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Your Guide to Inflatable Boating with Pets on Stryker Boats

Your Guide to Inflatable Boating with Pets on Stryker Boats

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You’re a pet lover, and like us, your furry companions are practically family. Exploring the great outdoors wouldn’t be the same without them by your side. That’s where our trusty Stryker boat comes in – it’s the perfect vessel for aquatic adventures with your whole crew, both two-legged and four-legged!

Now, we know taking your pets boating can seem daunting at first. But fear not!  This guide is here to help you turn your Stryker into a pet-friendly space. We’ll cover everything from preparing your boat to what to do on the water. 

So, grab your life jackets (both human and pet-sized!), pack the treats, and let’s get ready to create some unforgettable memories with our furry first mates on board!

How to prepare your Stryker boat for your pet? 

Our Stryker boats are fantastic for adventures, but let’s make them pawsome for your pet too! Here’s how to prep your boat for your furry co-pilot:

  • Standard inflatable floors can get a little slippery, especially for wet paws. Here’s where the magic of our Stryker EVA foam flooring comes in! This lightweight, yet durable addition provides excellent traction, making it easier for your pet to move around confidently. Plus, it’s gentler on those precious claws, preventing any accidental punctures to the boat’s floor.
  • Just like us, pets get hot too! Ensure there’s ample shade on board for your pet to relax out of the direct sun. A pop-up bimini is a great solution. Don’t forget fresh, clean water – pack a dedicated water bowl and make sure to top it up regularly.
  • Accidents happen, especially when there’s excitement and water involved. Pack plenty of towels and pet-safe cleaning supplies to handle any mishaps. Quick clean-up keeps your boat smelling fresh and prevents any lingering doggy (or kitty) odors.

How to manage your pet on the adventure? 

So, you’ve prepped your Stryker boat for your furry co-pilot, and the open water beckons! But how do you ensure your pet has a pawsitive (pun intended!) experience on the adventure? 

Here are some tips for a smooth sail:

  • Don’t just toss your pet onto the boat and expect them to love it. Introduce your pet to your Stryker on land first. Let them explore the boat at their own pace, sniffing around and getting comfortable with the environment. This helps reduce anxiety and makes them feel more confident when you finally cast off.
  • Safety first! Just like you wouldn’t go boating without a life jacket, neither should your pet. Invest in a properly fitted life jacket designed for their size and buoyancy needs. It could be the difference between a fun day and a frightening situation.
  • This one depends on your pet’s temperament and swimming ability.  A short leash or tether can provide some extra security, preventing unexpected jumps overboard, especially during exciting moments. Remember, even the strongest swimmers can get startled or disoriented in the water.
  • Our furry friends can pick up on our emotions. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, it can rub off on your pet.  Maintain a calm and collected demeanor throughout the trip. Speak in soothing tones and avoid sudden movements or loud noises that might startle them.
  • Just like us, pets need bathroom breaks and time to stretch their legs. Factor in plenty of shore excursions during your trip. This allows your pet to relieve themselves, explore new environments, and burn off some energy.

By following these tips, you can ensure your pet feels safe, secure, and happy throughout your Stryker boating adventure. 

Is Your Pet Ready to Set Sail?

Before you cast off on your Stryker adventure, it’s important to assess your pet’s suitability for a day on the water. 

Here’s a quick checklist to ensure your furry friend is ready:

  • Is your pet a natural sailor? Choose a calm, confident pet who enjoys being around water. Forcing a nervous animal on board can create a stressful experience for everyone.
  • Can your pet doggy paddle? Ensure your pet is a capable swimmer. This is crucial for their safety in case they take an unexpected dip. Don’t forget a properly fitted life jacket designed for pets – it’s a lifesaver (literally)!
  • A little training goes a long way! Teach your pet basic obedience commands like “stay” and “sit” to prevent them from jumping around and rocking the boat. A well-trained pet is a happy (and safe!) pet on board.

By considering these factors, you can ensure your pet is comfortable and prepared to join you on your Stryker boating adventure. 

What boat to choose for an adventure with your pet?

Taking your furry best friend on a boating adventure is a fantastic way to create lasting memories. But before you set sail, it’s important to choose the right Stryker boat for both you and your pet. 

Here are two key factors to consider:

  • Consider the size of your pet(s) when selecting your Stryker boat.  They’ll need enough space to move around comfortably, not feel cramped, and have a designated area to relax.  Look at the interior dimensions (length, width, and even bench seating space) of different Stryker models.  Opt for a boat that provides ample room for your furry crew member(s) to feel secure and at ease.  After all, a happy pet makes for a happy captain!
  • A wider beam (the width of the inflatable floor) on your Stryker boat translates to increased stability in the water. This is especially important for pets who might be nervous or get their sea legs under them.  A stable boat provides a more secure platform for your pet, reducing the risk of tipping or rocking that could cause anxiety or seasickness.  Imagine your pet confidently exploring the deck without feeling wobbly – a wider beam on your Stryker can help achieve just that!

By considering these two factors –  ample space for comfort and increased stability for confidence – you can choose the perfect Stryker boat for your next aquatic adventure with your furry first mate! 

Why choose Stryker Inflatable Boats ? 

At Stryker Boats, we know that creating unforgettable memories with loved ones is what truly matters. That’s why our boats are designed to be the perfect platform for family adventures on the water.

Our customers rave about the exceptional stability of Stryker boats. This means smooth sailing for families of all sizes,  whether you’re taking out a small group of toddlers or a whole crew for a day of fun.  Your little ones can bounce around and explore with confidence, while you relax knowing they’re safe and secure.

We love pets too! Our new 2024 EVA foam flooring is a pawsome upgrade for your furry companions.  This comfortable, non-slip surface provides excellent traction for wet paws, preventing slips and ensuring your pet feels safe and secure as they explore the boat.

Stryker boats are more than just a vessel; they’re a springboard for creating lasting memories with the people (and pets!) you love.  Choose Stryker and get ready to set sail for countless aquatic adventures – your furry companions are welcome aboard!