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The passing of a pet is a hard time for all involved as the pet brings so much happiness into the family circle. The second hardest thing is to go out and find a NEW pet. sometimes when we do just that we tend to think the pet will be just as good as the one that has passed. Before you start give yourself some time to get over the past animals passing.
When you are emotionally ready to once again have a pet enter your life understand that dogs (pets) are like people and each is different tann the other.
On a boat it is up to you what sort of dog to have on board. I have two Bernese Mountain Dogs. The oldest is 3 and about 100 lbs, the youngest is now II mos and about 60 lbs. Our boat is a Mac 26M. A lot of dog for a little boat. It is just me and the bride and the two dogs.
Having trained dogs for 37 years for the FED Gov I found out that all training takes time and you need positive reinforcement to bring out the correct behavior.
If you have house trained your dog use the same method that you used before but bring it down to the boat limitations just like the house training. Think of the boat as the house. Keep in mind that the only place for the dog to go is on the boat while underway. Segrate and area of the boat where you can let the dog go , a place that is not in your way and easy to keep clean. Find a way to give the dog a safe area to go and make sure you are there in case of a problem. Make sure the animal also wears a PFD in case it takes a swim. Keep an eye on the dog for signs of distress or signs of having to go. take the animal to that area, let it do it's thing, praise the animal and give it a treat for a good job. Now clean the area. you might want to use a prescented item to get the idea where to go so Fido can please you.
Attempt to give the animal enough time on shore before you cast off. While under way watch the animal for signs of needed relief. Give the animal shore time when you can. Monitor and control food and water intake remembering what enters has to leave at sometime. If the animal has an accident don't get crazy just correct the animal by taking it to it safe area and praise it if it voids itself.
It takes time and in time the animal will accomplish what you want it to do. Keep in mind that a pup normally can hold itself about one hour for each hour alive. Example my Berner pup is now and can or expected to hold tight up to 11 hours depending on it's intake. We never go that distance as I feel it is to much to ask but it can be done. Sometimes you will find that a bitch has a bladder that might not be fully functional or even a tad weaker than a male the same age. On the other hand a non neutered male has the tendency to mark its area.
So all in all, get a dog box, puppy pads ,outdoor carpet even a presoiled carpet (2x3 0r 3x3 ft section) from home and use it on the deck of the boat. When the animal voids wash it with water over the side, let dry and reuse. Attaching some roap helps in the washing as well as securing the item. Praise the animal when it voids in its safe area and correct it when it has an accident.
Good luck and when all is done you and the pup will live on a happy note