do what u feel sailor. now that i think bout it, i sure would hate to tell u to take him and ur dog get eaten. so, just for the record. i take my dog teal hunting, dove hunting over water, and he hunts every hunt with me cold or hot. never had a problem with gators. ive seen them on the way to the blind, but gators are scared of us like any other animal. never had one stick around while we were hunting. i keep my eye on my dog, but never been worried. (probably cuz ive grown up here and if i didnt bring him every time the weather was warm or the water was deep, then i wouldnt need a dog.) ok, now that i said that my dog will be eaten on the opener.
i do applaud your concern for your dog. if something happened to jack id have quit hunting probably, there would be a dead gator though. so if you are concerned then dont bring your dog.