Even as a non dog-owning sailor I was interested to read the articles on Seadogs (PBO Summer 2018). However I feel that some owners do need to have more consideration of other sailors when it comes to the matter of canine toilet training.
Over three nights on the offshore pontoon at Dale in July we witnessed a dog being walked up and down and urinating on a fixed cleat: very unhygienic for the next unsuspecting sailor using this cleat for his lines. And we woke one morning to find a little present on the pontoon. Once again, really unhygienic for the next arrivals jumping onto the pontoon and finding themselves ‘in the poo’.
The vast majority of sailing dog owners are considerate of others, but I’m sure we’d all appreciate it if owners prevented them from contaminating pontoons and equipment that’s going to be handled by others.