Getting the dog back on board when he jumps off....
We keep a harness on both dogs at all times while on the boat or on the dock.* Our young one likes to fall in quite often or just jump in for no reason so the harness is like a handle and you can yank him out pretty easily from a floaging dock.* In theory*you can use a boat hook to do this from higher up, so this is why we keep the harnesses on.* We tried the doggie PFDs but they just tear or bite them off.
I do have a story that might be helpful.* We were recently in a marina that had a big current, and reeds and other debris would collect on the upstream side of the floating docks.* To a dog, this debris looks like solid ground.* Our young one tried to retrieve a marsh mellow (I'm not making this up) from the pile of reeds that had collected in an upstream facing boat slip and of course fell right in.* He swam for maybe 10 minutes before I noticed he was missing and luckily I found him there.* And boy was he proud of himself!* The locals told us we were lucky an alligator didn't eat him and this has been reinforced by everyone who knows of this place and has heard the story.
What I mean by this is, the docks can be just as dangerous to pets as the boat.* Keep tabs on them at all times.
Attached is a photo of both dogs in their natural habitat, low country SC.
-- Edited by Egregious on Wednesday 21st of December 2011 09:02:02 PM