When you go hunting for waterfowls or fishing do you take your pets along? Yes some people do even before adequately training them to ride in a boat. You should, however, remember that an untrained pet can spell enormous trouble. So, don’t venture into the waters without training your dog properly. An unrestrained pet might run amok on board spurring life threatening conditions both for him and his master.
Here’s a quick look at the some of ways in which you can boat train your pet.
1) First introduce your pet to the boat. Then anchor it on the beach and allow him to get used to it. Teach him how to get in and out of the boat. Training your pet how to sit tight in a boat is an equally important part of the training. Once he has mastered this, make him perform drills. Allow him to run straight to the boat from some marked location and on arrival teach him to climb back into the desired location. Once he gets used to this set up move the boat into shallow water and implement the same procedures. Then try moving the craft in the shallow waters. Watch out for his demeanor. Initially you would notice a marked discomfiture, but gradually he would get used to the changing circumstances around him. Try to replicate the real life scenarios as closely as possible.
2) Your behavior shouldn’t exhibit any hurriedness or anxiety. Otherwise, he’ll pick up on that and start behaving weirdly.
3) You should set the expectations right and not keep changing them under different circumstances. This would instill in him a strong belief that he should conduct himself in a particular manner under all the prevailing conditions.