I know if the weather is like it is here, most of you are shivering in your boots. So why not talk about some summer fun? I’m sure most of you enjoy a weekend camping trip to the lake with boating, swimming and fishing. Plus, I know you take your dog along with you!
Dogs are natural swimmers, right? They don’t need a life jacket. Well, in some cases dogs are excellent swimmers, in others, not so much. A smaller dog tires more easily and is more likely to get pulled under by a good size wave either from the wind or a boat wake. Also, dogs with very little body fat, such as Whippets, Dobermans, Boxers and Chihuahuas have a hard time staying afloat and regulating body temperature.
A doggie life jacket not only helps your dog stay afloat, it allows him to enjoy the water without having to constantly “doggie-paddle.” Most jackets provide extra buoyancy at the chest area to help keep your dog’s head out of the water. Many jackets also have a handle on the top to help easily retrieve your dog from the water should he happen to get excited and jump out of the boat. The jacket also provides an extra layer of insulation to protect your dog should the water be cold.
There are many different varieties and types of dog life jackets available, and there are no set sizing guidelines, so be sure to measure your dog and try one out before you buy it! Be sure that it fits snugly, but not too tight and that when you lift him by the handle, he won’t fall out of the jacket. (Just think of a wet dog panicking in the water and you will understand why this is important!)
Are you thinking about a trip to the lake and have spring fever now? Just a few more months and you and your dog will be out enjoying the lake on your first camping trip of the year!