-All of my dogs have been started young, one when I was living aboard.
Started training on papers in a crate, progressed to a door mat that I
attached to a line(kick it over board to flush) I had a friend that
showed dogs, so that they wouldn't squat in the ring he would take
them behind the building and stick a matchstick up their back
side...instant response. My current dog doesn't like vibration under
foot, boat motor when its running, rumble strips when in the car, my
other ones grew up in CA and got used to the ground moving under their
feet occasionally. I put nets in the lifelines and a short lead on the
harness, just long enough to get over the rail, but not into the
water, they jump once, dangle for a while, are very grateful to be
pulled back aboard and seldom jump again...as long as you leave them
dangle for a bit and don't act too exited about the whole thing. You
might try leaving the motor run at the dock for a while to get them
used to it, before getting underway.JT
-- In email@example.com
, "Carol Voss"
> Haf, Bruce is right: Generally speaking, a dog's behavior in a car is
> loosely predictive of how they will act on a boat.
> A short leash, firmly attached to a stationary point on the boat, is
> essential to keeping a dog aboard when in port. Be sure the leash
> long enough to allow the dog to reach the gunwales, he may strangle
> if he goes over.
> Labradors and Golden Retrievers are notorious for loving the water,
> may have a hard time keeping them from jumping in for a swim.
> As far as introducing a dog to sailing, this has to be done in stages.
> Obviously, pick relatively calm times. The first time just let the
> aboard and investigate, and hang out for awhile with the dog without
> port (I know, tough for us to do.) Get him used to the sights, sounds,
> smells, and motion of the boat in the slip. The next time, start
> and let the dog get used to that idea. Then head out briefly (less
> half hour,) and see how he likes it. Use plenty of praise and
> is not something you want to try while sailing single-handed.
> to pretty much be praising and petting the dog continuously until he
> demonstrates that he likes the boat and the idea of sailing.
> The life vest is indispensable: A few years ago, a dog was found
> one, and alive; he had been on a boat that had sunk (along with the
> One of the Coasties adopted the "orphaned" dog.
> I don't have any real answers for messes: Just get it cleaned up
> hits the bilge! Pet Smart has puppy training pads, but an older dog
> may not use them. They're pretty particular about where they "go." My
> current dog eliminates on command, and has managed to learn that he
> piddle off the leeward gunwale!
> Carol Voss
> C26Mk II # 255 "Puffin"
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> Subject: Re: CYOA - Sea Dogs
> I've never seen any breed preference. I commonly sail with at least
> sometimes three Belgian Tervuerens. Others on the dock have Standard
> Airedales, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, German Short-hairs, all sorts of
> think it is individual specific, like dogs that get real nervous
> a car. There is a variety of nonprescription supplements called
> available through pet supply stores or veterinary clinics which are
> to help with this and other common stress situations like thunder
> hard to say just why the dog was nervous. It could be the motion of the
> the noise of the engine, being confined below, or what. Some of my dogs
> the foredeck, others just rack out below. I have several
> general. Put a good quality life jacket on the pet. It should buckle
> top, (the ones that buckle under the belly are too hard to put on),
> have a harness ring. I personally have a harness on the dogs at all
> around the lake anyway. It should be strong and secure enough to
> and lift the pet back aboard. At, or near the dock, tie the pet to
> confine them below. If you sail regularly with a pet, get them their own
> bag with everything needed. I keep a dedicated set of brushes, leashes,
> food dishes, medicines, etc. in a bag ready to go. Getting a dog to
> the cockpit or on the deck is tough. I lucked out because I had a
> would basically go on command because I trained him to do so while
> trips. Once the others saw that it was OK, they would also do so.
> with a Standard Poodle tried all sorts of things, like having him
pee on a
> bush on shore and then bring the bush aboard but never did have much
> cruisers just figure on a shore trip in the morning and evening. One
> took her Lhasa Apso on a month long cruise around Victoria Island on her
> 32 and basically, that worked, but, of course, she was always in
> Dogs do take a little extra effort to work out as sailing
> they're not as much trouble as kids
> Bruce K
> Challenger # 74, "Ouroboros"
> Los Lunas, NM >
> > Happy New Year everyone.
> > Today I went sailing and brought a dog with me. I'm babysitting it
> > for my son and for most parts it is fine with me. But on the water
> > animal went nuts. He was squeeling and hauling and trembling in fear
> > all the time. I returned early, but as I slid into the slip the
> > jumped and landed in the water, and nearly got itself squished
> > the boat and the dock.
> > In the past I have sailed with a guy who had a dog and it never was
> > trouble. I wonder if different breeds have different hang-ups about
> > sailing. This one is an Australian Red Heeler, and is absolutely
> > delightful on the trails. But, on the water it was not happy.
> > My question is: Do different types of dogs adapt more easily than
> > others to sailing? The next question is: How do you break a dog in to
> > like going sailing?
> > Haf
> > Quintessence, C-28, #388
> > Monterey, CA
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