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Old 07-11-2013, 11:44 PM   #201
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Dave, we have a Sundeck and an 80-pound lab. Things I have tried:
1. Pulling him like luggage in a dog life-vest
2. Pulling him like luggage in a throw cushion (with straps)
3. Pulling up to the side of the cabin in the dinghy and he jumps. (he's good)
4. Carrying him under my arm up the back ladder (bad idea.)

Things I have not yet tried:
1. Making a specialty harness that is better than dog life-vest
2. Making or getting a ladder that reaches the sundeck diagonally.
3. Making or getting a ladder that reaches the side of the boat in the same manner.

We love our boat, but some days we think about a trunk cabin or Europa style. But for now I am doing 80-pound dead-lifts.

we are facing the same issues... Heidi our lab was very boat happy, Montana our Anatolian Sheppard rescue not so much.. she quivers in the shower in the aft cabin while under way... happy at the dock but no clue how to get her from the sundeck to the swim platform.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:07 AM   #202
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Yep. We take our duck everywhere...
That looks like a pretty old pic of Matty

I'll never forget two things about last weekend, Ben. One is watching Marley follow you around on the SUP. Then, and the most special one, was watching him endlessly bellyflop off your swim platform... see you push him back up on it just to have him shake off and do it again! Priceless.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:21 PM   #203
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How about potty time? How have you trained and where?
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My Skipper is trained to use the swim platform. She used to think the dinghy was "outside" if you get my drift? That got old the first time. That's why I taught her to use the swim deck. It's easy to wash off and works -- at least for us.

I wrote an article on my website about it a while back:
Janice142 article Pet Poop Primer (it's not horrid!)

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Hope the article gives you some ideas jbowlby
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:35 AM   #206
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It ain't rocket science. Put out a mat, point to it and and tell them "potty". They aren't stupid. You just need to hold out longer than they do - in my case it was 48 hours!

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They aren't stupid. You just need to hold out longer than they do - in my case it was 48 hours!

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Old 08-11-2015, 11:07 PM   #208
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We've had two dogs of the same breed since acquiring our PNW cabin cruiser in 1998, and for two years we had both of them together. We never discouraged them from relieving themselves on deck. The dogs have had no real qualms about this but they've both preferred to go to shore, mainly because it means playtime. The breed loves the water and so the shore trips are a great way to get them exercise doing what they really enjoy doing which is retrieving from the water. And it gives us a chance to get some exerciser, too.

We take the dog ashore at least three times a day, the last run in being about 9 pm.

RJ was introduced to the cabin cruiser about halfway through his life. Albi's first trip on the boat was when he was nine weeks old. When Albi was still just a puppy we were on our way back to Bellingham and he needed to pee. So I took him out on deck and he lifted his leg (he learned to do this the day we first got him home by watching RJ) against the side of the forecabin.

I had my back to the bow watching him when I heard this huge roar behind me. I turned around to see one of Customs and Immigration's big gray, triple-outboard SAFE boats doing a powered 180 off our bow and heading away. The entire crew was laughing.

My wife, who wsa driving, told me that the boat had come speeding toward us with its light flashing, presumably to board us or whatever. But when they got right up to us they saw Albi peeing against the cabin and they burst out laughing, waved at my wife, spun the boat around, and roared off. I guess they figured that anyone who was carefully monitoring a puppy peeing on their boat was probably a law-abiding citizen.

First photo is Albi at eight weeks, last photo is Albi a couple of years ago.
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Haven't posted to this thread for a while...

We still have 3 dogs on our 30' boat, and they don't 'go' on the deck. One reason may be that the bigger one is 130 pounds, and nobody wants to deal with that kind of a mess. The other reason is that we spend lots of time ashore anyway, checking out beaches, creeks, forests, etc, for photographic opportunities.
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Golden Doodle?
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