Originally Posted by DogsAtC
Hi all. Have been following this thread with great interest as we are in the planning stage of our trip and hope to set sail within the next 6 to 12 months. All our plans include our two German Shepherds. With all your tips about doggy doo and wees hopefully we should be able to manage.
I would like to hear your suggestions and ideas on how to keep your dogs entertained on long sailing stretches eg when you have been sailing for a week plus at a time. Whilst our dogs love being with us I am sure they will get bored after being cooped up for a few days.
Also would be interested to hear from people who have large dogs on what size and type of catamaran
you have, how it works with the dogs and what you would recommend for blue water sailing
. Look forward to hearing your responses. Cheers
I have a German Shepard and have had them before, in fact, except for the time in the Army overseas, I had a dog all my life. You didn't say how old your dogs are. If they are young, a few days 3/4 won't hurt them. If they are older (mature or older) I wouldn't do it. Shepards need exercise especially as they get older. They will be more prone to arthitus and legimate problems and hip displasia (sp) if they can't move for days at a time. It's hard on them physically. Another issue is the crap, my dog has a pile similar to a horse! What a mess that would be on deck
and running around next to winches, trim and crevices! Having two....I can imagine what it would be like....and, most don't shed as bad as mine does, seems hungs fall out constantly, there is always hair. The hair I can live with, mostly, but it can get everywhere. Mine is also on a diet of the same food
, plus tid bits occassionally, I'm not sure how he would react to dog food
, if you're headed away from a regular food source. That means, for a long cruise
, storing a couple hundred pounds of food for a month. If I had a 60' cat with a large deck
, I might consider taking mine. Otherwise, I think I'd have to think of him first and what he would want as opposed to my wants of having him (forcing him) to be with me.