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Photo Friday: Keeping your dog safe on the water

This photo was taken last July at Devil’s Lake (or “D Lake”), just outside Lincoln City, Oregon. I love how both the boy and the dog are wearing life jackets. I often hear people scoffing about life jackets for dogs (“dogs can swim!”), but they’re really an essential item for dogs who go kayaking, canoeing, boating or sailing with their people. Not all dogs can swim, in fact, and even if they can, they can’t swim for long, especially in cold water or a current. (I’d bet you anything you name that the boy in this picture swims like a fish, but he has a lifejacket on because he’s not, in fact, a fish. Same goes for a dog.)

Chloe is not a strong swimmer, to put it mildly, and her fur weighs her down once it soaks through. We bought her an Evolution Marine One life vest because we liked the way it fit around her neck, and because it happened to be available (I can’t remember where — West Marine? Mud Bay?). It has the crucial grab-handle on the back, but I don’t know how it stacks up against the other dog life vest products out there. If you have a life vest for your dog that you really like, would you let me know about it in a comment?

Photo by mrsparks

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  • Angie C

    My little Francie has the same vest as the Doxie in the photo! It’s by ‘Outward Hound’ and I really like the way it fits, especially the flap under the chin to help hold her face up and out of the water. With the velcro as well as buckles it can’t accidentally come loose or off. I bought it at PetsMart and am well pleased with it!

  • Thanks so much to you both — and extra thanks to you, Angie, for the life vest recommendation — really useful!!

  • Jana Rade

    I am glad I don’t have to feel silly. Getting our dogs safety vests was the first thing we did when considering boat rides.

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