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Erin Stewart 06-20-2011 07:47 PM

Dog life preserver
 
What type of dog life preserver do you recommend? We have a golden retriever who is 2 years old and she jumps in the water alllllll the time. Thanks!

jwurl 06-20-2011 07:56 PM

I have a couple 70lb Goldendoodles I take swimming all the time. I bought the pricey Paws Aboard life jackets for them from Petsmart. They really do not provide enough flotation for the dogs to relax in the water without wearing themselves out. I ended up buying small/medium Kidder life jackets for people from Walmart for them. I just put their front paws through the arm holes and buckle it up on the top of their backs. They work tons better and the dogs can just float and relax. Have fun.. Jeff Wurl

Rookie 06-20-2011 09:43 PM

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I use an insulated vest from Avery for my Chocolate when duck hunting. He could be in the water for hours. And in the cold water it keeps his heat in. Also it is nice to have the handle to pick him up into the boat when needed.
http://www.averysportingdog.com/products/Vests.php

the bear 06-22-2011 09:53 AM

No pic but we have a great dane and we just bought a neoprene vest XL for a person and put it zipper on top and it fits her great, we used too by dog vests and she would wear them out one a year, they were junk, and this one has lasted two years and looks brand new.

Baja_342 06-22-2011 12:30 PM

My parents and brother both have labs. They use the Paws Aboard one. The handle is nice to help them out of the water. Good snug fit. Neither dog really stops when they're in the water so can't comment on what jwurl said.

bsebesy 06-26-2011 11:20 AM

We have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and they both have the paws aboard jackets. They don't swim much, but they seem not to notice the jackets when on. The nice thing is the handle. One's 11lbs and the other's 20lbs, I can snatch them up like two cases of beer when they get into trouble.

antknee 07-07-2011 05:08 PM


Originally Posted by the bear (Post 3435677)
No pic but we have a great dane and we just bought a neoprene vest XL for a person and put it zipper on top and it fits her great, we used too by dog vests and she would wear them out one a year, they were junk, and this one has lasted two years and looks brand new.


Does it keep her afloat?

Tomcat12 07-09-2011 10:06 AM

We use the Ruffwear pet lifejacket. It has padding underneath the straps and let's the dogs stop and relax while still floating. We have one for both of our dogs and the handle is great. You can getting one hand on the handle and one on the back of the lifejacket to get leverage to lift bigger doggy dogs. This really helps since one of my dogs weighs 65 and the other is 85. The large big
eddy works great for our big dog.

wantsa311 09-06-2011 01:18 PM

I used to think they were silly until our new to us pit fell in while we were docked. By the time I got to the back of the boat and emptied my pockets he was going down for the last time.

Too far from the boat to reach, I had to jump in and haul him back. Bought a preserver at West Marine that day and he wears it all the time he is on the boat except when sleeping. He doesn't mind it at all and I think it helps keep him warm when he swims since he has really short hair.

What ever the brand, please buy one.


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