Why does a dog need a lifejacket? Dogs tend to be natural swimmers and are more likely than humans to survive a water emergency by swimming to safety. However, they often panic in unfamiliar environments or when they are not sure how deep the water is. A dog life jacket will allow them to stay above water even if they cannot swim well, are a small weak dog, or an elderly dog that struggles with joint pain.
Dogs can become exhausted and drown in water, even if they’re strong swimmers. Plus, they don’t have the ability to tread water like humans do, so they can easily sink below the surface if they tire out.
A life jacket can also help boost a dog's confidence when they are new to swimming or are not a strong swimmer. It can be used as a teaching tool to help dogs learn to swim and make swimming more enjoyable for them. A life jacket can help your dog stay afloat if they fall into deep water, get caught in a strong current, fall off a boat or if they got hurt.
Finally, life jackets are often brightly colored and come equipped with safety handles to make it easier to spot and maneuver dogs out of danger if needed. If you have a small dog, it is important to get a life jacket that fits them properly, so they don't slip out. Most life jackets will come in sizes ranging from XS to XXL, so finding one that will fit your pup shouldn't be too difficult.
The most important factor when choosing a life jacket for your dog is safety. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, certain breeds, like small dogs and senior dogs, may not have the strength or stamina to stay afloat for long periods of time.
The best way to make sure that your dog is safe when swimming is to have a life jacket on at all times.
To your fun in the water,
Coach Trina at Dragoyle.com