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post #17 of Old 07-01-2013
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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

Our previous golden would get car sick often and occasionally on the boat when it was rough. Our current golden does not and enjoys being on the boat. I like having her aboard but there are logistical problems Getting large dogs on the boat from a dinghy can be a problem. Having a swim platform and transom gate is a big help. Taking them to do their business can also be a hassle. It's not bad when the weather is good but think about doing it in a driving rain storm needing to land on a beach then bringing a muddy dog back to the boat. If the dog is aboard we tend to limit destinations to where there are nearby dinghy docks or when we are in a slip which up in Maine is not very frequent. I have thought about trying to teach her to pee on the swim platform maybe on an AstroTurf mat that' could be rinsed in sea water but have not tried it yet. I don't have any easy answers.
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