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Aussie On A Boat?
Hi, My husband and I are looking for a medium sized dog that will be happy with our lifestyle. We have a soft spot for Aussie but are also considering other breeds and ideally would like to find our dog at a rescue shelter. Any advice would be much appreciated.
A little about us...
My husband is a general contractor and I work in our office/warehouse space doing the desk work and running errands. We live in North Vancouver, BC, in our boat (a 40' power boat) and work is a 25 minute walk along the sea wall from the boat. Their is a large park right beside our marina that is right on the seawall and there are a great number of large off leash dog parks and trails within a few minutes drive. Our dog would come with me to work Mon - Fri and would get a walk at lunch as well as to work and home (and at night). In the summer we spend a lot of time on the boat at anchor on the weekends and we can dingy to shore easily enough but it would be ideal to have a dog that loved swimming so that some of the exercise could be via swimming from the boat (and off our marina dock). As an Aussie is a herding dog I worry that he may need more land to call his own. Our office is 2000 sq ft but our boat is small. Also, in the winter our walks/doggy park time may be less frequent. I could get a doggy treadmill beside my computer at work as a possibility. I also worry that we don't have “a job” for our Aussie, like farm dog would.
Has anyone had experience with a boating Aussie? I want to be sure we can meet all of our dogs needs (whatever breed it is) before we select the right dog. I do plan to enroll our new dog in obedience classes (so that I can be properly taught as well as the dog). This will be my first dog and my husband's third dog although his two previous dogs were family dogs and not his own.
Another possibility would be an Aussie cross from a shelter. We have also heard of Aussiedoodles but don't have a local breeder and they seem to take after the poodle genes more then the Aussie's. The Aussie seems like the quintessential dog but I am not sure that we would be the quintessential Aussie owners as we don't have a farm or a doggy job. Any thoughts???