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post #22 of Old 07-03-2013 Thread Starter
Thistle Dew
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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

Can't say that I really had to train the dog on the boat. At first she was a little worried until she found her own spot to settle in. She always wore a PFD when sailing so there was a handle to grab if she went over. She just seemed to be glad to be out and about with "her people". We also travelled a lot by powerboat so she was boat savvy. I'd like a good idea for getting a dog up and down the companionway though. I usually had to lift one or both ends and she weighed 65 lbs.
I think the lab puppy needs to have a good grasp of the word "no" if you are afraid of him jumping in and treats for good behavior. I actually had one lab who didn't like the water!

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