First, some of the passages you will be making are going to be long enough that you won't be able to stop and let the dog off the boat to relieve itself.
Second, many foreign countries have fairly draconian quarantine laws regarding dogs.
Third, even on the coastal or ICW passages, having to stop two or three times a day is going to be a real good way to make your trip four or five times as long as it would be otherwise. In many areas, there are going ashore isn't very simple. For instance, in Coinjock Bay, going ashore means a fairly long dinghy ride, since the water is fairly shallow outside of the dredged channel.
I would highly advise you either train your dog to go on a mat or piece of carpet on the boat, or you not take the dog.
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