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Small dogs on boats are easier than large dogs. Now, plenty of people do cruise with larger dogs. And if you have a large dog, you can find ways to make it work (read this article by my VA, Pamela Webster, who cruises with a golden retriever).
She discovered the breed after seeing an ad in the U.S. Power Squadron's magazine, The Ensign, for "the perfect boat dog" in 1981. Though the former BoatUS member moved back to land in 1994, she still owns Portuguese Water Dogs, including Casey, who enjoys sharing kayak rides.
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For a boat-specific kit, Hopkins suggests bringing antibiotic ointment for minor scrapes, and of course making sure you have a good supply of any medications your dog may be on. 4. Visit the boat with your pet prior to your trip.