Sounds like I'll just clip their nails during the season, maybe ask the groomer to file em a bit so there not as sharp, thanks for the replies. My Riken boat is actually in pretty good shape for its age, just one patch from my dog, The wear is on top of the bow tubes. The material is fading quick from the sun and time. Each trip a little more fades and peels off. I don't think the boat really got 303d much until I got it a few years ago. But yes a newer self bailer would be nice.