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Old 06-01-2010, 14:15   #91
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WE have a boxer, Mac, and a Golden Retriever Boxer x, Cheese. The Boxer likes being on the tanzer and is a pretty good sailor but he hates to swim so when he fell off when we were tacking he was pretty frantic good thing we had a life jacket on him and was easy to haul him back onboard. Cheese loves to swim but we have never had him on the boat the month trip in the spring will be the first time both dogs will be sailing with us but at least it will be on our Hunter which is bigger than the Tanzer. Will let you know if a Boxer makes a good cruising dog....
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Old 06-01-2010, 17:02   #92
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I have three dogs,a labrador x and two mini schnauzers.I am scared that if the lab falls in,i wont be able to lift him back on board,he a big dog.

The minis,are great,i have lifevest for them and i can lift them easily,and they dont mind the odd F6.

My son brought his Staffordshire bull terrier on board for a weekend,now if i wanted a guard dog id get one of them,not too big and id hate to see what those jaws do to an arm
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Old 06-01-2010, 17:08   #93
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LOL, I don't know if I would take a dog to a restaurant even if it was allowed but I was curious since I never really traveled with one. I do remember how suprised I was in France where I saw a very well behaved dog dining with his/her owner.
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Old 30-01-2010, 19:36   #94
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Zenne, our 4 yr old Schipperke, send you her regards On which ocean are you sailing at the moment?


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I'd say any good boat dog needs some skills;


Can he intimidate a rat?


Does he bark at other boats that I can only see on radar?


Can he pee off the stern?

Choose wisely & train well, Aythya crew
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Old 01-02-2010, 20:57   #95
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I have owned several dogs and relate well to dogs better in some ways than people. One collie-two great danes-three dobbies one jack russel. What turns me off most about dogs and boats is the need for a responsible owner to walk the dock with little plastic bag in hand. Even more of a downer is finding a little deposit on the dock on my way to boat. If you get a dog are you prepared to any time of day or night do the do-do thing with responsibility.
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I had a liveaboard dog for awhile, an 85lb malamute, it was tough and after a trip with 40knot headwinds and 15ft waves....she wasn't happy away from the dock. I eventually found her a home on a 120 acre horse far where she lived out the remainder of her life in 7th heaven. From what I can see I would want a dog with a big dog attitude in a small package.....border collie comes to mind. Though I think I will replace my dog with someoen who can take the helm and cook (even border collies are smart are not that smart)
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What turns me off most about dogs and boats is the need for a responsible owner to walk the dock with little plastic bag in hand. Even more of a downer is finding a little deposit on the dock on my way to boat. If you get a dog are you prepared to any time of day or night do the do-do thing with responsibility.
That responsibility has nothing to do with keeping a dog on a boat. If you are not walking the docks or up on the marina grounds with your bag then you are walking the sidewalks or thru a park with your bag.

Unless you live in the very rural countryside then a dog and a bag are a match several times a day no matter where you are.

And if you get a dog you need to be prepared night and day no matter where you live.
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A boat dog

This is my nine year old Red/Blue Heeler that is living aboard with me know. I have had him since a pup and he doesnt care as long as he gets to go from the truckbed to the cockpit.

I would not suggest a heeler as a puppy or up till about four y.o. as they are hard headed and active till then. But no better loyal dog bread.
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Old 19-04-2010, 20:46   #99
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Just look at our puppy the first time he came onto our boat and tell me he is too much responsibility because of the need to pick up after him...

The other picture is the puppy and his grandmother. Both are our canine crew right now. We're anchored tonight off the Amelia River in Fernandina Beach, FL.
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For anyone considering a dog, this dog is great. She is NOT a poodle, she is a Bichon Frise . She is a nice compact dog with tons of personality. Generally Bichons arent little barky snappy dogs like a lot of small dog. They dont shed which is a BIG advantage on a boat. They also LOVE the water. Ask anyone that has Bichon and they will tell you...they are great!




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Poodles do not make a good watch dog. They are too friendly.
Now I am guessing you are mixing up the idea of a Watch Dog vs a Guard Dog.

I have two poodles and know of a dozen others. Very friendly indeed.

However nearly all of them bark non stop whenever anyone comes towards the house. When I open the door they proceed to make friends.

Thats a Watch Dog.

But locking my dogs in a Car Yard after hours would deter only the dumbest of thieves. They are no Guard Dogs

I'd love to take mine cruising. The eldest would be happy. She just needs to be where I am and loves the water.

But the youngest is dumb. Plus she has just three legs. I can see her jumping off the boat then swimming in circles....

I always wonder how the dogs go being housetrained on a small vessel ... I will read through this long thread with interest.

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That responsibility has nothing to do with keeping a dog on a boat. If you are not walking the docks or up on the marina grounds with your bag then you are walking the sidewalks or thru a park with your bag.

Unless you live in the very rural countryside then a dog and a bag are a match several times a day no matter where you are.

And if you get a dog you need to be prepared night and day no matter where you live.
For some reason liveaboards know how to do just about *everything* more responsibly than weekend boaters....not just tending to their dogs
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I have really enjoyed reading this thread, and I keep checking back for new posts. I'm picking up a puppy in the middle of May, and my plan is to see if he'll become my cruising companion this summer, as I head out to northern Maine, maybe Nova Scotia. I learned about the AstroTurf on the foredeck trick, and I'm ready to try it. My hope is he'll love the boat, the water and the wind as much as I do. And I'm okay with the walks and the bags, and the shuttling back and forth in the dinghy to get his paws on dry land.
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I learned about the AstroTurf on the foredeck trick, and I'm ready to try it.
Please read this article:
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There's more to it than just putting down astroturf to guarantee success. We've had more than 50 people write to us to tell us that the technique worked for their dogs. It is especially effective with puppies.
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Thanks, Jeff! VERY good info in that!
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