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Old 01-23-2013, 12:15 PM   #141
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Awwww.....Any particular breed? In response to Mr. Marin's comment regarding canines not liking the smell of poop. Well, I've witnessed coprophagy numerous times. Just sayin' Mr. Marin.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #142
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Awwww.....Any particular breed? In response to Mr. Marin's comment regarding canines not liking the smell of poop. Well, I've witnessed coprophagy numerous times. Just sayin' Mr. Marin.
Not to mention where dogs put their noses anytime they meet one another . . .

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Old 01-23-2013, 02:59 PM   #143
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He's supposed to get to be 25-30lbs so should be manageable

The breed of dog we've had for decades now averages 40 to 50 pounds and they have all been very manageable on our boat. We lift them from the aft deck down to the dinghy and back up the same way and have had no problems at all with this. Your 25-30 pound dog will fit very well into the "boating thing." Congratulations. We've found that a dog can add a lot to the boating experience of everyone on board.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:06 PM   #144
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Awwww.....Any particular breed? In response to Mr. Marin's comment regarding canines not liking the smell of poop. Well, I've witnessed coprophagy numerous times. Just sayin' Mr. Marin.

Probably should have said "normal dogs." Actually I've read that coprophagy is caused by a deficiency of some sort in the dog's diet or health and they are driven to do this by this deficiency. Don't know if that's a fact, but I've read and heard this from vets for years.

But the poop-repells thing is something I've heard from our vet, other vets, and read in numerous books about dog behavior. So you'll have to take it up with all those folks if you don't agree. I'm just the messenger.

Plus all our dogs including the current one have avoided poop like the plague and have never "gone" where there is other poop, including their own, anywhere near them.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:13 PM   #145
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What about life vests for your dogs... type and cost?
We got our last one from AMazon (or at least from one of the companies which sell through AMazon) for $20 - and that with fluorescent strips, lift handle, leash ring etc. There's really no excuse not to buy them nowadays!
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:24 PM   #146
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We got our last one from AMazon (or at least from one of the companies which sell through AMazon) for $20 - and that with fluorescent strips, lift handle, leash ring etc. There's really no excuse not to buy them nowadays!

We got ours at PetsMart, darned if I can remember the brand. But it wasn't much more than $20-$30. You definitely want one with the handle. I believe the handle is so you can snag it with a boat-hook. But it also works really well as a basic dog handle to pick up the hound to get her on or off the boat, up to the flybridge, etc.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:35 PM   #147
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What about life vests for your dogs... type and cost?
We have two but rarely use them. If you get one, the best ones have some sort of support under the dog's chest. Ours have a heavy mesh panel that goes under the dog. Even though we almost never use them we keep one of them in the main cabin when we're underway so it's easy to get to.

But while we rarely use a vest we always have a strong harness on the dog. This is important because it will minimize the risk of injury and spine damage if you have to lift the dog out of the water.

One reason we rarely use a vest is that we never let the dog out on deck if it's at all rough. Even though our boat has relatively high bulwarks we don't want the boat to lurch the dog off balance to the point where he could go over.

And when we do let the dog out we keep an eye on him. Fortunately both the dogs we've had since getting the GB have tended to go to the foredeck when they're outside, and usually jump up on top of the fore-cabin. So they've been pretty easy to keep an eye on.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #148
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Merlin has an expensive West marine vest, but I've never put it on him. Being part Poodle and part Golden Retriever he floats like a cork and swims like a wakeless snake.


And due to Big Duck's stairs


Merlin comes and goes as he pleases while we're trailering


And makes the round trip ashore and back on his own to go potty at anchor.


He's eventually going to have to learn to go on deck, but so far he's outlasted me.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:31 PM   #149
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Available at marine chandlers, check the catalogues (or as we sometimes say after an advert featuring 2 animated dogs screened years ago,"cattledogs").
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:57 PM   #150
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We have 2 dogs and we liveaboard full time. Both of our dogs have life jackets and they wear them if we let them loose on the boat unsupervised, or when docking. We like the life jackets from PetSmart ( the brand is Outward Hound).

Both of our dogs have fallen off the dock and/or boat at one time or another. Both can swim so that's not the issue. Most dogs that drown on boats do so because they get tired if they can't get aboard or get to shore. So since I haven't been able to train mine to get on the swim platform (which is very high on our boat) they either wear life jackets, or are supervised, or are sometimes tethered when we are docking. If we are outside and the aren't wearing life jackets, we make sure our dogs wear a harness so we could hook them with a boat hook.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:14 PM   #151
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We boat with a Lab and she can outlast each of us. Indeed, sometimes I forget to take her for her "walk." She's a great dog, but she is becoming a bit heavy for us to lift. Not because she has put on weight but because we have lost a lot of muscle. Dogs are a must for us.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:11 PM   #152
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Jeff,

Now that is really cool! Love the steps..
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:12 AM   #153
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A good friends boat dog past away today. Timmy was a beautiful boy and was a friend to all. Was a very sad day for everyone's life Timmy was a part of. From a relatively minor accident, to a tragic ending.

Timmy was out with us all on the boats celebrating Australia Day. Timmy was trying to get from one boat to another. Timmy jumped from the marlin board of one boat to the other, Timmy slipped when he jumped, fell short of the second marlin board slamming into the side of it. The lower half of Timmy was in the water, he was pulled out and was whimpering before loosing consciousness for 10 minutes. Timmy regained consciousness but was not moving. The water police came and took him to the vet but despite rushing him with lights and sirens and providing him oxygen, Timmy's injuries were too severe and unfortunately died on the way. The vet had advised that the impact had ruptured Timmys bladder.

Very sad day for all involved.

Please take care of your boat dogs and don't allow them to jump around on wet surfaces.

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:43 AM   #155
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What a great dog. The only bad thing about a great dog is losing one. So sorry to hear of your loss.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:48 AM   #156
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:21 PM   #157
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Very sad that happened. Condolences...
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They are aways hard to lose. So sorry.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #159
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Vale Timmy. Well done Water Police.
To those following "Medical Emergency While Cruising", the area was anything but remote, but a pet, not a human, received fast medical evacuation and assistance. It says a lot about our emergency services.
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