As Sydney got on so well on the boat at the weekend we have now turned our attention to how we can make a few little modifications to make life on board a bit easier with the mutt.
First and perhaps most important will be making up a lead which is permanently fixed at the helm to stop Sydney jumping off whilst we are mooring up and setting off. He has a habit of trying to follow us off the boat which for his own safety needs to be stopped. At least with him tethered at the helm we know where he is at all time. He is fine padding around while we are on the move as we can keep an eye on him.
Next up we really do need to get him a doggy life jacket, especially if we are going to spend our summer holiday on the Trent. We don't yet know if he can swim well but just to make it easier to get him out when he does fall in we will get him a life jacket and get him used to wearing it.
Then we need to get him a smaller crate for use on the boat. He is starting to get used to his larger one at work now and will go in it of his own accord now. With this in mind we are looking to get a smaller fold down one we can use on the boat which will hopefully mean at some point in the future that we can leave him on board for a couple of hours while we go out. But there is no rush to get to that point just yet and we will let him settle in, in his own time.