Originally Posted by zeehag
i havenbt netting but i train my cat with a leash, and he does fine..mebbe a puppy could possibly be trained in similar fashion to not try to go off boat..if a cat can do it surely a puppy might be able to do this.
cat also walks on leash and comes to momma on command and goes to bed
and fetches and catches.
cat also kills unwanted visitors who invade his territory--hasnt gotten a human but he is working on that lil problem....
The problem is that the cat is grown and the puppy not; cats are much better coordinated than a dog is.
Even so, both my cats ended up in the water
. One kept her cool and saved herself quite well. The other made a series of bad choices and if several people hadn't been around would surely have drowned.
I don't think for one moment the one cat I have now (gave the other one away) would fall in or even jump in, but puppies are so excitable, and just not nerly as well coordinated. I wouldn't have a puppy without netting.
On my boat the netting is for me, not a pet. With my poor leg coordination, I crawl to the bow if it's rough and I have to go up there.