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12-06-2014 09:07 AM
Re: Dogs?

No less than three, and sometimes as many as seven dogs running about our little slip. One owner asked what kind of dog I had.
I responded with "OPDs"..
She asked "what?"
"Other People's Dogs" was my retort. A pocketfull of treats makes friends with near any dog . The resident and visitor canines know. where my treats arre stowed by now and come to "visit" with regularity.
Enuff "dog time" for me
12-05-2014 08:44 PM
Re: Dogs?

Our excitable little dog really relaxes once we are under sail. We only take her out once or twice a year, and only for daysails. We did take her on an overnight marina cruise to Philly once, but we've never taken her out long enough to have to worry about dinghying ashore to do her business. She has started to lose her bladdar control a little bit (can only hold it a few hours) so we re-trained her to use wee-wee pads when we're out of the house. Now that she's trained for that, it's what we would probably do on the boat instead of dinghying to shore.

Note in the pic below that we have a clothesline safety tether for her when she's on the boat.

12-05-2014 12:47 PM
Boogie Nights
Re: Dogs?

12-05-2014 12:46 PM
Boogie Nights
Re: Dogs?

I have a chihuahua. he's a perfect dog for a small boat. he's grown up with it and is totally cool and relaxed (except when i run the engine, he doesn't like that, pretty much like me)
my parents dog is absolutely terrified of walking down the pontoon, never mind getting on the boat. I'd be a bit nervous about bringing a German Shepherd on board if it wasn't confident around water.
and definitely, always make sure pets wear some sort of harness or harness floatation device.
retrieving them when they inevitably fall in is made that much easier if they have a handle on their back. Finding one the right size for a chihuahua, is a devil of a job. Theirs heads are so close to the water even with a flotation device, means a chin flap to hold their head up is ideal.
11-21-2014 03:50 PM
Re: Dogs?

Originally Posted by knuterikt View Post
do you believe everything you read?
That is impossible.
It just seems like it sometime...
11-21-2014 03:28 PM
Re: Dogs?

Originally Posted by PhilCarlson View Post
I read somewhere that a seasick dog can actually vomit twice its body weight.
do you believe everything you read?
That is impossible.
11-21-2014 02:45 PM
Re: Dogs?

I read somewhere that a seasick dog can actually vomit twice its body weight.
11-21-2014 02:28 PM
Re: Dogs?

Originally Posted by irasman View Post
Two questions
1. Large dog how where to take a dump?
We try get the dogs ashore to do this - a dinghy is necessary so we can get ashore.
When we are at sea for more that 8 to 10 hours they can be convinced to do it on deck. A bucket of sea water can be used to flush.

I know that some have trained their dogs to do it on a piece of astroturf with a rope attached - just throw it overboard after use for cleaning.

Originally Posted by irasman View Post
2. how to prepare the dog and or the deck so that the dog does not slip and slide?
By keeping the dogs claws short, our dogs (2 boxers and 1 German shepherd) have got surprisingly good sea legs.

Relaxed sailing (watching the dinghy)
11-20-2014 08:18 PM
Re: Dogs?

Two questions
1. Large dog how where to take a dump?
2. how to prepare the dog and or the deck so that the dog does not slip and slide?
08-30-2013 10:16 AM
Re: Dogs?


Haven't taken the dogs sailing yet, mostly just because I don't feel confident enough in my own abilities to deal with watching after the dogs while I'm still learning to sail well. We need to get life jackets for the dogs and maybe do a few MOB/DOB practice sessions to make sure we can get everything we need rigged quickly for recoveries, should they ever be necessary.

We HAVE taken the GSD and the ChihuaCat to a nice deserted lake beach and given them extensive swimming lessons. Not bad. The Chi does fine, but won't enter the water on his own. Once he's in it, he swims fast and calmly. The GSD loves to romp in the water... weird for that breed. Once it gets to the point where he HAS to swim and can't reach bottom or "porpoise," he gets a little panicky and heads for shore although, like all dogs, he swims just fine. He seems to try to swim "up and out" more than forward, but I think he'll relax eventually.

Mel (the GSD) and I spent the night on the boat last night, and he was great. First trip down the floating dock he freaked a bit ("Dad... the earth is MOVING!!"), but he got used to it and I can't keep him OFF the boat now. We had a great night sitting on the foredeck, watching the stars, and got a good night's sleep inside; he was really relaxed the whole time. Next, we'll motor and see how he does with that... then sail. I think it'll work!

Oh... I found a great vacuum cleaner.... "Dos Manos." Sigh. He sheds a LOT. I just went around the boat, clumping the hair together with my hands. It really wasn't THAT bad, but I'm sure it'll get old.

Thanks again for all the helpful posts!

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