Life Jackets For Dogs
You've no doubt heard the saying - if anything can go wrong, it will! So bear in mind, the majority of accidents usually happen when we're least expecting them.
Life Jackets For Dogs - Safety Considerations
- Not all dogs are comfortable around water and may really panic if they fall in.
- Senior dogs and those with handicaps would be especially vunerable without a dog life preserver.
- Small dogs may not have much natural floatation or stamina.
- Dogs often jump in the water without warning if they spot something interesting.
- You can't watch your dog every minute on a boat and even the best dog sailor could fall overboard.
- Boat docks can be busy and hazardous places.
- Boat decks can be very slippery and sudden swells can make everyone lose their footing.
Benefits of A Dog Life VestIt's not uncommon for dogs to go along on boating trips during family vacations to wilderness areas. We love to take our dogs on adventures and have them share in the fun.
We just have to remember that safety comes first when we are in unknown waters.
So if Rover is joining the party, he has to have a life jacket along with everyone else. Having got that out of the way and before you board the boat, check its weight limitations so that you don't overload it.
If you are in an area where the water is cold, wear clothing to protect yourself against hypothermia as an extra safety measure.
In the event of an accident, you will be more able to help others if you are not getting overly cold yourself. And when it comes to Rover, life jackets for dogs also provide some insulation for them so that they don't use all of their energy to stay warm in the water.
Another important tip is not to tether your dog inside the boat. If your boat should capsize, Rover's chances of survival would be very slim tied to an overturned boat.
Dog Life Jackets For Camping And RaftingCamping trips to idyllic settings beside a shallow stream may seem like a safe place to let your dog have a paddle. But you could be fooled.
Even innocent looking waters can have patches of dangerous undertow and a dog with a wet coat will have little buoyancy to fight a strong current. A dog life vest or jacket in this situation would for sure be his best lifeline!
If you like the more rugged sports of rafting or canoeing that often take you into rough waters and you want to take Rover along, please do it
s l o w l y.
Even if your dog has lots of stamina for land based fun, water sports are an altogether different matter. So you'll want to ease into these trips until you get to know his limitations.
Being that river rides are so much more challenging, there is no way Rover can go along without a dog life jacket. It's just not an option.
You can't afford the risk of being distracted when you're dealing with the ever changing conditions and hazards on a river.
Even the most experienced navigator can have an upset - nuff said!
Life Jackets For Dogs - Choosing One For Your DogHere are some of the features you should look for in good quality life jackets for dogs:
- Provides excellent buoyancy
- Highly durable yet comfortable materials
- Adjustable straps so that jacket can fit snugly
- Handles on the back to assist in rescue
- Provides warmth
- High visibility neon colors
- Easy to put on your dog
- Easy laundering
- Allows your dog to move freely in the water
Measuring GuideMeasuring your pet for a dog life jacket is an important part of the buying process if you want to have a better chance of getting the vest to fit the first time.
Take a look at the diagram below which shows the main areas to measure. You can then compare these numbers to the manufacturer's sizing.
Also. take into consideration the shape of your dog and the main areas where you want the jacket measurements to be a closer fit.
Once you get the jacket, check how it supports the head area while keeping the torso more or less horizontal in the water. And, most importantly make sure your dog looks calm, comfortable and stable while swimming in the jacket.
Did you notice the cute dog at the top of this page? Here is where you can get a dog life jacket like the one he is wearing. It's a reflective, adjustable vest with enhanced buoyancy and a rescue handle. Made by Vivaglory with Ripstop material, the jacket comes in many colors and is designed with swimming boating and canoeing in mind.
Next time you go to the waterfront for some fun, you'll be glad you planned for Rover's safety by taking along a life jacket for your dog.
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