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Old 29 March 2015, 03:19   #1
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How to get the dog back onboard

The dog swims to shore to pee, not very clever but that's the way she wants it.
Getting back in is a big problem. She cannot cope with the ladder and tries to climb up the large Yamaha....
I promised both my wife and the dog to find a solution but that's not so easy as there is not much room at the transom and whatever I install must be removable or swing upward because of the engine.

Did anyone encounter the same problem and found a solution?
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Old 29 March 2015, 03:26   #2
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Bungee a boogie board to the ladder so it becomes a floating platform
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Old 29 March 2015, 04:06   #3
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Some people with dogs that like to swim far from shore use "dog life jackets" these have a "handle" on them so you can lift them in (unless its a St Bernard!).
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Old 29 March 2015, 05:28   #4
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Some people with dogs that like to swim far from shore use "dog life jackets" these have a "handle" on them so you can lift them in (unless its a St Bernard!).
That's the way we do it now, but the dog (junkyard terrier) doesn't come straight back when she smells deer or a sheep, so most of the time we go with her to the shore to search and yell. Once she decides to return to the RIB she swims much faster than we possibly can, so when we are halfway the dog already fights to climb back in.
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My late uncles dog wouldn't go to toilet aboard his yacht (more of an issue than a rib), so she used to have a patch of AstroTurf which used to get rinsed off in the sea.... Handy if you wanted to practice your putting too I guess

Doesn't help getting her back aboard, but may avoid the swim ashore in the first place
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Old 29 March 2015, 10:45   #6
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From looking at all the options for a magazine review (dogs in the outdoors is what I "do" for a job) I'd recommend one of these:

Petfloat | Crewsaver

And as modelled by my Jess below.

Recommendation for this one being:

1 - Well made (and hence not the cheapest)

2 - Pocket for lead and poo bags so no embarrassment if the enviable happens at a marina etc

3 - Eyehole for attaching lead to pet float

4 - And most of all, handle for dog recovery - just pick up like a bag.


And to be honest I'd really not like to see a dog on a boat without one, especially something like a RIB and if planing too. All too easy to lose them and shouting instructions on what to do when overboard doesn't work that well. Plus dogs can't respond to a "hang on" shout, and it helps to keep them warm if need be esp when planing etc.

And in my view helps to avoid human injuries etc that can arise when responding to / looking for a dog that's gone overboard. Just as the CG will go looking for dogs over cliffs as the situation can so easily end up with human fatalities...'cos we love our dogs :o)


Indeed, standing (and true) joke here that Jess got her Pet float before I bought the LJ for my partner!

Hope this helps

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From looking at all the options for a magazine review (dogs in the outdoors is what I "do" for a job) I'd recommend one of these:

Petfloat | Crewsaver

And as modelled by my Jess below.

Recommendation for this one being:

1 - Well made (and hence not the cheapest)

2 - Pocket for lead and poo bags so no embarrassment if the enviable happens at a marina etc

3 - Eyehole for attaching lead to pet float

4 - And most of all, handle for dog recovery - just pick up like a bag.


And to be honest I'd really not like to see a dog on a boat without one, especially something like a RIB and if planing too. All too easy to lose them and shouting instructions on what to do when overboard doesn't work that well. Plus dogs can't respond to a "hang on" shout, and it helps to keep them warm if need be esp when planing etc.

And in my view helps to avoid human injuries etc that can arise when responding to / looking for a dog that's gone overboard. Just as the CG will go looking for dogs over cliffs as the situation can so easily end up with human fatalities...'cos we love our dogs :o)


Indeed, standing (and true) joke here that Jess got her Pet float before I bought the LJ for my partner!

Hope this helps

Steve
We have the same jacket for the same reason. I didn't fancy hauling a 30kg wet struggling Lab into the boat, without something to grab hold of that wouldn't result in a vet bill.
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We have the same jacket for the same reason. I didn't fancy hauling a 30kg wet struggling Lab into the boat, without something to grab hold of that wouldn't result in a vet bill.

30kg Lab you want to try pulling out a 40+kg Lab dog who just wants to swim all bloody day!! That's why we also have the same.


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I'll be getting the pup one too once he's grown enough to know what size he needs.

At the moment he's got a cheapie, because it'll need changing soon.
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Nice to be flushing all the dog lovers out of the woodwork :o)

Maybe we need a "show us your dog on your RIB" thread then.....?
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