Originally Posted by Celestialsailor
I might suggest taking the dog to shore to pee on some grass, then rub the astro turf in it and take it back to the boat and see if that works.
We have had a fairly lengthy process with our pup to achieve "going" onboard.
First, we created a small yard from 6 one metre panels
of light steel
mesh - the lightest that will support itself - linked with fencing rings or ties. This folds up flat. Connect into a hexagon with a clip or two. We placed a piece of fake grass that filled the yard. Put this in the shore or on a grassy area where she is usually happy to go. Place a few pieces of sod on the fake grass.
Give command - wait. If nothing after 10 minutes, back to the boat. Try again. They will eventually go on the grass because it will be the better option. Provide a small pole if you have a male. Provide her scent too.
When you have success be ready with a good chunk of roast chicken, lots of fuss and then a game
or walk. When you have repeated success reduce the yard size by one panel (now a pentagon shape). Continue until you have only 4 panels
, a one metre square piece of grass and success without the sod - just the fake grass.
Then move that square of grass to your boat with the fence if you have room. This all took several weeks.
We found that our pup has a routine she likes now. We take her to the grass on her lead, walk her over from the same side every time, then back around in a circle and she will go on the second pass if she needs to. Throwing a bucket of seawater on the grass has prompted her to go a couple of times. She will now take herself to the grass which has been a huge relief for all concerned.
Be patient, reward heaps and offer no other options but these two. It is worth it. Good luck.