There are dogs that naturally like to be around water and then there are dogs that hesitate to go close to water at all. If you‘re a water person you want to get your dog a good float coat or dog swim life jacket – and then there is nothing in your way to enjoy water sport together with your dog.
Back in Switzerland in our vet office we sometimes recommended swimming tasks for dogs with certain health issues. In those cases we always encouraged the owners to get a well fitting dog swim life jacket for their dogs.
I‘m a water person so I always enjoy seeing dogs jump joyfully into water and swim and paddle around before returning to their owner. Having a dog that loves being around water is great. But you want to be sure that your dog is safe.
This is the moment when a dog float coat comes into the picture. A dog swim life jacket is great for both: dogs that love being around water and dogs that are hesitant to go close to water. Wearing it you can be sure that your dog is always safe around water.
A good dog float coat fits your dog perfectly and allows all kinds of swimming and paddling movements. It keeps your dog nicely balanced while he swims or walks in water.
Other features that make a dog life vest great is a stable handle by which you can lift your dog out of water if you want to. They also should have a D-ring for the leash. And many dog life vests come with a reflective trim for enhanced visibility.
Please consult the brand of your chosen dog float coat and measure your dog according to their recommendations. Thus you may find the perfect size for your dog. Also consider getting a slightly bigger size if you get the dog swim jacket for a puppy in order to fit him when he grows bigger.
Ruffwear Float Coat for Dogs
- Constructed from time-proven abrasion-resistant materials
- With easy-to-clip sheltered buckles
- Strategically placed closed cell foam panels for natural swimming position
- Strong low-profile handle
- Adjustable telescoping neck closure and reflective trim
- Available in 6 sizes and 5 colors
I have a little Frenchie named Fat Chance and she is very hard to fit. This jacket fit her little stout body perfect. It was also extremely buoyant and held her up nicely. I believe this jacket is the only type that have floatation on the underside as well as the sides.
Absolutely wonderful! Couldn’t ask for anything better. We bought a large for our 90 lbs. male German Shepherd. It fits good, it works great & does not slide around at all. Also the handle on the back is very sturdy & we’re able to lift him out of the water. Highly recommend.
This doggy life jacket is fantastic. I followed the size guidelines on Ruffwear’s website, and the jacket fits my dog perfectly. She also gets compliments about how cute it looks. The color in the photo is true. Their products are high quality. I don’t hesitate to purchase or recommend them.
EzyDog Dog Life Vest
- Adjustable design with 50% more floation material
- Adjustable neoprene straps for ergonomic secure fit
- Ergonomic integrated grab handle
- Highly reflective integrated trim
- Custom sizying for a perfect fit: comes in different sizes and colors
This is a wonderful dog life vest. I like the color of this one and there is a nice zipper pocket on it. The reflectors on here are nice as well.
We got this PFD for our 7 month Corgi. He loves the water but hadn’t quite figured it all out yet. The difference between when he swims without it and with it on is huge. Quality wise – I am super happy with it. All of the straps are super sturdy and comfortable.
I bought this recently and used it for the first time a few weeks ago and I must say it works great. The entire vest appears to be very well made. The straps stay in position very well. The vest keeps the dog afloat quite evenly in the water and is very easy to see, even from a distance. The grab handle works great and didn’t seem to have an issue supporting the full weight of 50lbs. My dog seemed to really enjoy it! Overall, a great purchase!
Vivaglory Dog Life Jacket
- Available in 5 sizes and 7 colors
- Reflective feature and extra bright safety colors
- Built with extra padding for strong buoyancy
- Heavy duty comfortable Velcro fastening system around belly and neck
- Convenient top grab handle and D-ring for a leash
- Adjustable nylon straps and quick-release buckles
This vest has a full stretchy underbelly panel with velcro closure. The buckles underneath close over the velcro panels, so it’s easy to put it on, shape it to his body with the velcro closures, then clip him in. I can pick him up with the handle and he doesn’t slide out of it. It is very comfortable for him, perfect to wear for safety.
Wanted to make sure he had a quality life jacket and strong supports I could use to pick him up with. Found this one and I am very happy with it. There is plenty of padding. He seems cocomfortable with It and gives me peace of mind knowing he is safer with it on.
Worked perfectly for my dog! Fully adjustable and they handle on top is very convenient for steering him as needed. Even has a place to attach a leash, just in case.