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01-18-2010, 10:39 AM
So my wife and I just got a new yellow lab puppy last month for christmas. We've always wanted Lab's...great family dogs, water dogs, and hunting dogs. We are definately planning on bringing him along on the boat this summer. To anyone out there who brings dogs along on the boat...besides keeping their claws clipped, is there anything else you would suggest to prepare. Either for the dog or for the boat so it doesn't get damaged. We will probably also get a life jacket for him since we do spend a lot of time in the water. Thanks.

01-18-2010, 11:19 AM
What, no pics yet????

01-18-2010, 11:29 AM
Either put booties on him or Soft Paws (http://www.softpaws.net/)covers on his nails. Both work well. The biggest problem your gonna have with a lab is chewing!

01-18-2010, 11:32 AM
Haha...yeah...my bad....here he is when we first got him. His name is Hunter. He is already half-again as big. He is going to be HUGE when he gets full grown! These were taken when he was about 6 weeks old.

01-18-2010, 01:01 PM
My pup loves the Supra! ...I was trying to get her out of the boat and she didn't want to.


01-18-2010, 02:05 PM
Just walk them on the road or trim the nails---other than wet hair sticking to everthing, the boat will survive. Saw a black lab at the Atlanta jam that had pink nail covers and they were very soft for the seats and stuff--dog didnt even care about them after the 1st time the owner said.

01-19-2010, 02:53 PM
Cute little bugger, we have thre only the female goes into the boat.

Bottle of resolve pet stain remover, lint brush, extra towels, nail clippers, nail file, poopy bag.

check my profile pics, thes dogs are part of the family.

01-24-2010, 06:08 PM
We used to have 2 German Sheppards that came out on our boat with us all the time, but since the Moomba and our Hyper Springer no dog on boat anymore. Too much water and too much dog hair for my liking as my dog will not get out of the water, just loves chasing the swallows around the shallow water in front of our house.

01-24-2010, 11:09 PM
Here's our Ozzy, a mini dachshund. He's cool on the boat always sleeping when it's moving, as you can see when stopped it's all fun and games. Swimmin' with mom, lickin' my face and general hangin' out is all good. :p

01-25-2010, 11:52 AM
Our Rat Terrier/Chihuahua loves going on the boat. He has a neon green life preserver. I use a dock line as a leash. :) He hates water but on hot days he doesn't mind being dunked in the lake.

01-25-2010, 11:23 PM
I have to chime in about the Labs. Great dog. Here are a few pictures of my co-pilot when mom is not in the passenger seat.

She is keeping an eye on the road for me

She sleeps were ever she wants in the motorhome

She is my little girl. Best dog ever. She gets what ever she wants. Daddy's little girl.

01-26-2010, 02:29 PM
tazz3069-cut lab! We've always loved labs too...great water dogs and for the family. Can't wait to get him on the boat and out on some camping trips! Any tips or items we will definately need to prepare for?

01-26-2010, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the Soft Paws tip. I ordered the clear ones to try out.
My dog Rocky loves the boat and swimming we dont have the heart to leave him home. We have tried many ways to cover the vinyl. The best so far is clear vinyl covers. My wife makes them. They work much better than towels or cloth because they dont get wet. The best way is to cover the nails we tried the Muttluks dog boots but he wont leave them on. I dont think he can swim with them either. I think the Soft Paws will be the ticket.:D


01-26-2010, 08:15 PM
Hey SupraHunter, how did that little purchase you made last year work out?

01-27-2010, 12:46 AM

This is Marci my wonderful bride of 19 years and boating soul mate and Murray (yellow lab/golden retriever mix)

And my first picture post

01-27-2010, 04:53 AM
Supra, Is your dog peeing on the boat??

01-27-2010, 12:04 PM
No we wouldn't need the Soft paws if he did.

