Nothing feels better than exploring new hobbies and activities with your four-legged companion.
Our dogs are referred to as man’s best friends, and for a good reason. For one thing, they make any activity more worthwhile, including fishing.
Dog and fishing may seem a weird combination at first, but it doesn’t have to be confusing. If anything, angling with your four-legged friend is all about fun and excitement, provided you plan accordingly.
If it’s your first time fishing with your furry friend, we will provide some tips to keep you and your pup safe and make your fishing getaway more enjoyable.
When it comes to outdoor trips, preparation is always the name of the game. Here’s a rundown of essential fishing equipment and other necessities:
- Fishing rod and reel
- Fishing line
- Lures and baits
- Cooler bags
- First-aid kit
- Food and drinks
- Stand-up paddleboard (if you’re going to try SUP Fishing)
- Fishing license
You need to prepare your dog’s essentials too. Here’s what you’ll need to include inside their bag:
- Leash and collar
- Drinking water
- Dog food
- Dog treats
- Food and water bowls
- First-aid kit
- Beach mat
DON’T go underprepared
Fishing with your dog is not the perfect time for spontaneity. Everything has to be ready before embarking on a trip. So, if you think you don’t have an upgraded fishing rodor your dog doesn’t know basic commands, don’t go unless your problem has been addressed. A fishing trip needs proper preparation to be successful.
DO teach tricks
Your furry friend can go wild outside, so it’s best if you teach them some commands before going out for a trip. Most dogs, if not all, love to roam and explore a lot. Here are a couple basic, valuable commands that will save you headaches during the trip:
- Come here
- Leave it/Drop it
Dog treats go hand-in-hand with your commands, so make sure to always have a slew of them with you. If your dog knows they’ll be rewarded, they’ll be more likely to obey your commands.
Additionally, it’s essential to know your pup’s abilities near water. Most dogs are natural swimmers, but not all of them can swim confidently. When your dog feels uncomfortable around water, make sure to put them in a spot where they’ll be comfortable.
DON’T go off-leash
It doesn’t matter if you’re going lake fishing, saltwater fishing, or kayak fishing—always keep your pup on a leash.
Fishing trips are not always about fun moments. One undesirable accident can turn the whole getaway into a chaotic situation, so it’s in you and your pooch’s best interest to keep them restrained.
If you’re leaving your dog to fish, secure them to a sturdy thing like a tree trunk.
DO choose a safe location
Your next goal is to ensure that your dog will feel safe and comfortable staying and wandering around the fishing location. If possible, plan your trip during off-peak seasons. Avoid going in heavily populated areas too. Some anglers may be uncomfortable with dogs, so it may be better to visit unpopulated areas.
DON’T forget to have fun
Preparing for a fishing getaway may be a tedious process, especially if you’re bringing your fluffy pup with you, but it shouldn’t be stressful. Just stay vigilant during the entire trip and, rest assured, your trip with your four-legged best friend will be worthwhile!
Article written by Kenneth Reaves, Fishing Expert / Editor-in-Chief – Perfect Captain