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Old 04-12-2014, 18:19   #31
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Re: Our recent test trip with our dog.... (the dog loves the boat!)

Kiki drives.

We brought her to the boat the week we got her and it's part of her routine. She gets excited when we say "Do you want to go to the boat?"

We trained her on puppy pads.
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Old 05-12-2014, 16:02   #32
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I started tying a small line from my anchor to a little buoy. It is mainly to keep people from anchoring right on top of my anchor but if your line gets cut this will also make it possible to find it.
That works great in an anchorage, as long as other boaters guess what it represents( I suppose you could felt-pen a little anchor on the buoy). These guys I mentioned are anchouring fifteen to twenty miles off-shore, in 60 to 90 fathoms of water, you would need a pile of heavy-duty buoy-line to retreive that setup !
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:08   #33
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This may be an idiotic question, but I need to ask anyway. Please don't flame me. How do you keep the pooch on the boat when you're in the slip and have to do something where you can't bring him along? Install an invisible fence type system around the deck (would hate locking him up below decks)?
We just shut the door with her inside. Of course she is a small dog.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:10   #34
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I just tell mine to stay.
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Old 06-12-2014, 13:46   #35
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Re: Our recent test trip with our dog.... (the dog loves the boat!)

Glad to hear some positive info about taking the family dog on the family boat.
We will take our dog from Dallas, TX to the BVIs for 2 weeks this holiday season and we are excited about it. My wife has worked very hard to make this happen and we have heard the BVIs and British territories are about the hardest in the Caribbean. All downhill after this.
Just bragging a bit I have included a photo of the dog ladder my son and I built for our boat. It hangs over one of the two swim ladders (we are on a cat). Modeled after a very successful swim ladder we had on a lake houseboat a few years ago. It will be sprayed with truck bed liner and then off to the islands.
Our dog and her people are all happier when we are all together.
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Old 06-12-2014, 14:55   #36
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awesome work.....you may want to market that
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:50   #37
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Thanks for these stories. We are just about to embark on an adventure with our two dogs - they love the boat and are really at home - but we have yet to venture long distances offshore. Any ideas of how to keep them entertained on journeys of more than a couple of days and tips for dealing with import regulations much appreciated. Best wishes. Martin & Dawn (plus Buzz and Bonnie)

You can train them using a clicker to do any number of tricks. Just shape the behaviour and you can end up with a dog that picks up a rope, wraps it around something and pulls it hard. Use your imagination and you can keep a dog busy for a lot of the day in a small space. They are never too old to learn and they love it. Read up on it.


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Hey everyone check out bear bear sailing!
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Re: Our recent test trip with our dog.... (the dog loves the boat!)

Cool bear bear!
Do you have a method to get him out of the water when he falls over? Those dog life jackets have a nice handle on them....
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Cool bear bear!
Do you have a method to get him out of the water when he falls over? Those dog life jackets have a nice handle on them....
We bought the ruff wear life jacket for her with that sturdy handle on top. I use the boat hook to guide her to swim ladder and then help her in

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Thanks for all of the great stories. I can't imagine leaving our furbabies behind when we pull up the anchor.
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Hi All
We have a Lagoon 450 Cat and bought the boat to take our little buddy sailing around SE Asia but have had far too much negative feedback about sailing through Malaysian and Indonesian waters with a dog on board.


His name is Toby hence the boat name of TOT which stands for Toby On Tour.


Can anyone please advise us of the issues and processes required to sail through SE Asia with a dog on board as l know bringing him to Singapore was even not so straight forward.


PS He was born in Australia and is a Spoodle.


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I would not think of sailing without my first mate.......
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Old 15-01-2015, 10:03   #45
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One problem with taking dogs along, especially small dogs is that alligators and possibly other animals see them not as pets but as meals. It wouldn't be a problem if you leave them on board and it wouldn't be a problem in towns and cities as long as you keep them on a leash and away from water. There wouldn't usually be a problem on salt water beaches but our next cruise is planned for Florida's St. Johns River and that's alligator country big time. If we explore by dinghy, the Sea Dog will be confined to the big boat.

The last time we did this cruise, one of the marinas had a resident alligator so we'll have to carry her when on the docks.
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