For many, man's best friend is an indispensable member of the crew, including when it comes to sailing. However, the on-board dog also comes with new accessories: We have put together the ten most practical pieces of equipment for dogs here.
The Ruffwear Float Coat
It is the most important utensil for the four-legged fellow sailor: the life jacket. Smaller dogs can be lifted on board with the handle. A particularly stable model that also has reflective strips and is easy to put on and take off is the Ruffwear Float Coat *.
The Ruffwear Trail Runner bowl
Especially in summer it is important to always provide the dog with enough fresh water. A foldable bowl is particularly suitable for this on board, which does not fall over so easily on the way or can be stowed away quickly in between. The Ruffwear Trail Runner Bowl * can be folded up to a particularly small size and is also ultra-light.
The HurttOutback Dreamer
Dogs sleep up to 18 hours a day and also need a cozy place on board. The HurttOutdoor Dreamer * is a dog sleeping bag that is based on the dog's natural, rolled-up sleeping position. Its inner lining reflects the dog's body heat, it is water-repellent, can be rolled up to a small size, and, unlike a blanket, hardly any hair sticks to it - just shake it out once.
The Ruffwear Highland Sleeping Bag
The oval is also suitable for larger specimens Ruffwear Highlands Sleeping Bagwhich, unlike the Hurtta model, has a zipper for easier entry. It also reflects the dog's body heat and is water-repellent.
The HurttCooling Vest
On hot summer days it can be dangerous for four-legged sailors to fry in the sun on deck. Because dogs can also get sunburn and also poorly regulate the heat by sweating. A cooling vest, somewhat shorter, helps here HurttCooling Vest * or the longer one Ruffwear Jet Stream cooling jacket *.
The Trixie folding ramp
Larger or older dogs in particular can often be difficult to hoist on board - they have to go over a plank from the jetty onto the boat. A telescopic ramp like the one is suitable for this Trixie Petwalk*. It can be pushed together and therefore does not take up so much space in the locker when not in use.
A railing net does not necessarily contribute to the dog's well-being, but it does make a significant contribution to its safety. It prevents the sailing four-legged friend from accidentally going overboard. Depending on the length of the boat and the height of the railing, there are very different models, something like that Donet railing net* made of polypropylene.
First aid kit
First aid for dogs from Trixie
Four-legged friends can also injure themselves on board. Why get an extra first aid kit like something from Trixie * needs? Because in addition to the usual swabs, bandages and compresses, a mouth loop and tick tweezers are also included.
Artificial grass tile from Bringer Pet
If you don't want to miss out on longer pitches despite having a dog on board, you can use a piece of artificial turf like something from BringerPet * fall back - because normally dogs do not do their business so easily in "their" territory. The dog can then - if it is trained accordingly and accepts the mat - do its business on it, the mat can then be cleaned by dragging it on a leash for a while. You have to try out whether the dog on board accepts the mat - and otherwise refrain from overly long strokes.
The Kong Aqua
Nothing is worse than when the board dog slowly sees his toy sink into the sea, never to be seen again. A buoyant toy such as something is therefore suitable for retrieving on and in the water Kong Aqua *.
The Ruffwear Beacon Safety Light
Marking the dog with a lamp can be helpful, especially on evening walks over poorly lit walkways. Nobody stumbles or gets frightened because the four-legged friend is visible from afar. The rechargeable LED lamp from Ruffwear Something is waterproof and can also be attached to the dog's life jacket with a clip, thus ensuring additional safety if the dog jumps or falls into the water in the dark.
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