I would love to take our Golden out on the water but the HAIR! It's EVERYWHERE in the house and I kinda like having ONE hair free zone...I know he would live it though. I get him bathed and trimmed up every 2 weeks just about and we use the furminator on him and he still has more hair than I have any idea what to do with.
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^^ What he said x10. Love my lab, he loves the water. Not so fond of his hair EVERYWHERE when he comes out.
Now this one on the other hand is easy to take along (virtually anywhere) and I've even taught her to swim although she sorta hates me for it. Plus mama gets tired (and eventually the kids) of me spouting off all the time "Holy Freholis Senor - this Water is Muy Frio" or "Aye Aye - pass the tequila senor". She's a Pomeranian Chihuahua mix.
Picked up our lab mix (Balto) about a month ago. He will likely be getting some paw covers for the boat, although it seems like most people don't bother. He is quite a bit smaller than most labs I've seen.
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This guy makes it out a few times a year on the boat. Our older one is probably easier to deal with on the boat but he rarely goes with us anymore. I can't imagine having both of them on the boat at once.
I'm probably with Drew in thinking that having them on the boat is one extra nuisance when I'm trying to relax.
Before he goes we typically make sure his nails have been recently trimmed. Haven't had any issues but also not a lot of time on the boat.
We have two miniature dachshunds and take them on the boat every once in a while. they are fairly easy on the boat and my interior is pretty much trashed already so i dont worry about their claws anymore. They also hate the water so we really dont have to worry about them jumping in.
Wow lots of great reply's! Thanks guys! I'm a sucker for Dachshunds (currently have a full size dapple but to old to bring out) and those are 2 pimpin' pups right there rockin the CWB's with Style!
This will be my first lab mix if we go pick him so I'm sure I will learn a lot about the hair issues. One of my main fears is he deciding he sees a drop of water he wants to catch or another boat he thinks he can catch while we are moving across the lake and decide to take a leap of faith as boatdrink's pup did! He would definitely only come out when we have a small crowd and have room to move around. I'm also at ease a little more about his paws and nails too and keeping them trimmed and filed won't be an issue. Thanks much guys!
Our little BLACK THINGS as I call them come on the boat with us almost everytime we go. They both ebjoy it however they are also very different when it comes to the water! One is ok with it the other not so much! But they are fun to bring along.
Notice one dog at the back and one on the passenger seat. Passenger seat dog likes water but not jumping around boat. One on the back meets you on the platform and licks you dry getting out of water!
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We have a Black Lab that we take on the boat almost every trip. Hes 100lbs and takes up a good bit of room, but to me hes like my son so i just cant leave him behind. We bought him just for boating lol.
His first summer he wasnt real sure about the water, the 2nd he really liked the water, 3rd year hes in the water more then me. Hes almost always the first one in and the last one out. He will get so excited he houls and paces till you let him swim. We have to let him swim almost 1once an hour which can get to be a pain sometimes but then again, cant be all about you on the boat.
Hes extreamly well behaived and never has damaged the boat. We trim his claws then sand them down so there smooth.
He has a specific boat toy, long floating tube made out of tennis ball material with a 3 foot rope on it to help really fling it out in the water.
Anyone on here that sees any of my pictures prolly has seen Oso <Bear> as hes always with me and gets in most of my pictures.
He does shed in the baot boat but what i found works best, is brush him with a cat hair brush each time before we go out. This is a realy fine brush with wire like bristles, he loves the feel and it removs a ton of loose hair.
I also almost always make him jump off the dock and swim if its not to crowded, this ensures theres no dirt from his paws in the boat.
The only thing to really take a beating from his claws is the Sea Deck swim platform pad, it took 3 summers of him clawing at it when he trys to get in the boat. To me, small price to pay to have my 1st mate on the boat all the time.
We also have Claudia's dog a cockapoo that we take when we are going out but shes not an everytime boating dog. She tolerates the water but shes most known for her vest, as it has a handle and Claudia carriers her like a purse and people always comment on it.
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One thing you may also want to discuss with the breaders if you go with a field trial type dog (labs, retrievers, etc.) is if the parents have been tested for EIC (excercise induced collapse). It's become more common in field trial dogs and I found out the hard way my pooch has it. After 10-20 minutes of hard excercise such as upland bird hunting, running or even playing fetch she will collapse and almost appear paralyzed in her hind quarters. It typically starts in the rear limbs and the dog will begin to sway and have a loss of motor control and almost 'appear' drunk. If you don't stop them they will continue to work/play until they are literally dragging their back end and pulling themselves with their front legs. It's horrible to watch.....
From what I've noticed it seems to be brought on quicker in warmer weather and affected dogs possibly not being able to regulate their body temperature as effectively. Strangely, after they rest for 10-20 minutes they are back to normal. I've heard some dogs have died in extreme cases where their body temp overheats so it can be fatal and should be taken seriously. Good breaders should be testing for this with the parents since it is a recessive gene that can be passed on to the pups if both partents are carriers. You can also have your dog tested for about $150 bucks if you want to be certain.
I got my dog, Primer to be a bird dog but after she started going down I gave up on her hunting career and she still makes a great companion. You just need to be more cautious if you plan on doing lots of strenuous excercise with affected dogs.