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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

We lost our golden eight years ago, and I always think about how she would love being out on the boat. Our present dog, a border collie, is a great dog but is terrified of the water. The few times we've taken her out she had to be carried on. Our golden would have been from the dock to the boat in a flying leap! But, oh yes, the hair! Lots of hair.
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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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We sail with our 85 pound Golden. In the spring and summer we keep her hair clipped to about 1/2 to 3/4 inches. Short hair makes a big difference in the heat. She started out in a Cape Dory 26 and now enjoys her IP 350. In hot weather she stays below with fans on. When temperatures are predicted above 90, we sail early and get her back to the slip early and AC comfort. In fair weather she stays in the cockpit with a tether on. We have a 7 foot ramp to get her from cockpit to cabin and back again. We need a finger peer or dock to get her off the boat. She always has water available
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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

An 85 pound golden is a BIG golden. I was thinking about a ramp to get below. How wide is the one you use and where do you keep it when it is not in use? I have a Cal 2-27.

The water in the Pacific Northwest stays about 50 degrees and there is almost always a bit of a cooling breeze. We live at 50 degrees lat. Not so terribly worried about the heat. There are always exceptions of course.

Love all the great ideas and stories.
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An 85 pound golden is a BIG golden. I was thinking about a ramp to get below. How wide is the one you use and where do you keep it when it is not in use? I have a Cal 2-27.

The water in the Pacific Northwest stays about 50 degrees and there is almost always a bit of a cooling breeze. We live at 50 degrees lat. Not so terribly worried about the heat. There are always exceptions of course.

Love all the great ideas and stories.
I have an 85 lb Siberian Husky, and I can't say that it's an ideal arrangement. My boat is 2 hrs from where I live, so I can't really leave him home. He's actually ok on the boat, usually he stays below where it's a bit cooler. Biggest problem is getting him on the boat in the first place, and getting him up and down the companionway. The latter unfortunately requires me to pick him up and lift him in or out. Not really fun to say the least. And Huskies take shedding to a whole new level, so there's that as well.

Having said all that, he's my best friend and I know he would rather be where I am than not. So we manage.
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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

Best dogs of all time.
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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

We got one of these ordered in from West Marine, Pet Step, way more flexible than the Paws Aboard one as it can be used all over the place, folds in half and is half the cost.
After leaving it down in the house for a couple of weeks to make it smelly enough for him to recognise, we gave it the first outing on the boat at the weekend. At first he wouldn't go up it so we had to move the boat to where he could just hop on, but we had it leading from the cabin to the cockpit and he was fine walking up and down whilst underway. Main problem was that his lifejacket was too hot, and actually stopped him turning round in the cabin so I think we'll have to just use that for transferring to/from the dock (the dinghy will be the next challenge) and get him a harness and clip him in when underway.
When we got back to the slip we put the ramp between the coaming and the pier and basically left him to it while we tidied up and had a drink. After a few minutes he was quite happily getting on and off the boat. He's almost 90lbs, and at 15 months old he's got another 6 months of growing to do, there's no way we can lift him about. Woof. Not a golden, he's a husky/shepherd/wolf mix. Woof.
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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

This is a wonderful thread. There should be a forum on sailnet just for sailing with pets !
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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

Sorry about your loss. It's awfully quiet around the house, isn't it?

I'm relatively new to sailing but hope to include our Golden Retriever in our adventures someday.

The best online resource I've seen online is at SailCharboneau.com. That family sailed with two Golden Retrievers on a 40 foot boat.

They have lots of helpful information based on their experiences.
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Re: Who sails with their Golden Retriever

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Who sails with a big dog and how do they do it? Just lost my beautiful Golden Retriever Girl who was a pretty good sailor. Does anyone else sail with a big dog? What tips do you have?
Sorry for your loss.

Don't sail with a Golden Retriever - but we have three other large dogs sailing with us regularly.

Two Boxers and one German Shepard (My brothers), we have sailed couple of weeks with all three on board during a summer cruise but most often one or two.

Generally it's considered a good thing to expose dogs to as many new impressions as possible before the age of 3 months. They seems to be more open to new stuff at a young age.

Sailing with dogs is a bit like sailing with children, adjust to the smaller crew (time at sea, the weather you go out in).

Find out where the dog is most comfortable when sailing, most dogs like to be close to their owners.

Grown dogs don't like their "stuff" on the boat (=home), so if you plan to stay out of harbor for a long time - try to rain the dog to do the "stuff" on mat in a designated place.

PFD for dogs is important, get one with good lifting handles and attachment for lifeline. Let the dog get used to swim with it (just like children)

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