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We are a family of four, two kids of 7 and 9 years and we own a 40 feet sailing boat, an Elan 40, a cruiser racer. Now we are thinking on getting a dog, if we can a Golden retriever. My big concers are toward sailing how dogs do in a sailing boat? In summer we spend about three weeks on the boat and I am getting concerned....PLease any advice will be really apreciated
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Don''t know about Golden Retrievers but my Yorkshire Terror loves to sail. He get really excited when he know that he is going to HIS boat.
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For many years my Pom Ziggy loved our boat. We have been live aboards for several years now and even spent 3 month on the hook in San Diego. He loved the trip every day to land to do his business. Except for the day he fell of the bow of the dingy and went for a swim.

its really up to the individual dog. i''ve seen many different breeds react unpredictably for no apparent reason. A fellow docker has a mastif that is quite comfortable dock side but freaks when underway.
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I have a cockapoo who has been sailing/cruising with me since she was 8 wks,old, she''s now 8 yrs. old. She loves it. I have her trained to do her business on the bow. Sounds gross, but I always have the cleanest bow in town. I have a bucket, scub brush and spray bleach. I couldn''t handle a Lab. only because I couldn''t lift one into my dingy, I''m a single-handed sailor. Sheela
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Ok, as I thought only the positive experience is replying....what about the no nos ....well as a kid I had always dogs....and now the turn towards our kids is ours..is nice to have a dog. Is a lot of work and discipline...and in a boat I cannot imagine...one of the things that I read that a big dog my be able to climb by itself to a dingy or to the boat (with a swim platform) is there more experiences about that ?
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I got a Golden 5 years ago (my second).
I bought my first sailboat two years ago (28'' Ericson).
Once the Golden got used to sloping floors unders sail, he settled in like a pro.
General rule with Goldens: they''re people dogs, and want to be with you no matter what you''re doing.
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Just make sure not to have an accident where the pup gets dunked too early. We have a lab/border collie mix who jumped off a dinghy when she was only a few months old. She''s now 11, absolutely wonderful dog, but unfortunately is scared to death of water.
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Ahoy Dog Lovers, For the last time ,I''m not kidding ,If I see any four footed crew members in Charlotte Harbor or anywhere else I happen to run across your silly souls I will not only eat your dog I will quite possible eat you as well. I am amazed that you think I would be interested in hearing or smelling your furry critters while I am trying to enjoy a nice harbor, dock or beach. You have just stepped in a whole different pile of ..... to be sure. The Pirate of Pine Island.
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Attention BigRed56, no one cares what you would be interested in hearing or smelling. I think there are many more responsible dog owners out there than irresponsible ones. For future reference, I suggest you reserve making such ridiculous statements which clearly have no place among a group of people who are simply trying to share positive experience and advice. The cruising lifestyle, as I understand it, usually focuses on fraternity and helpful attitudes. It seems to me that you just don''t get it...
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That may be two of us that don''t get it, I''m with the Pirate on this one! Until such time that a dog can trim a sheet, haul in the anchor, steer a straight course, work on the diesel, navigate or just get me a cold beer from the galley, I question what good are woofers on a boat!

Sofi excluded!
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