I truly love dogs, and have been incredibly close to mine in the past.
Having said that, I would never take one "seriously" cruising. Dogs need to run & play outside, all day, imo. When making a long passage
, dogs suffer terribly, both from seasickness, fear, and their lifelong training to "hold it". Many get bladder infections...
Their is also the moral imperative that the dogs owner has to keep them from barking at all of the dinghies buzzing about, many, by necessity, from just 50' or so away. The dog may see the dinghy
as "in their space", where as the dinghy
occupants are simply heading home the only way they have to do so. Sound is magnified and travels X10 over water
Nothing ruins an anchorage more than ANY form of unnecessary noise
. Most cruisers go cruising for the bucolic, quiet, natural experience of nature and the sea, not to re-create urban sprawl.
From a health
point of view, the W.H.O. has concluded in a long, extensive study, that the #2 killer among all forms of pollution, (following air pollution), is NOISE! Hard to believe I know, but true.
Anyone who does decide to take their dog with them, is opening themselves up to a huge bureaucratic nightmare, but if the decision is firm, and the owners are responsible folks, the dog should be trained that only those "actually boarding the boat" are intruders to be barked at, not everyone that they see. Otherwise, the dog owner gets no security
, as the dog barks at "everything", and their false "sense of security" is at the expense of others, who kindly went cruising, without taking ANY form of noise
Barking dogs, JetSkis, LOUD late night deck
parties, excessively loud rap music
, Air-X wind
generators, screaming fights onboard, etc. are all antisocial behaviors in a tight anchorage.
It is much more fun to make friends, at least for us...
We use cockpit
alarms, btw. They have never been needed (yet), but we have them, and they never go off at passing dinghies, with its smiling occupants waving as they go by...
Please, dog owners, don't be offended by my comments, none was intended... I'm sure that their are exceptions, like small, quiet, totally content dogs, that are trained to "go" on a grass doormat on the bow. Then if you are willing to only go to certain countries where dogs are allowed, by all means, take them. I was referring to the other 90%.
These observations of what it is like living in an anchorage with noise, is from 15 years of doing so with a sound transparent boat. I'm only trying to describe being on the receiving end.
Regards to all,