Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Burns Lake, BC, .
Get out a lot to spend time in the boat.
Practice the basics... waiting to get in or out of the boat, sitting or laying down when needed, not being anxious (you or them!)
Create a spot in the boat that is your dog's space. A no gear zone so they can relax.
Put down some non-slip closed cell foam for grip and comfort.
Take lots of shore breaks, watch the sun, and sometimes we use mild bug dope for extreme bugs. (Nation Lakes for the next two months = extreme bugs!)
Our dogs associate our loaded tripping boat with sleeping. That's what they spend most of their time doing while on the water.
Lifejackets of course.
Extra food for them. (just like us)
As well, we try not to let our dogs hang their heads way outside of the gunnels. This makes handling WAY easier and your bow partner will thank you. It can be taught.