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Re: Dogs?

I have two mini-schnauzers and they are great on the boat. Just can't teach them to tail the winches. Otherwise, they are good salty dogs. The companion way steps are too steep for them, but that is a good thing. I have to hoist them up and down. All the same, I recommend a dog or two on the boat. You can train them to do business on astroturf tied to the bow.
The youngest dog is the purser and "owner" of the boat. The other is the assistant boatswain, he can't tie a line but will tell me anytime something is out of place. They also make great watch alarms! Schnauzers are very vocal.
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Re: Dogs?

My first mate is an 85 lb shedding machine. I don't think anyone has mentioned hair yet. Get decent vacuum. The hair gets EVERYWHERE.
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Re: Dogs?

I think some dogs like to sail, some don't. Mine do.

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Re: Dogs?

We sail with 2 of these and they kind of just shut down under passage (she picked the dogs, I picked the boat). I can't imagine having dogs the size you're talking about on board a 26', but I'm sure people do it. Give some thought on how you'll get them on and off the boat, both intentionally and in an emergency.

Grew up on the Finger Lakes, where do you sail out of?

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Re: Dogs?

Thanks for all the thoughtful, encouraging, and cautioning replies. All dogs are different, and I'm sure there's no way to tell how they'll like sailing until you take them sailing. We've taken the German Shepherd and the retriever mix flat-lake canoeing with us (all four of us in a 17' canoe!). The retrieve was fine.. she just sat there looking around. The shepherd was about 6 months old at the time, and did OK, but was a little anxious at first. He puked all over the canoe JUST as we were about to reach shore and head home.. . I think he's over that stage.. he doesn't get car sick anymore (he's five years old now). As GSD's go, he's pretty small... about 90 pounds or so. The retriever is 14 years old, and not very stable on her back legs any more, so I don't think I'll subject her to sailing, sadly. The chihuahua can be clipped anywhere, and will double as a safety noisemaker... .yappy little cuss... sigh..

Tanley, the boat's still up in Chaumont, and will probably end up staying there for a while until I feel a little more confident in my abilities to make the 40 mile sail from there to Oswego. I'm a little less worried about motoring down the canal to Oneida lake. Everyone's telling me to just suck it up, deal with the long drive, and leave it up in Chaumont.

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Re: Dogs?

Our Schipperke loves our B311. He was at home the first time we brought him aboard. Went down the companionway steps into the cabin and came back up without assistance. Easily patrolled the deck's perimeter including a tour of the swim platform. He loves being our "bow lookout" when we're underway.
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Where can I get dogs lifejackets?
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Ours is made by Ruffwear. We searched the Internet last year until we found a good price on it.
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