you will need to consider. Here are our top tips for taking your pets on a sailing holiday.
All the red tape
One of the first things you will need to keep in mind when deciding to take your pet on a sailing holiday is that many countries will require you to have your pet microchipped before you set out on your family adventure. It is highly recommended that you make sure you are following all regulations regarding your pet. Some countries may also require that your pet is issued with a passport. This will apply to all pets. It is also vital that your pet is up to date with their inoculations. Not complying with local laws could result in your pet being sent home or even quarantined and this could be a massive financial burden on you.
First sailing experience
When you take your pet sailing for the first time you will need to keep in mind that it may be frightened or upset. You need to provide a quiet corner where it can hide while it tries to familiarise itself with the new surroundings. You should also try to make sure that your pet cannot injure themselves should they get frightened.
Meet the boat
Before you set sail it is a good idea to introduce your pet to the boat. Take it around and let your furry friend get acquainted with its surroundings. Find a dedicated area where you will be placing the blankets or bedding and make sure that your pet knows where this is. Also, show your pet how and where to get on and off the boat.
What about the bathroom?
While you will not be spending all of your time aboard the boat, you will be spending a substantial amount of time at sea and you will need somewhere for your pet to relieve themselves. It is recommended that you take artificial turf previously soaked by your pets’ secretions in order to encourage them to eliminate where they are intended to. You do not want your pet to hold in their business until the next anchorage.
Using the stairs
You might find that certain boats feature stairs which are too steep and your dog will not be able to climb. You will then need to set up a board over these stairs to ensure your pet can move around easily.
Pack the sunscreen
Just like humans, pets can also suffer from sunburn. Serious sunburn on your pets could lead to skin cancers. Pop around to your local vet store for some pet-friendly sunscreen. Where ever possible make sure that your pet has access to plenty of shade on your trip.