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SUMMER SWIM ADVENTURES: BEST DOG-FRIENDLY FLOATATION DEVICES

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Let’s face it – your dog goes where you go. He follows you to the park. She joins you for coffee with friends. It seems they are never far away and that’s okay because seeing your doggy bound after you on your adventures is an awesome experience. But we want to keep them as safe as they are happy when it comes to summertime swim outings. Check out our list of tips and favorite floatation devices both you and your pup will love.

What to Look for in a Dog Life Jacket

While there are lots of choices when it comes to dog life vests – they are not all created equal. You’ll want to review buoyancy of the vest – this is what keeps Fido afloat. A top-rated life jacket will have floatation sections that surround your pup’s chest, including belly, back, and sides. You’ll also want the color of the life vest to be bright. That way he or she is easy to spot by other swimmers, boaters, and waterskiers. The life jacket should also have a handle for you to use when helping them into and out of the water. Lastly, the vest you choose should fit well allowing your doggy to float comfortably, lie down, and relieve themselves when nature calls.

Top-Rated Ruffwear K9 Float Coat

Aside from a catchy name, Ruffwear’s Float Coat is a top-rated life vest. It features everything you need – buoyancy, bright color, and a convenient handle, but gets high marks for high quality and its ability to withstand wear and tear.

Outward Hound Granby Life Jacket

Popular and reputable, Outward Hound’s dog life vest features a front floatation feature, which helps keep your pups head above water. Plus, the price for this vest places it in the very affordable range.

Kurgo Surf n Turf Dog Life Vest

Kurgo’s life jacket plays double-duty. Not only does it serve as a floatation device for your furry friend, it acts as a three-season jacket keeping your dog warm and dry during the colder months. A lifetime warranty and a great buy for casual lake outings.

Here’s to enjoying every summer adventure with your dog at your side. Visit our blog and discover more tips on how to make summer fun and safe for you and your favorite four-legged companion.

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