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Old 03 October 2007, 04:05   #1
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The other half is looking to give a home to a dog that needs one urgent or its the big kennel in the sky . The dog is a small terrier. What advice can anyone give about boating in a RIB with a small dog aged eight ish? I have seen some life jackets for pets so one of them will be on the list for a start.
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Old 03 October 2007, 04:51   #2
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We've taken Skyla, our Sheltie on various trips on "Cowal". She loves being with us on the boat, and sulks if she can't come

She wears a medium size pet life jacket, which has a lifting loop and D-ring built in. We loop her lead through a seat back, then clip it on to the D-ring. (The connecting clip should, I hope, break away if the boat went over - but I wouldn't want her [or us] out there if it's that bad!) She normally tucks herself in between the seat pods and watches the world go by. If it gets a bit lively she tends to lean against one of us - a hint to take it easy.

She's a 'clean' dog - let's us know when she needs a pee etc, but accidents can happen. Take a bucket and a brush for cleaning up.

Take some drinking water for it, and a snack if it's a longer trip.

Thing about getting on and off the boat: can you carry the dog up a ladder? Will it let you carry it up a ladder?

The most important thing is: Will the dog enjoy it? If not, please don't take it with you. If it does (and I've never yet met a terrier without a sense of adventure ), you won't be able to stop it!
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Be really careful about having the dog leap off at random times; I had a friends dog on board who used to try to play with the sea lions and otters, usually when we were at about 25 knots.

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Thanks for the information and tips i understand the dog has been on boats and liked it.
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Good for you.

Most dogs love the sea and boats. I love seeing them when they come into the harbour - you would swear the dog is the owner and the people are just the deckhands!!!
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Most dogs love the sea and boats. I love seeing them when they come into the harbour - you would swear the dog is the owner and the people are just the deckhands!!!
she can the fees then
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A few pics of my boating buddy. At 105 lbs he can be a problem to get back on board.
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LL;

Someone was marketing a ramp that could be deployed (I don't recall details, but supposedly compact storage was one of the features); it allowed a dog (or child, I suppose) to walk up the ramp to reboard the boat.

I think it was intended for lake use (calm waters), but you might want to look into that, or design your own similar system.

105lbs of wet dog is a surefire road to chronic lower back pain.


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Thanks jya
Yes I have seen those and they have given ideas to design my own. he is very well trained BUT, if a duck or seagull swims by then he is going after it no matter what. What else would expect from a labrador?
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I heard of someone who owned a super Yacht that had a new retractable ladder/pontoon made just because his dog slipped and hurt itself when climbing the old ladder with wet paws.

Cost....25000
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