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04-13-2012 09:02 AM
Re: Boat dogs?

Does anyone know what is the norm if you have a boat dog and you are travelling island to island in the Caribbean. Are the authoriies sticky about it or do they ignore it?
04-09-2012 05:23 PM
Re: Boat dogs?

If you handle a 20-25 lb dog, cocker spaniels are absolutely wonderful on boats. My boyhood spaniel loved being on our boats and was surefooted, alert to his surroundings, and calm on the water. However, he had a tendency to try to retrieve diving birds.
04-09-2012 11:36 AM
Re: Boat dogs?

Originally Posted by utchuckd View Post
I've got a standard labradoodle (75 lbs) that I'm interested/concerned with how he's gonna take to being on a boat. It could be a big factor in how my plans turn out, cause I don't know what I'd do if I can't have him around.

I currently have three dogs all from different backgrounds and all different breeds and they are all very good with boating.
It was mentioned in this post before but most of the time dogs get their cue from how to adress a situation from thier human. If you just act like going on the boat is a normal thing and not worry about what the dog is going to do and things will probably turn out fine.
I'd also recommend giving the dog a place once on the boat so it knows what it is supposed to do. Should it lay on the cockpit floor, in the saloon, steer the boat, make coffee? You get me drift, dogs are most compfortable when they have a job, even if it is laying by your feet.
Lastly, Doggie lifevest, yes almost all dogs can swim (some better than others) but try finding a dog head sticking out of the waves... not easy.
Anyway, good luck with your dog I hope he turns out to be a good boating buddy.
04-09-2012 01:01 AM
Re: Boat dogs?

I have a Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix......the smartest dog that I have ever seen...he knows to go to the high side...and when I say "ready about" he makes sure that he is clear of all lines on tacks...he barks at buoys and boats plus he was named sailor of the year by my yacht club...we got him free from a farmer.
04-06-2012 04:56 PM
Re: Boat dogs?

I've got a standard labradoodle (75 lbs) that I'm interested/concerned with how he's gonna take to being on a boat. It could be a big factor in how my plans turn out, cause I don't know what I'd do if I can't have him around.

04-06-2012 03:41 PM
yes we are divorced now

I lived aboard my Flicka with my wife , a Brittany Spaniel, and a Jack Russell and yes we are divorced now.

04-05-2012 07:50 PM
Boat dogs?

I have a border collie and she turned out to be a great boat dog. She's great on the water. Loves seeing animals like dolphins. And she's great getting in and out of a dingy. I normally wrap the bow line around one of the winches, pull the bow up and she walks right in or out of the boat.
04-05-2012 06:59 PM
Re: Boat dogs?

I wouldnt consider a pug as they shed a lot. Its not so bad getting it off your clothes and upholstery but is really sucks in your food. They should come with a handle attached to their backs as they have limited mobility at the best of times (sorry guys!). I had a good friend who had one. We called it "Fugly" to shorten a term for obvious reasons. Labs are my favorite but are definitely on the large size for many boats. Mine would take up most of the cockpit if you let him although I didnt have to help him up from the cabin to the cockpit or anywhere else. Also consider a non-slip pad under their blanket or whatever as they tend to get a little nervous when tacking and they start sliding.
04-05-2012 05:48 PM
Re: Boat dogs?

I'm lovin' this thread. I'm looking for a dog for a liveaboard, this thread is awesome!
03-03-2010 12:17 AM
Waltthesalt The small dog bred for boats is the Skipperkee. Lower risk with that dog than any other. You want to consder whether the characteristics of that dog are compatible with your family. They're more terrier like than retrever like. They were bred to protect barges... bark and also be rattors. Go to a dog show and see if you like them. Potragese (Sp?) water doge area also bred for boats but they're standard poodle size and reeeely hyper. The bigger issue is that any dog can be a great boat dog if you start them as a puppy on board and spend the time train them to be OK on the boat. An older dog amy never be comfortable with being on board. Jessica Stone has a book out on the subject "Doggie on Deck" which you may find helpful.
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