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While some dog breeds are natural swimmers — like retrievers and spaniels — others are less suited to the water. Either way, if you and your pup plan to spend time in or on the water, a dog life jacket is a wise investment. Even good swimmers can tire, have trouble staying buoyant, and struggle to keep their heads above water.

Some breeds, such as Bulldogs, have body types less suited to swimming and will need help staying afloat. If your dog accompanies you on a boat, a personal flotation device (PFD) is essential. To help you and your dog stay safe in the water, we’ve compiled a list of four of the best dog life jackets. Here are our top picks:

Tips for Choosing a Dog Life Jacket

Before we share our picks, let’s quickly break down what you should be looking for when choosing a dog life jacket. Although there are no standards for dog life jackets, there are some features you should look for:

  • Handle: A handle on the dog life jacket will make it easier for you to grab hold of your dog if necessary. It also makes it easier to teach your dog to swim. You can guide him in the water until he feels confident swimming on his own.
  • D-ring: The dog life jacket or vest should have a D-ring so you can attach a leash.
  • Dog life jacket vs. dog life vest: Decide whether you need a dog life jacket or a vest. Dog life jackets cover more of your dog and provide both buoyancy and visibility. They’re recommended for boating and other water activities. If your dog swims primarily in a pool, on the other hand, you might be OK with a life vest. A life vest is typically lighter, covers less of your dog, and is easier for casual swimming.
  • Color: Although dog life jackets come in all sorts of colors and prints, bright colors, or life jackets with a reflective strip, will make it easier to spot him in the water.
While some dog breeds are natural swimmers — like retrievers and spaniels — others are less suited to the water. Either way, if you and your pup plan to spend time in or on the water, a dog life jacket is a wise investment. Even good swimmers can tire, ha
While some dog breeds are natural swimmers — like retrievers and spaniels — others are less suited to the water. Either way, if you and your pup plan to spend time in or on the water, a dog life jacket is a wise investment. Even good swimmers can tire, ha

Hobie Pet PFD

$41.99
Does your dog go everywhere with you? Now you can be sure that your best friend goes along with you safely. Why leave family at home while you enjoy a day on the water? Added flotation as a swim assist and grab handles, so you can help them back aboard mo
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Additional safety for any dog that spends time near the water. The NRS Canine Flotation Device gives you peace of mind by providing extra flotation for your best friend. Simple design fits snug and secure without interfering with the dog'

MTI Under Dog PFD

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$52.95 $39.00
Like humans, some dogs are better swimmers than others. And like all swimmers, they will eventually tire. Even a good swimmer might be disoriented from the shock of falling in the water. Most pet life jackets are designed to keep the animal in a horizonta

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