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Sailing with a dog?

Does anybody sail with a dog on board? Yesterday we had a break in the weather and I took my dog out for a sail! He did okay on the boat but I was interested to see how many others sail with their dog's.
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We have a Maltese who has lived on the boat most of her life. She has made 6 or seven passages to and from the Caribbean. She was trained to use "puppy pads" since she was a puppy. It is funny watching her get her sea legs. She was the first Cruising Rally Association Salty Dog dog
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We sail with our dog all the time

We have a Aussie Cattle dog mix that we take all the time. Here are some pics on our boat and a friends boat.

I highly recommend getting a life jacket. A good one with more then just the straps on the bottom. If the dog goes over, then the handle on the top is a big help in getting them back on board.

Plus, when you attach a leash (like you did in the photo) you can attach it to the jacket and not the collar. That way you don't strangle the dog if it goes over.

Good luck.
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It is funny watching her get her sea legs.
It is funny. Our dog hates the wake from power boats and when she hears a power boat coming, she sprawls out to get ready for the wake.
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I am pretty sure my dog is a better swimmer than I am. We both spend plenty of days at the beach, but my wife really thinks he needs a life vest so that will happen soon I am sure. Right now he is still young but I would like to be able to take him out some, so it is good to know that you guys have adventurous pets. I am pretty sure that dogs cant be at catalina island because of past disease issues, and that is our only cursing destination. He can handle a few hours out so that is good enough. What brand dog life vest do you use? Thanks.

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I am pretty sure my dog is a better swimmer than I am. We both spend plenty of days at the beach, but my wife really thinks he needs a life vest so that will happen soon I am sure. Right now he is still young but I would like to be able to take him out some, so it is good to know that you guys have adventurous pets. I am pretty sure that dogs cant be at catalina island because of past disease issues, and that is our only cursing destination. He can handle a few hours out so that is good enough. What brand dog life vest do you use? Thanks.

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The life vest does make it easier to get them onboard for when/if they fall over. My dog was accidentally knocked into the water a time or two by people.
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I am pretty sure my dog is a better swimmer than I am.
The life vest isn't because of the dogs lack of swimming ability. It is mainly to get the dog back on the boat. Try lifting a dog over the gunwales.

I am not sure on the brand we currently have, but don't get the westmarine ones. I'll look at the brand when I am home.
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Many years ago we took our Great Dane to Catalina. He did not like the trip over but loved wandering around the city of Avalon (on the leash).
The Two Harbors website say this about dogs:

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Dogs must be leashed at all times. Always clean up after your pet. Free refuse bags are available at the end of the pier. Do not tie dogs to patio, walkways or other places, or leave them unattended. The Catalina fox population is still recovering from an outbreak of canine distemper virus. Prior to coming ashore, please make sure your pets have all their current shots, including the distemper vaccination.

You should not have a problem there if you follow the rules.
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Thanks. That helps a bunch. I am not sure if our dog could handle the trip over... the night on the boat... and the trip back... Good to know regardless. Thanks glassdad.
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We have a pug, chinese crested, brussel griffon mix. I wish I knew how to post a picture, because it is ugly. You can go to Flash Intro Page to see his web site. He has sailed with us all his life and loves the boat. He also hates powerboats and the louder they are the more he barks. He jumped off a dock last year and my wife who can not swim, jumped in after him. Not a smart move but I managed to save her after I got the dog out. Anyway our experience is that if you start them young they are right at home on a boat.
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