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behindtheboat 01-20-2010 9:53 AM

I know there's been some threads in the past. <BR> <BR>For those that have their dogs on the boat, do you put socks or anything on their feet? If so, what, and if not is there anything you do to ensure they don't tear the upholstery? Thank you.

rio_sanger 01-20-2010 10:31 AM

I used to be a freak about not letting any one's dog on my boats. <BR> <BR> ...until we got our own dog lol! she's been riding with us all the time for the last ten years, and no damage to the upholstery so far.

jeff_mn 01-20-2010 10:34 AM

No, we just throw him in the boat. He's smaller and he's not a spaz - so there are no issues.

notsobueno 01-20-2010 10:35 AM

I thought this was a song like pants on the floor. <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/uhoh.gif" border=0>

salty87 01-20-2010 10:37 AM

i've never put anything on my dogs' feet and they've been going out with us for years. i have lately seen a few scratches and some threads tearing but that's with original upholstery on a 1987 boat. the upholstery has gotten very brittle in the last 2 or 3 seasons. before that, i had more problems from people's feet and board fins than from the dogs. <BR> <BR>puppy nails won't do any damage. old dog claws that haven't been trimmed can cause problems. those are tough on people feet too. <BR> <BR>i'm not very uptight about my old vinyl though. if i had a newer boat i'd make sure dog nails are trimmed better. more cement time.

bpenosa1 01-20-2010 10:40 AM

My dog is on the boat a lot and the only thing he does to the interior is coat it in fur. He's kind of a spazz too always jumping on the seats, but no rips or tears at all and it's been 2 years now with him in there. He's a full size australian shepherd so not exactly a small dog.

megsswm 01-20-2010 10:47 AM

We take both our dogs on the boat with us most days. One is a 70+lb boxer mix, the other a beagle mix....they are both "active" spotters on the boat...watch out the back as we ride and rush to the front up in the bow to make sure they can see us when someone falls and we go to pick them up...even with constant back and forth and seat jumping there has been no damage to the seats. <BR>They only problem we had was when one of thier collars got caught on the carpet and snagged it...simple fix though. <BR>Having your dog on the boat can be a lot of fun!

behindtheboat 01-20-2010 11:15 AM

Well she already sleeps on the old MC backseat. It is now her "couch", and is her favorite spot. Do you all do anything to get them acquainted with the boat better? I have her walk around in it, but haven't run the engine yet. <BR> <BR> <BR>Meghan, did you do any training for that, or is did they just do that? I want mine to do the same.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/4387/769844.jpg" alt="Upload">

wakeeater2003 01-20-2010 11:24 AM

Our dog likes to ride shot gun!<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/4387/769847.jpg" alt="Upload">

acurtis_ttu 01-20-2010 11:38 AM

I quit letting mine in my ( 07 22SSV) supra. I had thier nails put in few holes in the vinyl. When mine go out now...it's on the pontoon.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/4387/769853.jpg" alt="Upload">

megsswm 01-20-2010 11:44 AM

A-dub- <BR> <BR>Our older girl ( the boxer) is a sun whore..she typically just takes over the back seat and catches rays. It wasn't until we got the little dude and he automatically "tracked" the riders that she started doing it as well. It is absolutley hysterical to watch them in action. When I am riding I can see both of them watching me attentively, and the little guy barking when i jump or do anything other than being pulled...as soon as I fall they rush up to the bow and are basically on point making sure I am safe. I think we have it on video somewhere...it is soo funny to watch. <BR>The beagle mix is almost two now...but when we first got him ( 6 mos old) we had to be careful at first with him loose in the boat...he lacks common sense and loves the water soo much we almost had a few dive bomber incidents where he tried to bail out the back when i was riding to come and "retrieve" me.....after a few times of being leashed to the pylon that stopped. Although as soon as the boat stops he still wants to dive in and rescue the boarder. I am not sure that is habit we are going to break, considering his personality. THankfully he has learned he has to wait until the engine is off and he gets the okay from the driver. <BR>The only annoying problem we had with the little guy was the first few times he came on board he didn't realize that the boat was like a house and not okay to pee in...so we had a few accidents that were easy to clean up and left to lasting damage. It only took a month to teach him to wait until he could go onto the swim step to pee....so now they are both "boat potty trained". <BR>We do have doggie life vests on board for rough water, or in case of emergency. Actually our boxer won't go in the water from the boat unless we put it on her( but again she is a bit of a priss). <BR>As you can probably tell, our dogs are a bit like kids to us and they tend to go where we do...it makes boating a ton of fun to watch their antics. <BR>-Meghan

salty87 01-20-2010 12:01 PM

boat seats make great dog furniture <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/4387/769863.jpg" alt="Upload">

nauty 01-20-2010 1:23 PM

Nails haven't been an issue with my upholstery.... Fur on the other hand is a whole different story! It's amazing how much dog hair is left in my carpet after our pup has been on the boat. It's still worth it though; having him on board is a lot of fun.

skongolf 01-20-2010 1:50 PM

We take out our Blue and Red Nose Pitts all the time and no issues except our Blue (Diesel) about strangled himself once trying to jump out while tied up. He tends to get a little hyper when someone is boarding. Just make sure their nails are clipped and filed so there are no sharp spots. We also have a nice layer of dog shed hair going which is a pain to clean up. <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/4387/769907.jpg" alt="Upload">

zo1 01-20-2010 4:48 PM

Our mastiff loves it and have never had an issue...

bendow 01-20-2010 5:25 PM

Hey Adam, you still have that vest I sold you years ago? lol

brianmiller 01-20-2010 6:25 PM

you can check out <a href="http://www.primalmp.com" target="_blank">www.primalmp.com</a> for seat covers. Good for kids also<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/lol.gif" border=0>

bruce 01-20-2010 6:53 PM

I leave my dog and home and he doesn't know the difference.

acurtis_ttu 01-21-2010 6:54 AM

Ben, <BR> <BR>Funny story.....I lost it over in Austin (waketoberfest) about 2 years ago??? I was over at a buddys house in December and he had in his garage. He borrowed it from another guy we both know. Finally got it back.

jtnz 01-21-2010 5:33 PM

Took our dog out on the boat a few weeks ago (He's a 90lb Weimaraner) No problem with him ripping up the seats he walks on concrete all the time so his nails are naturally filed down, our seats aren't pristine though. Only problem was when I was riding he was panicking, he thought I was drowning or something and kept wanting to jump out of the boat to save me hahaha. He's bred for duck hunting though so maybe that has something to do with it. Hard to get him to sit still too 90lbs moving around screws up the wake more often than not.

dougr 01-21-2010 5:47 PM

dogs are great, my buddy takes his shepard/ retreaver mix and the dog loves it, no problems over the last few years, the dog uses the swim platform and it only took a few time to get him on board with it. I really want a dog, but feel guilty not being home enough to care for one.

dlwsrider 01-21-2010 9:01 PM

Our Pit and Hound have been on the boat ever since we got it in 02' and haven't had any problems. They just chill in the front. It's the mud they bring in when they fly in before we can stop them.

bendow 01-22-2010 6:16 AM

Adam, <BR> <BR>Wow that vest has been around! I originaly bought it from someone on here (I think), but didn't want it after realizing TSR wouldn't let you ride non cga's

kstateskier 01-22-2010 8:12 PM

We've had our lab out a couple times. She loves it but always wants to jump out. If we stop the boat she is off the back before you can stop her. To me though, having a big dog on a 21 foot boat gets old pretty quick. We have a direct drive though. I don't think there would be near the problem with a V-drive set up.

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