Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern California
I train guide dogs and periodically towards the end of their training we have a client coming in that requests the dog be exposed to boats. At this point the dogs are already 16-18 months old and the majority have not been exposed during puppyhood. We look for a history of car sickness, surface sensitivities, water obsession or high bird interest - if things are clear in those areas... the dog is exposed once, maybe twice before being issued and we have not had any issues later in the field after this fairly brief process.
I feel like you’ll be fine. I wouldn’t bother with the inconvenience of finding a boat now...when the season is right, take him out a couple times before returning from work and go from there. Maybe do some practice on a variety of surfaces (wood, moving/unstable, wet, etc), and perhaps comfortable in a life jacket.
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Last edited by Fodder; 01-20-2018 at 10:16 PM.