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Dogs onboard

Postby Dustoff on Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:56 pm

Our two dogs refused to relieve themselves for a couple of days due to the circumstances. No land available. Launched the dingy, filled it with kelp and returned to the boat. Decks were then covered with the kelp and we went to bed. In the morning there was dog feces everywhere on the kelp! Fiberglass just wasn't going to work for them.
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Re: Dogs onboard

Postby Navigator's Son on Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:41 pm

I might be facing a similar situation if I ever find myself anchoring out away from accessible shoreline. I haven't tried this with my two dogs, but I see pet stores sell a plastic tray with artificial turf rug to cover it. I may have to start experimenting with that around the house to see if I can get my pups to break it in as a just on case for the boat. ... lsrc=aw.ds
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Re: Dogs onboard

Postby JamesTXSD on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:39 pm

Pretty ingenious solution! I know that can be a real issue for those who travel with dogs - I feel for the poor pooches, forcing themselves to hold it way beyond any reasonable expectation. :shock:

Over the years, we have been asked about traveling with our feline family members... easy, and no emergency trips to shore.

Kudos for helping out your furry kids!
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Re: Dogs onboard

Postby baz on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:49 pm

Our Wire Hair Fox Terrier will pee on anything that sticks up from the ground. Given this, we have a plastic plant in a small sand-filled pot in the cockpit. He LIKES it. :o :lol: He gets a tasty biscuit treat after performing as well.

The traditional doggies delight was also an idea but it was to big in an inflatable form.... (a yellow fire hydrant). :roll:
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Re: Dogs onboard

Postby PetDrs on Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:04 am

Most pet stores, and a variety of other stores that carry pet supplies sell large disposable absorbent pads which you can place on the deck in an appropriate location. If you collect a small amount of your dog's urine and pour it on one of the pads this will stimulate them to urinate (and hopefully defecate) on them. They absorb a lot of fluid and can be disposed off when back on shore. Not the most environmentally friendly solution but a tidy one if needed.

I do applaud your kelp solution! Very ingenious and one I have not heard before in my 27 years of Veterinary practice.
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Re: Dogs onboard

Postby SgtAlf on Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:55 pm

In the Forum Index there's a separate category for "Tugmuts" I found a boat load of info on traveling with the other lady in my life. The poop pan is on my list of needed items.
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