What question are we asked most often about living with a big dog on a small sailboat? It’s “does Honey go potty on the boat?”. We’re working on it. But it isn’t easy. I’m starting to wonder if it’s just harder to get a big dog to “go” on a boat. Here’s why.
There’s always someone willing to make you feel bad if your dog is afraid to do something. But are they right? Maybe your dog doesn’t have to be fearless.
From the time she was eight weeks old, Honey ate out of a food toy. But flying dog food and boat bilges are a bad fit. So how do we feed the dog now?
It happened again. Some stranger walked up to us asking, “Can I pet your dog? I miss mine.” Yep, time for Honey to offer comfort to people who don’t vacation with their pets.
There are two kinds of people in this world: people who think nothing bad will ever happen and people like me. You know, waiting for a disaster to occur any minute. Luckily, I’ve taught my dog Honey the emergency word every dog needs to learn. Just in case.
Does your town’s dog culture has you dodging poop bombs in the park and hiding behind cars to avoid rude dogs and their people? Maybe it’s time to move. Or at least try to grow a good dog culture where you live.
Since we’ve lived on the boat, we’ve only traveled as far as one long car trip. But I’ve already seen big differences in the way people treat dogs from one place to the next. What is your town’s dog culture? And is it hurting your dog?
For training Honey, we have a clicker, loads of treats, and some fun toys. We have leashes. Before we moved onto the boat, we had several books. But our most powerful training tool is something we rarely hear anyone talking about. Can you guess what it is?