Features July 2016 Issue

The Best Life Jackets for Dogs: Summer 2016

A good canine life jacket should fit the dog snugly, be well made of quality materials, and help, not hinder, the dogís ability to swim well.

The Best Life Jackets for Dogs: Summer 2016

Results of our tests of the best-selling canine life jackets, or PFDs for dogs (personal flotation devices). We favor the West Marine Neoprene Pet vest for experienced swimmers, and the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat for beginners.

A proper life jacket should be bright so you can see it from the beach or edge of a lake, and should have a snug fit. If itís too loose, it can entangle the dog or come off, or it will float above the dog while the dog bobs along in the water. If itís too tight, it can chafe and become uncomfortable, making it unlikely the dog will enjoy wearing it. A properly fitting life jacket should not restrict the dogís movement in or out of the water. And, of course, a life jacket should be well made, with strong materials and an adequate amount of buoyant material. We have two favorite doggy flotation devices this year - the West Marine Neoprene Pet vest for experienced swimmers, and the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat for beginners.

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