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    Dogs in Boats

    I know there are plenty of folks who bring their dogs out in the boat, I would love to bring mine but I am scared to death of the probable damage he would cause. My dog is a 93lb Weimaraner, and I can only imagine what those bear claws would do to gelcoat and seats. I am thinkning of getting him some dog boots (which I am certain he will just love!). This dog is smarter than I, and he would learn very fast to not step on the seats and use the step only. In the meantime, dog boots are my only thought. Any other proven strategies? Also, this dog (like many others), when doing anything remotely exciting, has to drop a load, so I am thinking drop cloth and boots. Can you imagine seeing this setup at the ramp?

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    You can either:
    A) Not worry about it
    B) leave the dog
    C) Get something else to worry about

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    Quote Originally Posted by catjuggin View Post
    You can either:
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    B) leave the dog
    C) Get something else to worry about
    Or "D" don't reply if you have nothing of value to add.

    You should have picked D

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    Wish I could take my dog, he is an AZZHAT and would run away or jump off! ^^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzngmarine View Post
    Wish I could take my dog, he is an AZZHAT and would run away or jump off! ^^^^^
    Same! Typical lab
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    If the nails aren't sharp, I don't see what the damage would be done by a dog stepping on a seat. I would be more worried about the dog getting stuck with a hook or getting tangled up in my rods-not the damage the dog would do to my boat.

    (You would look more foolish than the dog if you were seen with booties on your dog....)

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    mine, freaked out at sound of motor and bit the cowling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HellaBass View Post
    mine, freaked out at sound of motor and bit the cowling!

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    Mine do pretty well in the boat, but never had them out when fishing. Always afraid of hooking one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HellaBass View Post
    mine, freaked out at sound of motor and bit the cowling!

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    I'm lucky...both my dogs love the boat and are really well-behaved while in it.

    Oliver in boat.jpg Oliver asleep in boat.jpg This is Oliver. I need to find pics of Elizabeth in the boat.

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    Mine falls into the lake pretty much every trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Cullum View Post
    Or "D" don't reply if you have nothing of value to add.

    You should have picked D

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Cullum View Post
    Or "D" don't reply if you have nothing of value to add.

    You should have picked D
    I think he was trying to say, "quit being so anal and just take the dog fishing."
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    My lab loves a day on the boat. She is a retriver so naturally she wants to fetch every cast I make. It takes positive reinforcement training and preparation but is certainly achievable with just about any dog. Weimaraners are a high strung bred. I would start by tiring her out with proper excercise before I began on boat training. Also dont feed her so you can use treats as a reward. A partner or a shock collar will help greatly too. Good luck and take lots of pics for us to see! Forgot to mention that a life jacket for your dog will make life easier when pulling her back into the boat from the water and also keeps them from fatiguing while swimming
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lea View Post
    I'm lucky...both my dogs love the boat and are really well-behaved while in it.

    Oliver in boat.jpg Oliver asleep in boat.jpg This is Oliver. I need to find pics of Elizabeth in the boat.
    Looks like you have him on a leash, does he jump out? I would think that if you started them from a pup, they would be use to and trained to to boat noises and etc.

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    Mine hasnt scratched the gel coat or torn seats in either of my boats.
    fwiw, hes a 85lb Golden Retriever.



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    I'd probably leave that dog at home.

    Mine is a housebroken house dog, and knows not to do his business on any carpet. So far I've never had to clean up a mess, and he tells me when it's time to hit the bank. He's also about 20 lbs, doesn't shed, and his nails are maintained at short length so scratching stuff isn't an issue. I do have to be mindful about leaving rods on the deck that have treble hooks tied on. He's a great fishing buddy and never complains, and if I do leave him home he acts depressed about it for a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StratosBrad View Post
    Mine hasnt scratched the gel coat or torn seats in either of my boats.
    fwiw, hes a 85lb Golden Retriever.


    Hey Brad where have you been!! Nice dogs.

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