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here's a question

By 8/09/2010


brian meares and i are going to rent a sailboat for our 5 year anniv. in october and cruise to the outerbanks. we want to take rowdy.
anyone have any experience with dogs on long boat trips? need to figure out bathroom situation... and any advice would be appreciated!

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  1. http://www.google.com/search?q=taking+a+dog+on+a+sailboat&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

    http://www.sailnet.com/forums/cruising-liveaboard-forum/3520-dogs-sailboats-long-question.html

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  2. My boyfriend's mother lives at the beach, in a gated community where there's a marina. She's in a house, but there are people who live on their boats there. The one person we know to have a dog on their boat full time has a little grass patch on the deck where the little guy goes to potty. It's kind of cute!

    They have a Pomeranian, though...I doubt it needs too, too many long walks.

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  3. get him a life jacket of course, even if he's a swimmer. I picked mine up at petsmart. He could slip off easily without you knowing. My bishon/poodle has a tiny bladder and seperation anexiety, that combo means she has to be crated when i leave the house. I've just recently started confining her to a large bathroom with pee pads for when i'm going to be gone for more than a couple of hours, she took to it instantly. Even if you dont crate rowdy, could maybe try confining him to a bathroom with a pee pad for half a day or so, see if you can get him to take to it. But you'd still have the smelly pads to contend with. You might try one of those fake grass pee pad things. Frontgate sells an expensive version but i just saw them at my local rite aid for under $50. That would be ideal for a boat because you just hose it off, nothing to throw away. And i'd visit the vet and get stocked up on a little medicine cabinet for him, see what he reccomends for nausea, diareah, constipation, baby thermometer and some pedialyte is good if he gets dehydrated (as he might if he gets sea sick and looses his lunch) And i dont go anywhere without the tablet form of benedryl. My girl is 16# and she takes half a tablet....great for minor dog ailments like itchy skin, runny noses, i even give it to her for long car rides because it makes her drowsy. Oh.....and they make sunscreen for dogs now! I just read an article about how dogs can and do indeed get sunburned, although more of an issue for light colored dogs i think. Have fun!

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  4. We used to take my dog out on the boat for weekend long camping trips. They don't generally like to go to the bathroom anywhere but land, in my experience. They do look adorable in life jackets though!

    I really enjoy reading your blog for the variety....thanks for sharing.

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  5. aw. I used to have a puppy on a sailboat. (nostalgia is bittersweet)

    poop on the deck = no biggggsss. gotta make sure rowdy is okay with it so he doesn't hurt himself trying to keep you happy by holding till emergent.
    in which case the fake grassy patch could come in handy (easy enough to clean in the water). introduce it to him before the boat if there is time.

    sounds like a great anniversary. have fun.
    love
    Betsy

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  6. my boyfriend lives on his sailboat with his dog - he takes the dog to a little island to go potty. if he's making a jump and is out to sea for a long time the dog has to go on the "poop deck" and he hoses it off.

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  7. You should look at the Knotty Cat Tales blog. She has been living with her husband, cat, and pitbull puppy on a houseboat, and she gives a lot of detailed information (plus I think her stories are really funny).

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  8. I forgot to include the link: http://knottycattales.blogspot.com/

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  9. Our labradoodle went on the Hobie Cat last weekend for the first time and when he peed, he straddled one of the hulls and peed in the water!!! Instinct? smart dog? who knows, but he knew where to go

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  10. There are a few factors that should be considered when taking a dog out on the water for an extended amount of time. How large is the boat you will be traveling on? How long will you be out on the water without touching down on land? How does your dog react to being out on the water? If the boat is too small, he may not use the bathroom at all.

    Luke | Lavenders Contracting Ltd

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