Getting Dog on the boat?

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  1. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Thanks for the input guys! I’m going to take the wait and see approach, and if there is a problem I’m going to go with a foldable ramp like Tom and GFC posted. They look like good choices.
    The port side of my boat sits about 14” from my fixed bulkhead.
    Having him jump down on to the swim platform during high tide will at the very least require a piece of carpet or something to keep him from sliding in to the water.
    Access during low tide will mean jumping up on to the gunwale and I just fear he will hurdle all the way over in to the cockpit and hurt himself.
    But, he’s pretty smart and I’ll give him a try in April.
  2. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    My guy is a dead ringer for your Luke!
    Look closely at the markings and coloring.

    Last edited: Jan 5, 2021
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  3. Third Edition

    Third Edition Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 9, 2017
    NE Florida
    360 Sundancer 2002
    T-8.1L V-drives
    Trust the Force, Luke.
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  4. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    This is all very encouraging. Having some anxiety about balancing a dog and getting my boating time in and glad to see some are able to pull it off with bigger dogs.
    I vacuum the boat frequently anyway, so I’m very willing to put up with the shedding.
    Having grown up with a German Shepherd, I knew that shedding is part of the deal.
    I got him on 12/19 through a local rescue that works with a network of people down in North Carolina.
    This dog (his name is now Mike) showed up on one of the North Carolina rescue lady’s doorstep in early December.
    She thinks a car pulled up, let him out the door, and then took off on him.
    They brought him to a Vet down there to bring him up to date on his shots, etc., and then put him on the website.
    We picked him up directly from the transport van early on the morning of 12/19 and got him started with a local Vet first thing Monday 12/21, including a much needed bath. All those hours in a crate in that van along with about a dozen other dogs left him pretty raunchy smelling.
    He seemed to have never been on a leash before when we got him, wasn’t house broken, didn’t know any commands, was food obsessed and jumped all over people and anything else in front of him.
    In just a few short weeks he is really good on a leash (thanks to a training harness and endless hours of walks), is doing really well with the house breaking, knows sit & stay as long as there are no distractions, let’s us eat a meal in peace when we are at our table, and pretty much understands that jumping on people, counters and furniture is not a good thing,
    The one and only thing he was good at when we got him was sleeping in his crate at night, so he has obviously spent a good portion of his young life in a crate.
    We got him a crate to sleep in at the foot of our bed and he seems to love it.
    The Vet estimates him to be at least 12 months, but probably no more than 18 months old because he seems very young.
    Looking in to getting him some pro training through a retired K9 handler I worked with in the PD for many years.
    Unfortunately, my former co-worker can’t take it on because he works so many hours and travels with his new career, turns out his new employer has hundreds of working dogs around the country and he is one of the main trainers/handlers for the company, but he has given me the number of another retired K9 handler he knows from our old job that runs a training business.
    Mike still has some separation anxiety, and it’s difficult to teach him to lay down because as soon as I have him sit, and approach him, he goes down on his back and submits.
    Not sure if that means he was swatted around a bit or not, but a little professional help certainly can’t hurt.
  5. mdolesh

    mdolesh Active Member

    Dec 18, 2019
    Edgewater, MD
    2013 370 Venture
    Twin 300 Verado
    +1 here. We have the exact same ramp and its great
  6. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    He does look like Luke!! Lukey was fully-trained by the time I met him.

    Jade, not so much. This is her 3rd home, and I got her at 10 months. She's dog-reactive. The shelter told me that her first family had dogs that attacked her, and they gave her to friends who couldn't keep her. We said "be nice" once in her first few months, and her reaction broke my heart. I'd bet some serious money that those words were regularly spoken during abuse.

    We've had 3 trainers. That field attracts weirdos! The first was ok, but she didn't quite have what it takes. The second subscribed to the "alpha" theories. I didn't know at the time that those have largely been debunked, but I could tell that progress was too slow and he was an ass to work with. Our successful trainer is positive/reward based, and has made all the difference. The concepts are simple and logical and while Jade will probably always have lingering effects from her past, she's done great and I can't imagine my life without her.
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  7. rutheree

    rutheree New Member

    Mar 3, 2021
    none yet
    none yet
    It is so cute. I always wanted a dog but my parents can't afford it because they said we won't be able to keep him in the apartment and it will be hard. We have argued many times on this subject and I have exposed them as I see things, but it does not make sense because every time they insist only on their opinion. Just the other day I found an article about the English lab and the pictures there were so cute that I started to want a dog even harder. If you want to see those cute little ones, find more on this site.
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  8. RutgersAl

