All About Dog Life-Jackets

pit bull dog in a life jacket in a red canoe on a calm lake

As summer approaches, we all look forward to spending more time outside with our pups! Many dog owners immediately head to the nearest body of water for some R&R on the lake or by the pool. Most dogs love water and are natural swimmers. However, there are some breeds which are a little less graceful than others when it comes to the doggy paddle. Having fun with your pet is super important but so is safety. It may seem a little silly to purchase a life-jacket for your dog, but they come in handy for other reasons, too.

Does my dog really need a life-jacket?

If your dog is a water hound, you may feel as if a life-jacket isn’t necessary; however, if you are doing any watersports and your dog is along for the ride, there is always a chance for your pup to spontaneously take a dip – planned or not. When that happens, having one will come in handy.

Here are a few reasons to consider getting one:

  • They come in a variety of sizes and colors. Whether you have a Welsh Corgi or a Golden Retriever, life-jackets come in all sizes and colors for easily spotting your furry friend. Some include a reflective strip.
  • They act as a harness. The best life-jackets have a “D-ring” on the back where a leash can be attached, which is convenient for getting in and out of the car and boat.
  • They have a handle and other nifty compartments. Like a backpack, most life-jackets will have a handle to easily lift your dog in and out of the water. Some even have small, light-weight compartments for storing doggie waste bags.

With these reasons in mind, we picked a few of our favorite life-jackets, as recommended by the AKC.

The Best Life-Jackets for Dogs

1. Outward Hound Granby Dog Life Jacket – A great option for all breeds! This jacket comes in five sizes from extra-small to extra-large with several different safety features and flotation panels.

2. Kimol Shark Fin Dog Life Jacket – If your dog is aiming for the cutest jacket, this is it! With an adorable shark fin, this vest will keep your pup afloat for all water activities.

3. Vivaglory Dog Life Jacket – As the highest-rated jacket, this option will keep your pup safe and secure with extra padding and plenty of room for movement.

4. Hurtta Dog Life Savior Jacket – For the pro pups, this jacket is specially designed for dogs who are always in the water! It’s lightweight and allows for free movement in the water and on land.

If you have any questions about the safety precautions or style of jacket that’s best for your dog, please reach out to us. We’d be happy to advise you in making the best decision for your pet!

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