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Dogs in Dinghies

Osbert Lancaster 2756
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Any advice on introducing dogs to sailing and rowing?

I've got a 3 month old whippet cross puppy, and while whippet's aren't renowned lovers of water or cold, I'd like to be able to take her out with me. In fact, unless I can, my sailing and rowing will be seriously curtailed.

I can't imagine taking her out until the weather is a lot warmer, but it's rarely balmy on the Firth of Forth!

Any advice?

Cheers

Osbert
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
forthsailoar.osbert.org
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Re: Dogs in Dinghies

Tom A
Well, she being just a little whippet of a thing , here's what you need :

http://www.seventhwave.co.nz/about/community/meetthedogs.html

Keep her warm, and she'll be glad to be with you :~)
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Osbert Lancaster 2756
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Nice! Though it's really advise about introducing her successfully to boats that I'm looking for. Buying kit is always relatively straightforward, it's the behavioural issues that will me more important I imagine. Like children and sailing!
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
forthsailoar.osbert.org
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Gerald Turner 2924
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Once the bond of trust exists with you,,she/he will likely follow you anywhere. Once come across a crew of a Tideway 12 ,whilst at the Seafair rally at Pembroke, crewed by a lady Vicar, her friend, and dog. Said dog didn't care much for sailing according to Ms Reverend, but would follow her owner everywhere, on this occasion ,mutt was tucked up in a sailbag under the foredeck looking forlorn.

It depends on the tempament of the dog, if it doesn't, it won't want to!
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Tom A
Gerald is right - You can do your best to make it a positive experience for the dog, but they're all different.
My only experience with dogs and boats was with the 2 little ones we had some years ago.
Pekingeses, if you can believe it !

One of them was the most eager boat dog you can imagine - Paws on the rail, and leaning into the wind all day !
She couldn't get enough of it, would pace back and forth until everything was ready, and then happily jump in.

The other was just the opposite -
She would have to be carried in, and then just hunker down under a seat, waiting for it to be over.
As far as I knew, neither one had ever been exposed to boating, before we had them - Go figure .

However she turns out, just be sure to keep a line fastened to her, especially if she turns out to be an eager one !
DAMHIKT ......
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mike morris 2696
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Hi Osbert,

Very similar situation to yours a couple of years ago with Selma, our Finnish Lapphund puppy, not a waterdog by nature. She is now the Captain of the ship!  Useful suggestions I picked up from the web are:
- get her used to the boat on dry land, throw in treats etc.
- don't pressure her, she will take to it in her own time
-  let her get used to paddling about in the water, throwing ball or stick in water or especially favourite treats.
- to start, just get her in the boat on the water without going anywhere as part of an otherwise enjoyable outing, then build up with gentle outings to, ideally with a personal chaperone/helper  to supervise the new crew member.
- try to have a special place in the boat for her,  possibly using a mat to perch on. Use treats again. Selma now loves sitting up in the bow watching the wildlife, although can turn the boat into a mudbath in seconds. She doesn't like waves but I'm a fair weather boater so it's not a problem.

Cheers,

Mike
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Osbert Lancaster 2756
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Excellent, very helpful many thanks!
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
forthsailoar.osbert.org
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Osbert Lancaster 2756
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No time left like the present! Our morning walk now includes a visit to the boat yard to hunt for biscuits in the boat.

No idea why the picture is upside down.
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
forthsailoar.osbert.org
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mike morris 2696

Looks like fun. It would be good to hear how things progress

Mike

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No time left like the present! Our morning walk now includes a visit to the boat yard to hunt for biscuits in the boat.
"Selkie", a Drake rowing boat by Clint Chase
"Scratch", a Walkabout dinghy by John Welsford
Mainly sailing and rowing on the Firth of Forth
forthsailoar.osbert.org



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Gerald Turner 2924
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Good to see your also getting the dog used to a capsize as well!