01-27-2010, 02:14 PM
4241my first picture post

Robert - Good job. Now, we expect to see more. - Deerfield

04-05-2010, 10:37 AM
I saw this post last year and per Razzmans recommendation I bought the clear Softpaws. We have tried everything to protect the interior even going as far as making custom seat covers. They worked well untill they got wet. The Softpaws worked great I put them on in the parking lot before launching on Friday .
It only took about 5 Min's for all 16 nails. My dog doesn't even know he has them on walking,running and swimming no problem. He stepped on my wife's foot and it didnt even hurt. I think they are the answer I highly recommend them. Thanks Razzman




04-05-2010, 11:15 AM
NO problem, glad they worked well for you!

04-05-2010, 01:46 PM
As for dogs i have alway's had one type or another. two years ago i had my long time friend put down as she came down with cancer>>>>>erg. Since then my wife and i got a pair of true labradoodles one boy and one girl, got the lil boy as the two ladies of the house were ganfing up on me. amazing dogs as my old girl was a lab sheapard cross.
love them to bits.

On another note seeing the nice harley brought tears to my eyes. last tuesday my father and two uncles were on a bike trip down south headed to mexico. in arizona very good friends of ours were traveling to scotsdale and the lead bike carrying best friends of the family..Jody and Frank Blew a tire.
Frank managed to get it slowed down to about 35mph when the bike bit in.they were both thrown from the bike......Frank broke his leg in three spots.

Jody Passed away.really great people.she will be missed.

Please check your tires.there is a shelf life. this doesn't always help as frank had a new set put on before departing Alberta. the bikes were trailerd to Vegas. he only had a few hundred miles on them.
PLEASE everybody have a safe summer.

04-05-2010, 02:01 PM
Sorry for you losses.

04-05-2010, 02:54 PM
Sorry to hear that Dru, my condolences. I rode for 30+ years and never had a blowout but know many who have and it's always a danger and as you stated nothing to be overlooked.

04-05-2010, 02:55 PM
cute dog!

Love the Harley.

You otta see the one in my garage right now! Sweeeet

04-05-2010, 03:09 PM
Sorry to hear that, dru. Let's all check all our tires before the season really gets going.

04-05-2010, 08:11 PM
Sorry for your loss Dru. I know how you feel I had a good friend killed on his Harley by a drunk driver last year. He was only a couple miles from home when the car turned in front of him. 40 years old with a new born. I guess when its your time?

04-05-2010, 10:14 PM
Sorry as well for the loss Dru. Bikes have their dangers which is probably the thrill of riding one.

I hope to one day own a cruiser....But I will be sure to have the helmet and every other piece of equipment possible while riding. I know its not a gaurantee, but it keeps the wife and family happy. :)

04-12-2010, 02:56 PM
My bulldog loves the boat, but he only likes water on his terms. If I push him in or set him in the water, he is NOT happy about it. He always wears a life jacket though, 65lbs of muscle will sink like a rock.

What are the Softpaws mentioned above?

04-12-2010, 06:07 PM
Here ya go; http://www.softpaws.net/

04-16-2010, 06:58 PM
here's our dog carter ... he loves the moomba!

04-16-2010, 07:14 PM
thats chewbackas offspring :D

04-16-2010, 08:02 PM
Ya really :)

04-17-2010, 01:20 AM
I tell a story to the kids around the campfire: "The Legend of Wolfboy". I think I just found his heir.

04-18-2010, 08:19 PM
THe main thing we have found is that our dogs are not super graceful or cautious when getting into the boat from the water which is where the lif jacket really pays off, the have a handle and u can just pull your dog up out of the water and they down scratch up the swim platform.

04-20-2010, 11:28 AM
We just got a new puppy. Hes a Black Lab Retriever. Name is Osito < little bear> We took him on the boat the first time last Sunday and he liked it as fare as we can tell. He just laid there sleeping all day LOL. Laid on the sun deck and snored lol.

Hes almost 3 months old, we are potty training him right now. He seems to like water, i put him in the water behind the boat and he dog paddeled like he should.

We have a vest on him as well because we weren't sure how he would react.

My question is i hope he will get to the point that he will swim and jump in on command to fetch things and such or just play.

Is there a good way to teach a dog to be comfortable in the water? Or does this come naturally with warmer water? The water was pretty cold Sunday so im wondering if it was just a lot colder then he liked.

