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You really want to try and keep the dog on the boat, if you absolutely have to bring the dog on the boat in the first place. Getting a soggy 70+ lb. dog back aboard without a swim platform/sugar scoop stern or low freeboard sides is an exercise in futility... you'll also want a good doggie PFD.

At 70 lbs., I would not consider the dog to be large, merely medium sized, since I've dealt with 140+ lb. Newfies...

A couple reasons I would really recommend you leave this particular dog at home are: 1) the dog doesn't like deeper water... 2) the dog is part border collie...an overly energetic breed that will go somewhat psychotic in the small confines of a 26' sailboat...

Just my HO, but you've been warned..
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You really want to try and keep the dog on the boat, if you absolutely have to bring the dog on the boat in the first place. Getting a soggy 70+ lb. dog back aboard without a swim platform/sugar scoop stern or low freeboard sides is an exercise in futility... you'll also want a good doggie PFD.

At 70 lbs., I would not consider the dog to be large, merely medium sized, since I've dealt with 140+ lb. Newfies...

A couple reasons I would really recommend you leave this particular dog at home are: 1) the dog doesn't like deeper water... 2) the dog is part border collie...an overly energetic breed that will go somewhat psychotic in the small confines of a 26' sailboat...

Just my HO, but you've been warned..
I think I've reached the same conclusions.

I just was hoping for a solution that would work.

What about if I laced his kibble with Gravol? It used to work on my daughter (except for the bit about 'kibble')
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Great, then you'll have a drowsy dog that is more likely to fall overboard, if he/she gets up on deck... not an ideal situation... They do make kibble for kids...it's called Cheerios..
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I think I've reached the same conclusions.

I just was hoping for a solution that would work.

What about if I laced his kibble with Gravol? It used to work on my daughter (except for the bit about 'kibble')
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It wasn't all for naught....

That bulldog thread was the one that convinced me to permanently nix any ideas of cruising with a dog. That and the thought of having my springer spaniel bouncing off the cabin walls....no fun for either of us. I sail to relax..

That said, if you check out catalogs from places like Cabelas and Bass Pro Shop you'll find several means that people have come up with to get their dog back in the boat when waterfowling. Most if not all are made for freeboard much lower than that of a sailboat but they could be modified easily enough.

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Great, then you'll have a drowsy dog that is more likely to fall overboard, if he/she gets up on deck... not an ideal situation... They do make kibble for kids...it's called Cheerios..
What if I velcroed the deck?

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