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Old 05-12-2019, 07:17 AM
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Well this is quite the marine/boating thread!!
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Originally Posted by DonV View Post
Well this is quite the marine/boating thread!!
It has to do with dogs on boats and that is one of the many things the Boating forum is for.
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Originally Posted by THT Mod 11 View Post
It has to do with dogs on boats and that is one of the many things the Boating forum is for.

For sure! I just figured the Mods would move it to "Dockside Chat"
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My dog LOVES the boat. Haven't taken him off shore but he's eager for a ride and damned eager for sushi when we get back.

It's just a couple seconds or this goes on the whole trip? The latter goes shark fishing.
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Have a 17’ Mirrocraft fish and ski. Turn the key and the system check beeping is as loud as a fire alarm. Dog hates boat, dog hates fire alarms.

I didn’t even see the dog hates boat part. Leave him at home if he hates it. Stress is not good for dogs , or people. He’d probably be happier at home unless a fire alarm malfunctioned.
My Rachel loved the boat and everything about it. She would anxiously wait to see what I was reeling in and if a small shark , she’d bite it a bit in my hand guarding the mouth. My Penny would hide under the furniture when she even saw me hooking the boat to my truck, hated the boat . She didn’t go anymore after a couple times. Not a fan.
Bella , in my signature picture , loves the boat and goes. All have been Dachshunds.

Point being , if the dog is stressing and heavily panting the whole trip , leave him at home and keep fresh batteries in the smoke alarms always so they don’t beep.
If it’s only the beep sound in the boat that gets him anxious , then cut open the tach or source of beep and disable it. Leaving lights working.

Picture of dog with name, and pictures of helm needed.
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Maybe disconnecting the alarm and connect a bright warning light that would go off instead?
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What kind of dog are we talking about?

Some dogs have more anxiety than others. The issue with the loud noise is likely caused by a previous negative encounter associated with the noise. Give a treat or some other positive reinforcement when the noise happens. It will take time but the behavior should improve.

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Never disconnect a alarm on a boat it’s set to be loud enough so you can hear it at high rpms. Even if it has a light the glare from the sun can make you not see it.
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if you cant resolve issue call animal behaviorist
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I wrapped the alarm under the helm with elec tape. Now its there, but not so loud. The factory one was like, OMG you're starting the boat, get ready!

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