My girl started sailing at 4, she is now 10 and is a liveaboard
, local cruising Collie, 65lbs. My suggestions: 1) Buy a folding doggie ramp
. You can find used.
that you can carry her in, or hoist her in. 3) Add netting around your lifelines
. 4) Going potty. Find a flat spot on the boat
to teach her to do her business. My girl likes the flush deck
foredeck. She didn't need the faux grass since I taught her to pee there. Gather some of her pee and apply it there. I squatted in walking circled and made psss, psss noises while telling her to do her business. It worked. Going in the cockpit
is the safest, however, she has yet to go underway so there is no safety
issue with the foredeck.
: I have an open, sugar scoop transom. Its fabulous, she can actually hop in the dinghy
from it. If I had a high freeboard boat
and no open transom I would use that ramp
. That ramp also, if long enough, could be her way up and down the ladder. One could also do a block and tackle house using the boom (just ensure that pfd
wont hurt her while doing that).
Staying calm with her while underway will ease her anxiety. She likes staying in the aft cabin
berth, when below. On deck
she always does best in the cockpit
, assisting at the helm
Others here have made the good suggestion to buy anti-anxiety meds from the vet for passages.
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