"Start teaching your dog the boat's rules from the beginning. Make sure he knows that sheets and halyards aren't toys for him to chew. At the same time, provide him with some toys that he is allowed to pick up or gnaw. Keep these on the boat and available to him. (Shaolin likes tennis balls and coconuts!) Another practice we find very useful is assigning an out-of-the-way place for the dog to go when we're maneuvering or docking. On the command, "Go to your place," we taught Shaolin to move quickly to the after deck where he can sit or lay down comfortably on the lazarette hatch. He's trained to stay there until we release him with, "O.K.!" This keeps out of the way when we're busy tending to the boat."

 (Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 29, 2004 )


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