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Old 12-21-2011, 07:55 PM   #21
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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.


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Old 12-22-2011, 09:24 AM   #22
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RE: Getting the dog back on board when he jumps off....

The first time little Puff went into the water.

I was sitting at the dock popping shrimp heads and tossing them into the water. Puff sat on the gunwale and barked (She is a pom or*little barking dog)*at every shrimp head I tossed past her. Eventually one came close to her and she snapped at it. Right over the side. I couldn't reach her from the deck so I jumped into the dink. ( an inflatable soft bottom zodiac) when I did this the front of the dink went down and the back came up and down right on top of Puff. when she surfaced she was just out of reach I grabbed the dip net and scooped her up. She was a little wet and cold but no worse for wear. She seems a little more cautious when walking the gunwale now.

This is her spot on the dashboard. sort of like a living bobble head.

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:53 AM   #23
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RE: Getting the dog back on board when he jumps off....

I was part of a near miss rescue of a large (70#+) short haired dog. *He was along with a visiting family and was not wearing so much as a collar went he jumped into the water.*The dog, some sort of lab mix, was relaxed and swimming but could not get out.*We had two adults laying down on the docks looking for any grabhold and it took about 15 minutes to land the tiring dog. *

Please put a harness on your dog at all times.
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*He was along with a visiting family and was not wearing so much as a collar .....Please put a harness on your dog at all times.
******** Good advice. If he has, at least, a collar, you can hold his head above water until the "crain" gets there.
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Egregious wrote:Attached is a photo of both dogs in their natural habitat, low country SC.
*Woody,

Are your Boykins from Pat Watts in Leesville*SC?
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