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Old 11-12-2015, 23:31   #31
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Time for a little story....

When we brought our Malemute home, he was 7-1/2 wks old, and I could hold him in the palm of my hand, albeit he was a big handful. At that time, we also had two alley cats, both grey tabbies. Momma Kitty ruled the roost. She regulated cat visitors, brought in many kills.
Err... and....? This feels like it is going to go bad for the handful of dog.
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Old 12-12-2015, 02:18   #32
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Nah, it didn't go bad. She taught him to respect her, as was necessary. All good, they were friends at the end.

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Get her a nice cedar filled dog bed that will be her place below. If it's the kind in a basket, then sew or glue non-skid to the basket. Put it low on the cabin sole where it will be most stable, and hopefullly where you least mind dog hair, because it (like human hair) is a great clogger of bilge pumps. Give her a pat from me.

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Poodles and their mixes do not shed. This is one of the best things about these dogs. Almost as good as a baby that doesn't poo.

I have never seen a dog that didn't like boats or trucks. Mostly, they will want to be wherever you are. Ours are constantly under foot and in laps as they follow us around the boat. Sid liked driving
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Dogs are really the best people in the world :-)!
I'd beg to differ & say cats are .... but I certainly agree with your drift.

PS, no has has directly mentioned it & I'm sure it's common sense, but it would be best to introduce your pup to the boat in calm (marina or at anchor) conditions before actually going sailing.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:38   #35
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Re: Introducing a young dog to sailing

Nicholson58,

I was aware of that with the small poodles. Did not know that about the crosses. I hope it's true for the Golden Retriever cross. Once visited on a 33 footer with two Golden Retrievers aboard, and the place was plated in dog hair.

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I'd beg to differ & say cats are .... but I certainly agree with your drift.

PS, no has has directly mentioned it & I'm sure it's common sense, but it would be best to introduce your pup to the boat in calm (marina or at anchor) conditions before actually going sailing.

I beg to differ again and say dog AND cats are the best.

Yes, we've had two visits to the boat in the pen so far, just getting her used to the smells and sounds. I think she loves the fact that we are there squeezed in together. Another good reason for a smaller boat. ;^)


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I was aware of that with the small poodles. Did not know that about the crosses. I hope it's true for the Golden Retriever cross. Once visited on a 33 footer with two Golden Retrievers aboard, and the place was plated in dog hair.

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Happy to report we've been unable to get a single hair out of the little ball of fluff so far. And yes, this is the reason we chose one of the poodle cross breeds. (That and the poodle brings some serious intelligence to the mix). We hired a canal boat in the UK and my brother in law brought his Labrador aboard for three days. It took me another three days to get rid of all the hair. I actually started to wonder if my brother in law might look different without the coating of lab hair.


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Baxter loves to sail.

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My dog always came sailing with me.

She preferred to sleep below while we were underway. I felt this was much safer for her too. She would find a safe spot, curl up, and nap until we got someplace. She would be very excited when we would come up to a dock, and would often be the first one off the boat...leaping across, then tearing up the dock to find some grass to pee before coming straight back.

If we anchored, I would row her ashore at least 3 times a day...what a bother.

Basically, I just brought her with me whenever I went to the boat. She bacame accustomed to getting on and off, going up and down the campanionway, and knew where was good sleep. I had a 12volt fan which blew on her (face) when it was hot.

She never had any complaints, and never tried to go overboard. She absolutely loved the places we visited...islands where she could run free and hunt mice, as well as american towns where dogs run free ....no leash laws... often a whole pack of dogs would come down to see her at the dock, and she would disappear with them for an hour, all of them running at full speed through the town...dog fun.

Sometimes I would have her swim behind the dinghy to get a "long run", as there wasn't much space on board.

I think my dog enjoyed being with me on the boat as much as I enjoyed having her aboard. She lived 11 years and 11 months. I miss her every day.
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Our passed dogs remain our Friends forever.

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It is a moral obligation to keep our pets sound and happy. It sounds like you did :-)
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