    RutgersAl Member

    Jun 16, 2020
    Turns out, there’s a whole blog on this topic:
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  9. RBB

    RBB Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 18, 2019
    2006 44DB
    2019 Sea Doo GTX 155
    Pelican Kayak
    2004 390 MY Sold
    Cummins QSC 500
    You have to be the Alpha to your dog, that dosen't require brutal treatment at all.
    Its as simple as he never enters a door in front of you. Being the Top Dog (Alpha)
    just means he see's you as the leader, thats a must for a German Shephard.
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  10. BEH

    BEH Active Member

    Oct 8, 2018
    Lake Simcoe, Lake Nippissing & French River
    1990 20’ BR, Humminbird Helix 5, 3K Lb Trailer
    4.3 Mercruiser
    2C243335-4C7E-4A86-B307-F4714D928255.jpeg Couple of things. we had a Black Lab that could climb up the ladder onto the swim platform on our 20’ Cruisers Inc.
    We had to lift her over the transom into the boat.
    Everyone was amazed.
    Yesterday we lost our 12 year old Golden due to cancer.
    Couldn’t keep him out of the water but had to haul him into our 20’ Sea Ray.
    Looking for a rescue dog, hopefully a Lab mix.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2021
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  11. Steve S

    Steve S Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    I normally back in my 400DB with a port finger pier. My daughter has a one year old black Siberian Husky and he easily gets on or off the boat over the gunwale especially when she says "Come on Jett" (Code for walk). We went up to Milwaukee and had a starboard finger pier. My daughter left the dog in the cabin and we were sitting up on the bridge. My grandson opened the salon door to bring Jett up to the bridge and said "Come on Jett" and Jett promptly leapt over the port side gunwale and realized in mid jump that there was no dock, only water... sploosh! He figured out how to swim very quickly....
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  12. RBB

    RBB Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 18, 2019
    2006 44DB
    2019 Sea Doo GTX 155
    Pelican Kayak
    2004 390 MY Sold
    Cummins QSC 500
    My Auzzie goes everywhere I go. He rides in the back of a Ford crewcab in the back floor seats folded up. I had bought a Yeti cooler for the boat. His key word is to load,
    well he bailed in and rolled back out after thumping the cooler I forgot about. Now he looks before leaping in.
  13. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    12" Axiom and 9" Axiom+ MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    One thing is have a back up in case he "misses". I have one of these on our dog unless we are locked in the cabin for the nite. If the dog "misses" you have something to grab and get him back aboard. Dogs can and do drown if they get tired. These come in various sizes and some are insulated if that water is cold.


    Our dog has ended up in the water at unplanned times, and as a Goldendoodle, she swims life a fish.

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2021
  14. MattB92

    MattB92 Active Member

    Nov 9, 2019
    Barrie, Ontario
    1994 Sundancer 270
    7.4 w/Bravo II
    Sorry for your loss :( What a beautiful dog
  15. BEH

    BEH Active Member

    Oct 8, 2018
    Lake Simcoe, Lake Nippissing & French River
    1990 20’ BR, Humminbird Helix 5, 3K Lb Trailer
    4.3 Mercruiser
    We also had to use a life jacket when our Golden was young.
    Mainly to make him visible to fishermen. 150C9EE1-A2EF-4CA7-A61F-6A51ACF1B072.jpeg
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  16. HawkX66

    HawkX66 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2020
    SE Virginia and NH
    "Tread Knot"
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290DA

    2020 F350 6.7L
    454 L29 Carb w/ Bravo III
    I'm sorry to hear that. We lost our Golden at 13 four years ago. It was a hard loss, but we couldn't have asked for him to go any easier. He fell asleep on our porch and just didn't wake up. We finally rescued another dog last year.

  17. todd choops

    todd choops Member

    Apr 13, 2012
    North Tonawanda
    2003 360 sundancer 2005 390 sundancer 2006 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummings QSC 500
    7FC6F0A9-C1B6-48B3-9063-FD979577B434.jpeg F564BE93-097A-4408-A37A-70B0D37EBB7F.jpeg Are Bulldogs have been boating since they were puppies and they manage to get on and off
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