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Funny to come across this thread; I have four tall, leggy dogs -- a greyhound and three Borzoi-- and I was also wondering if we could ever get one to relax on and enjoy a boat.
I didn't it's all that practical to take the time to get one or more of them used to the whole boat process (getting to the boat, getting on the boat, dealing with the boat, dealing with poopy issues). It's just a lot of dog to deal with and those long legs seem like trouble waiting to happen if they lost their footing. I'm thinking below decks and in the cockpit rather than on the deck too.
Am glad to hear of at least one success story so maybe we'll try it with one of the more adaptable borzoi! Definitely with a life vest.
(Also: Most racing greyhounds are not traumatized and come home with mental issues. They are, generally speaking, happy, friendly dogs, and like people a lot. But like most dogs they are accustomed to routine, be it in a kennel at the track or their new home. They can be weirded out when that routine changes. But so can your cat, and at least the greyhound won't typically poop in your shoe to express it.)