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Old 12-23-2015, 10:39 PM   #21
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Old 12-25-2015, 08:49 PM   #22
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John, if you can, train your lab with the ramp in his regular environment before going to the boat. (Can't remember if you live aboard, sorry) We bought a ramp before we closed on the new boat and trained Bimini using the deck, front porch stoop, off the truck, etc. so when we asked her to cross the water dock to boat she didn't even question us. That telescoping one is awesome, that's what we got.
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John, if you can, train your lab with the ramp in his regular environment before going to the boat. (Can't remember if you live aboard, sorry) We bought a ramp before we closed on the new boat and trained Bimini using the deck, front porch stoop, off the truck, etc. so when we asked her to cross the water dock to boat she didn't even question us. That telescoping one is awesome, that's what we got.
Thanks, Bess. I am not a liveaboard these days, although I used to be. So will most definitely take your suggestions and get him used to it at home first. Thanks again.
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Have you considered a sling (for the dog) and a hoist? Just throwing that out there.
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One boat has a brand new swim platform,(aka here, a duckboard). A Meridian owner lays a bread trail to attract the ducks to the new board where the ducks do what they do. Owner of the new swim platform retaliates with a trail of bread on the Meridian, leading right inside through the transom door the owner left open after retiring a little "tired and emotional". The ducks follow the bread trail, next morning I see a frantic incontinent duck inside the Meridian furiously flapping its considerable wingspan at the clears trying to get out.
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One boat has a brand new swim platform,(aka here, a duckboard). A Meridian owner lays a bread trail to attract the ducks to the new board where the ducks do what they do. Owner of the new swim platform retaliates with a trail of bread on the Meridian, leading right inside through the transom door the owner left open after retiring a little "tired and emotional". The ducks follow the bread trail, next morning I see a frantic incontinent duck inside the Meridian furiously flapping its considerable wingspan at the clears trying to get out.
So . . . Bruce . . . you are hijacking my thread??? :-) (Merry Christmas by the way).
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Old 12-26-2015, 07:06 PM   #28
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And as both the owner (?) of the thread, and a mod, I am going to close it. Got all the info I need.
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Depending on the incline, width and stability, the dog may be find going up but reluctant to come back down. Walls (solid) on the sides may make the dog more comfortable.
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