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bblument 07-25-2013 04:46 PM

Dogs?
 
I did a quick search of the forums, but didn't find any posts discussing dogs on board... perhaps I searched poorly.

In any case, my wife and I are new sailors... OK, so new that calling us "sailors" is actually pretty funny. I was out once with a very experienced friend of mine, and then I took my wife out and we did OK.. no boat bending, and we made it back. Pearson 26.

Soooo... we'd like to get real serious about this. Get out there for a couple days. The issue? As our three sons grew up and left the house, we added one dog for each son. We now have a 90 lb German Shepherd, a 60 lb retriever mix, and a 7 lb waste of dog kibble (ooops... I mean, chihuahua). We hate to leave them alone; it's not fair to the kind beasties. Can two small yet active and silly adults coexist for a day or two (or three) on board a Pearson 26 with a German Shepherd with the energy level of a chihuahua, a geriatric retriever mix who can still make it up stairs (barely), and a chihuahua that's.... well.... sigh.... a chihuahua.

Any and ALL hints/observations/anecdotes/advice would be most welcomed...

Best to all...

Barry

benesailor 07-25-2013 04:53 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
Yes you can; i hope you are very energetic. Don't forget the bathroom breaks. Its like having small children on board.

DRFerron 07-25-2013 05:14 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
As a long-time English Mastiff owner, may I make a suggestion for the chihuahua?

Nevermind.

You might consider getting a dinghy so that you can anchor out overnight and dinghy the dogs to land for breaks. I see that all the time.

MSter 07-25-2013 05:40 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
We have a ~70 lbs Golden which is not quite used to the boat. We have taken her out a few times over several days but she refuses anywhere but in the grass. Our friends have a dog which they have trained to go on a piece of artificial turf which seems to work. I guess we'll either have to break her in slowly with artificial turf on land or I will have to lead by example! ;-P

knuterikt 07-25-2013 05:48 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bblument (Post 1064679)
I did a quick search of the forums, but didn't find any posts discussing dogs on board... perhaps I searched poorly.

In any case, my wife and I are new sailors... OK, so new that calling us "sailors" is actually pretty funny. I was out once with a very experienced friend of mine, and then I took my wife out and we did OK.. no boat bending, and we made it back. Pearson 26.

Soooo... we'd like to get real serious about this. Get out there for a couple days. The issue? As our three sons grew up and left the house, we added one dog for each son. We now have a 90 lb German Shepherd, a 60 lb retriever mix, and a 7 lb waste of dog kibble (ooops... I mean, chihuahua). We hate to leave them alone; it's not fair to the kind beasties. Can two small yet active and silly adults coexist for a day or two (or three) on board a Pearson 26 with a German Shepherd with the energy level of a chihuahua, a geriatric retriever mix who can still make it up stairs (barely), and a chihuahua that's.... well.... sigh.... a chihuahua.

Any and ALL hints/observations/anecdotes/advice would be most welcomed...

Best to all...

Barry

Don't know where and for how long you are going to sail, based on my experience..

We have two boxers and my brother have a German shepherd and we have sailed with all three on summer cruise.

Having a dinghy to get the dogs ashore is essential - they need to get ashore for exercise and going to the toilet (they can be trained to do the last bit on the boat - but most dogs refuse to do so where they live..)
Getting of and on the dinghy for large dogs can be a task - when we bought the current boat a swimming platform that could be used for stepping on of the dinghy was a requirement.

Get a god PFD for the dogs, it's almost impossible to get a slippery panicking dog out of the water w/o anything to lift in.

Some pictures :)
Smell of land
http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/DSC00790.jpg

Shore leave - playing
http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/DSC00887.jpg

The German shepherd
http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/DSC00838.jpg

Help with navigation
http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/DSC01242.jpg

Sailing
http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/o...IMG_1171-1.jpg

bblument 07-25-2013 06:13 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
Loved the pictures!!! Your shepherd is gorgeous... looks just like our first shepherd back a few decades. I'm in awe of German Shepherds... we're on our third one. Too bad they don't have the same lifespan we do.

Thanks for the encouragement. We'll find a way, and we'll definitely get some life jackets. None of them are particularly excited about swimming, anyway.

Barry

bblument 07-25-2013 06:17 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DRFerron (Post 1064690)
As a long-time English Mastiff owner, may I make a suggestion for the chihuahua?

Nevermind.

You might consider getting a dinghy so that you can anchor out overnight and dinghy the dogs to land for breaks. I see that all the time.

You couldn't POSSIBLY come up with a suggestion for the chihuahua that I haven't already thought of..... I'm a dog lover, and the chihuahua is just a really, really loud cat. :) In all seriousness, he's not near as bad as I thought he'd be, and my wife loves him. It's all good. I play with the REAL dog.

I've considered the dinghy idea, but our boat seems so small. Is there really a way to incorporate one on a Pearson 26? Would I have to tow it?

Thanks for the reply, Donna.

Barry

desert rat 07-25-2013 06:53 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
if you have lived with german shepards, you know , I know, everyone should know. They will go anywhere you do and adapt, but they hate to get wet.

knuterikt 07-25-2013 06:59 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by desert rat (Post 1064726)
if you have lived with german shepards, you know , I know, everyone should know. They will go anywhere you do and adapt, but they hate to get wet.

Have you told that to this one?
http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/DSC00887.jpg

knuterikt 07-25-2013 07:06 PM

Re: Dogs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bblument (Post 1064710)
Loved the pictures!!! Your shepherd is gorgeous... looks just like our first shepherd back a few decades. I'm in awe of German Shepherds... we're on our third one. Too bad they don't have the same lifespan we do.

Thanks for the encouragement. We'll find a way, and we'll definitely get some life jackets. None of them are particularly excited about swimming, anyway.

Barry

The shepherd is my brothers :)

The problem is not to let them swim voluntarily, but if they fall into the water.
Our oldest boxer fell in once on the way from the dinghy on board the boat, she did not have a life jacket on - it was not fun... and this was on flat water.

The boxers are good swimmers - but prefer going into the water from the rocks/beach
http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/DSC01077.jpg


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