Originally Posted by emincher
Just getting myself set up on the site here and getting ready to set sail out of Galveston TX at the end of October beginning a circumnavigation
(basically the first time for myself on this type of voyage, although I have sailed before) 2 of us (and possibly the dog) sailing a 40' Block Island and other friend accompanying the journey on his boat.
I have a 5yr. German Shorthair Pointer that I'm debating the pro's & con's of dogs onboard.
Aside from the potty training, wondering if it's really just unfair to the dog to be cooped up for weeks at a time while underway and what the 'tricks of the trade' are so-to-speak since I don't have much experience. I know there's a lot to consider between shots/customs/ports of entry/exercise & food
Just wanted to tap into the thoughts/experiences of people here who may have some input.
Beth, have you taken your dog out on shorter cruises yet? Does she (picking a sex) get seasick? Does she act stir crazy after three or four days?
Does she like to swim? In water
without big waves and/or current
, if she likes the water
, she could play fetch, etc. in the water. What does her vet say?
Hunting dogs were bred to be busy. You might try some of the things zoos do to keep their hunting animals
occupied -- hiding treats in places where the animal has to work some to get it, for instance. Get a number of dog toys, but rotate them. If you have nine, have three out at a time and the others hidden, so when the next three come out and the first three are put away, the "new" ones really seem fresher and newer to her.
You want to have a plan for getting her back on if she falls overboard
even in rough seas. I know someone who saved his dog by swimming with her to the dinghy
. The dog was able to climb into the dinghy
(which was being towed), and then pulled up to the boat. But then the dog still needs a good way to get on, something she feels secure and safe with.
I've seen dogs that love to ride around in a motorized dinghy the way dogs on land love to ride in cars. Might give him some of that doggie joy of going for a good walk.
I think he should be crate trained. Then if things get very rough, you can put him below in his crate, and secure the crate, and he'll be safe. I sail with two cats and have made sure through use of toys, catnip, etc., that they like their crates, and that's the reason. They have mesh sides, and one of them often chooses to sit for hours in hers in the cockpit
. It's exactly what I was hoping for. The other cat isn't quite there yet.