Good dog life jacket brands?

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  1. Cali Mae

    Cali Mae Little dog, big voice

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    Since it's summer, and Cali is fully grown (at the grand total of 5.0lbs), I figure that it's about time to buy her a nice quality life jacket. It's not that she can't swim, I just think she'd enjoy it more if she didn't have to paddle her little heart out just to get places. (although I do keep my hands underneath her just in case)

    So, does anyone have some life jacket brands that they could recommend? (and ones that have super small sizes!)
     
  2. JacksonsMom

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    We have Outward Hound brand and EzyDog brand.

    The Outward Hound one, I liked, but found it was a bit on the "bulkier" side. It also has the typical velcro strap underneath the belly (which is normal on most life vests) but Jackson can't stand anything going under his belly, hence why I bought the EzyDog life jacket (which is more like a "harness" as it's nylon straps that buckle underneath his belly).

    I personally think the EzyDog one would fit a 5lb Pap better than the Outward Hound but maybe that's just me. I would say that the Outward Hound seems a bit more secure ... but for Jackson's case, it's mainly just used for swimming in the backyard pool, it works perfect. Like, when it comes to if I had to pick him up out of the water by the handle .. I'd want to use the Outward Hound as it's supporting the whole belly with the big flap, whereas the Ezydog just has two nylon straps. I tried to do it the other day and he kind of whined like it hurt his belly when all of his weight was being lifted by two little straps, if that makes sense.

    Here's the micro ones:
    http://store.ezydog.com/micro-doggy-floatation-device/

    Jackson is 16lbs and it says the micro is for 15lbs and under but he fits fine in the XS Micro (girth 12-19.5", length 10-13.5"). It's a bit shorter in the back than his Outward Hound but I like that better.

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  3. Cali Mae

    Cali Mae Little dog, big voice

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    Thanks!

    I'll look into both but I'll likely go with the EzyDog one as she'll likely just be swimming in our pool anyways, and if we do go anywhere else, I'd be swimming with her so the straps wouldn't likely be a problem. I'd just like something that stays in place and doesn't ride up on her neck or something. :)
     
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    We have the outward hound one for blitz when he goes on the boat. Think we will stick with it for the others if we get more. He is generally the only one that goes out though!
     
  5. Katkoota

    Katkoota cRaZy AbOuT DOGS

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    We put on the life jackets when we go surfing. I got the malts their very first life jackets late last year. We got them the Ruffwear brand. Let me see if I can find pictures for you.
     
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    Katkoota cRaZy AbOuT DOGS

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    The only thing that I don't like are the straps hanging underneath. With my small dogs, it can get in the way. Snowy swam out of his jacket once. Actually, he's been swimming all his life without the jacket. He built those swimming muscles thoughout the year, so he wasn't nervous at all about losing the jacket. He actually speeded afterwards, but I still didn't expect him to swim out of it lol. I mean, you would want the jacket to stay on. Less straps for my malts are better. So I ordered the newest ruffwear life jackets. Link to them: http://www.ruffwear.com/-9-float-coat?sc=2&category=694 You can see that the straps are nicely hidden inside, not hanging. I didn't try it on the malts yet, but I can't wait once I return to them. I'll let you know.

    I also ordered the Fido float for Snowy (after the swimming out of the Rufwear jacket and the hanging straps) and the outward hound life jacket for Crystal. I didn't receive these, so I will let know once I get them and then try them on the malts in water too.

    Can you tell that I missed my dogs so much :p I went crazy shopping for them despite the fact that they always swim in the pool without any life jacket (only in oceans and big lakes), but then again, I didn't buy them anything for ages.
     
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    We've tried the Outward Hound and Hurtta vests. I far prefer the Hurtta vest - it's much more flexible, has more reflectives, and the clips and handle are much heavier duty. The sizing does seem to run a bit small in the Hurtta brand, so do keep that in mind.
     
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    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Brittany, I hope you don't mind if I piggyback on this thread and ask, is there a brand that runs long in the back? I'd really to get Keeva a lifejacket. She loves water and can definitely swim, but I think a lifejacket would really give her some confidence. But I feel like I'm gonna need to put a waterwing around her butt.... Any suggestions?
     
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    I just got one from Petco, it's the Petco brand. I actually really, really like it. Very secure, doesn't slip around anywhere. Zuma is a funky size so I was impressed that it fit her so well!

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    Out if curiousity what price ranges do the hurtta vests tend to run? I'm going to probably need to get Cricket one for beginning dock diving practice and would prefer something not too bulky and not expensive.

    Can't get one right now since I can't afford one, but hoping I'll be able to before the practice run coming up.
     
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    I think 75 ish? I did find with the Hurtta harness that it fit Backup well but Sloan is a bit too deep chested for a proper fit, I wonder if it's similar with the lifejackets? I do *love* Backups new hurtta harness though. :)
     
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    You really need to go try some on. As my guys are fit, off the rack stuff fits them funny. Cider has the older 6-7 years old outward hound life jacket, fits her great. The new style.. does not it her at all. She's all the wrong dimensions including back length. Smudge fit well in the new lime green outward hound.. then last summer he had a growth spurt, so I gave it to Dekka. He fits into her eco life jacket.. I'd like to get one of those now.

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    Surprisingly, having it taught Cider how to swim properly. This year she gets in Kerri's pond, no life jacket.. swims politely, seems to like it. Got in the pool for the first time in a few years last week, put her life jacket on, swam a few polite laps around the pool, no claws, happy to be there. She used to HATE water.. clawed you, tried to claw the pool liner.. acted like she was drowning... the life jacket changed her life..
     
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    Hurtta's run $60-70 - about the same as Ruffwear. Outward Hound is usually around $30.

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