04-20-2010, 12:57 PM
Mike for a retriever (any of them) water is second nature, don't worry pretty soon you won't be able to keep him out of it! My brother-in-law has a 12 year old black lab and the first thing out the back door everyday is straight into the pool!

04-20-2010, 02:47 PM
mmandley I have a 3 yr old black lab who is the biggest chicken I have ever met, but hte more time I spent with him around water and in it the more he likes it. Now when I take him for runs he has to be on leash or he will jump in the pond we run by even in the middle of winter when the ice is open!! Your dog will take to it with time!

04-20-2010, 04:54 PM
Cold, warm it doesn't matter. My springer will head into the water any chance he can get. I used to have a sheppard that would sneak into the water when I was trolling at night and swim behind the boat for hours.

04-20-2010, 06:36 PM
Yeah I agree, cold or warm it really doesnt matter. Just has to do with them getting comfortable and being around the water for a bit. My old Boxer would swim in the creek up in the mountains with snow on the ground, didnt care at all. My AB Frank wont swim at all because he cant, but loves the water and will go in chest deep and play with the kids or whatever and he also loves the boat.

Little Franky the day we got him

And Frank last year at 8 months

He loves his Moomba lol

04-20-2010, 07:17 PM
Love that last pic, kinda of saying "This is my boat" !!

04-21-2010, 02:58 AM
Well im hopping a few more trips to the lake and maybe a little time on the shore where he can walk into the water instead of off the swim platform will help him get more used to the water. I really would love a good boating dog.

heres a pic of him after he had his first swim lol.

04-21-2010, 07:15 AM
He's a lab, there will come a day where you go "stay out of the damm water for a minute will ya" . Nice looking pup.

04-27-2010, 04:25 PM
Little Franky the day we got him

I wondered what you named him, all I could remember was all of you guys calling him Frankenpuppy!! He was the coolest dog that day. I can not believe how huge he got!!!

This is how I remeber him:


04-27-2010, 04:34 PM
Here are my little boat buddies. They love to ride on the boat, they also like to get in a hurry and jump between the boat and the dock. Why do they always think they can jump further than they really can?



04-27-2010, 06:10 PM
Jesse, I really wish sometimes he was still the way you remember him. He did alot less damage back then! lol

Great looking pooches you've got there, definately look like they're enjoying the view.

09-10-2010, 11:18 AM
This is our little guy. He is half Jack Russel and half poodle. Normally not a fan of small dogs but this guy is the best. Swims like a fish and is fairly calm. He is about 10 months and full grown. The Beaver fan, well she's alright too!

09-22-2010, 10:54 AM
This is in our boat on the way to see friends about 45minutes from us on the water. Little T100 & Rugby

09-22-2010, 12:50 PM
T100 - Love them chocolate labs. Nice pic. - Deerfield

09-22-2010, 12:56 PM
As much as I love dogs, I don't understand how you can keep your boats clean. We ask all our guests to take their shoes off before getting into the boat but we can't do much about pawz. :)

09-22-2010, 01:53 PM
one of our three holding "court" Her boat.

good use of the bow cushion


09-22-2010, 02:13 PM
Lord, not this argument again.

to be totally honest, I hate being in boats where the owners are so paranoid you have to sit on towels so you don't get the upholstery wet, you can't eat whatever you want, whenever you want and everything has to be stowed in it's exact designated location and heaven forbid you spill a little beer on their carpet.

That kind of attitude just pisses me off.

If someone is that anal, why even bother to invite guests.
It ain't fun for them - they are just putting up with boat owner and want to get off the boat as badly as boat owner wants them to.

A boat is built to have fun in. If my two border collies want to pee in the damn thing, well hey, I can tell by the expression on their face they are having fun doing it.

I just take on of my own rollers and wash the pee out.

You come on my boat, welcome aboard, anything goes and please leave your preperceived rules on the shore.

If you bring your dog, just make sure he ain't getting into my cheese puffs.

Bahahaha.. Feel better?

