I plan on taking my goldendoodle on a powerboat for the weekend, any tips to get the dog used to the size or rocking?
It's a 40 ft searay powerboat and it will be docked for the first night.
on May 25th 2012
in Other Travel & Recreation
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First and foremost a doggie life jacket would be a good and safe idea. They make them in different sizes. A dog can swim, yes but it is safer to jacket them because it keeps him buoyant should he tire or swallow water etc. Make sure you supply him with plenty of water too.
Good luck and happy boating.
Maxi answered on 5/25/12. Helpful? / 0
Seasick should be an issue especially on a Searay. Start it off slow, give your dog a lot of treats for standing near the boat. Then get him on the boat and give him a lot of treats. Take him off the boat and give him treats so he knows he's not trapped on the boat.
Turn the boat on so he get's used to the sound and smells that humans can't sense. Give him lots of treats during this. Start your boat off slowly, almost at an idle. Make sure he still knows he can get off the boat and it's not a trap by going back to shore within 5-10min.
Honestly, if it stresses him out too much, maybe he should stay on land. Especially if training sounds too tedious.
Hopefully he's a natural and doesn't care.
Javi answered on 7/16/12. Helpful? / 0