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The Perfect Boat Dog

The Perfect Boat Dog

How to make cruising with your dog safe and fun for everyone

Regular price $49.00 USD
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Strolling quiet beaches together. Reaching down to pet your pup on an evening passage. Hearing dolphin alerts from the cockpit. Cruising with your dog--will it be a dream? Or a nightmare? 

Learn how to prepare your dog, yourself, and your boat for a great adventure. 

By the end of the course, you'll know how to

  • train your dog to be safe and comfortable on board
  • buy the boat and gear that works for doggie cruisers
  • manage the legalities of international cruising with a pet
  • get your dog on and off your vessel--in the boatyard, at anchor, and at the dock
  • tire out your dog, even when you're stuck on the boat

You'll get 33 sections of info you need for a wonderful life aboard with your dog, in 10 categories:

  • Getting Ready to Cruise with a Dog
  • Shopping for & Equipping a Dog-Friendly Boat
  • Care and Feeding
  • Health and Safety
  • Exercise and Enrichment
  • Helping a Fearful Dog
  • Toilet Training
  • Unique Challenges for Liveaboard Dogs
  • Underway
  • International Cruising
  • Resources

✔ Latest Update: September 2023

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✔ No scheduled times: go through the material when it's convenient for you


    This course will help you understand how having a dog on board affects cruising. And teach you how to prepare yourself and your dog to have fun and safe adventures together, wherever you voyage.

    Primarily written, the course will also include quizzes, video, checklists, and links to the resources you’ll need to outfit your vessel and train your boat dog.


    • Course Overview
    • Invitation to Join FB group

    Getting Ready to Cruise with a Dog

    • The Ideal Boat Dog
    • Adopting a New Boat Dog
    • Dog Temperament Quiz
    • Pre-Boat Training & Socialization

    Shopping for & Equipping a Dog-Friendly Boat

    • Pros and Cons of Vessels
    • Gear for Getting Your Dog On & Off the Boat 
    • Safety Gear Underway

    Care and Feeding

    • Food Options
    • Onboard Storage
    • Finding Food While Cruising

    Health and Safety

    • Routine Vet Care
    • First Aid Kit
    • Keeping Medical Records
    • Emergencies

    Exercise & Enrichment

    • Keeping Your Dog Fit in a Small Space
    • Training Boat Dog Skills
    • Mental Stimulation

    Helping a Fearful Dog

    • Signs of Stress
    • Confidence Building
    • Aids for 'Fraidy Pups

    Toilet Training

    • Does Your Dog Actually Have to Potty on the Boat?
    • Training Your Dog to "Go" Onboard
    • Troubleshooting Toilet Training Issues

    Unique Challenges for Liveaboard Dogs

    • In the Boatyard
    • Leaving Your Dog on the Boat
    • Finding Your Lost Dog
    • Shedding


    • Trip Planning Considerations
    • Safety in Rough Seas
    • Dog Overboard!

    International Cruising

    • Checking In — Bahamas
    • Legalities Various Ports of Call 
    • Safety & Security

    Private Facebook Group

    You'll get access to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions of Pamela and other course participants, and where you can share your successes.


    You'll also get a subscription to The Boat Galley Newsletter, a weekly email filled with information about living on a boat. Don't like it? You can unsubscribe at any time.

    And no, we aren’t going to sell your email address or send you spam, because that’s not who we are.

    Immediate Access

    You'll get login details onscreen immediately after purchase as well as by email a few minutes later.

    Take this course whenever you want, as fast or slow as you want, in whatever order you want, and refer back to materials as often as you want. You'll have lifetime access to all, including all updates.

    Everything is online; there is no shipping.

    The Instructor

    Pamela Douglas cruised for 7 years with her golden retriever, Honey, on a Pacific Seacraft 34 sailboat. Before cruising, she worked as a financial educator for over a decade. She became a member of The Boat Galley team while cruising and has contributed to the site as a virtual assistant, guest post writer and editor. 

    On her website, Something Wagging This Way Comes, Pamela has written about the human-canine bond for over 13 years. Beginning in 2015, she began writing about the process of preparing Honey for boat life. Her experience with fostering and training dozens of dogs gives her a unique perspective on helping dogs succeed in a human world.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    William M.
    Steady as she goes

    Great advice especially the training parts to get a dog used to ladders, non-skid, aluminum ramps.