I am not "anal" about keeping my boat perfect. I have owned my boat it for 3 seasons and the carpet already needs to be replaced. We eat on the boat every time we are out and I don't care if it gets wet, that's what its designed for.

All I ask is for people to take their shoes off. The marina I keep my boat is not paved so the mud on the bottom of the shoes would kill my carpet in a few days. I would imagine the same thing would happen if I let dogs in my boat.

With that said, I am a HUGE dog lover... Heck I even run an online pet store so this is what I do for a living!!!

09-22-2010, 03:02 PM
When our 100lb lab gets in the boat he is cleaner than my 6 yr old son! When the dog jumps in he doesn't even touch the cushions!

Canuckle Head
09-22-2010, 03:39 PM
I hear ya T100, my boys are walking tornados! I thought about replacing the carpet in my boat but my wife's comment was "Are you insane!? With 2 small boys there is no point as it would be ruined inside a year!"

09-22-2010, 03:54 PM
My Wawas are perfects for fine tuning wakes...

4 lbs of ballast

3 lbs of ballast

A combined 7 lbs of ballast

09-22-2010, 03:55 PM
Not to hijck the dog thread

1. Nobody in barefeet has ever broken anything laying on the floor
2. If you're on the boat, you're either my 65 y.o. mom with osteoporosis or you are getting wet sometime, who needs shoes?
3.My dream is live in shorts and no shoes year round, why not spread the love

09-22-2010, 04:49 PM
Me and my wife just got a new puppy. We had been talking about taking her out on the boat. Was gonna hold off for right now due to the water temp dropping pretty fast. I don't want the dog to freeze to death. Hell the water takes my breath away when I jump in right now.

09-22-2010, 06:29 PM
Goose, I'm certainly not pointing any fingers at you.

It just gets my goat with the attitudes some owners have with their boats. Especially the ones that tell people way in advance..."you ain't gonna do such and such on my boat. Here are my rules".

I'd like to know more about your pet store. Heck, we Moomba dog lovers might be able to throw some on-line bizz your way.

You can't advertise here, but I can promote you. PM me with your store web address.

come tomorrow, I'll be away for a few days, but let me know what your doin'.

Thanks for the offer but no spamming is required. ;)

We mostly sell wireless and in-ground fence systems, bark collars and remote trainers. We are currently expanding to aquarium equipment.

Back to the topic at hand!

09-22-2010, 07:03 PM
You think there is much of a market for bark collars for fish?

I've had clown fish that were uncontrolable - I guess throwing a live wire into their tank would teach them some manners.

HAHA!! I've owned many saltwater fish and so far the biggest bully was the Sohal Tang.

Back on topic? lol

09-23-2010, 12:18 PM
Sometimes ya just gotta hang out and enjoy the sunshine! :p

06-03-2011, 11:51 AM
Our big time spotter! Busy and relaxed on the Outback!

06-03-2011, 03:16 PM
Our big time spotter! Busy and relaxed on the Outback!

That lake by any chance. Lake Chelan ?

06-03-2011, 04:57 PM
That lake by any chance. Lake Chelan ?

No dude I'm from Canada and that lake would be a lake in central BC called Wood Lake.

Canuckle Head
06-03-2011, 07:26 PM
No dude I'm from Canada and that lake would be a lake in central BC called Wood Lake.

Woods Lake actually.

When I was 20 years old I was in a car accident that involved that lake. Basically rolled into it and ended up breaking my neck! I wasn't the driver, T100's brother was though....... We had to swim out of the car and back to shore.

No, we weren't drunk either. Bad set of circumstances is all.

06-03-2011, 08:45 PM
Terrible to hear that dude! I grew up in Oyama right between Woods and Kal Lake. Graduated high school in Winfield. Rest of my family still lives out there right between both those lakes!

06-04-2011, 10:06 AM
No dude I'm from Canada and that lake would be a lake in central BC called Wood Lake.

Figured it was some lake in Canada but the water color and the road along the lake in the back ground reminded me of chelan. Your lakes up there sure are nice, not like our swamp ponds they have down here and thats about the only thing I miss from up there