Why would you need a dog life jacket? My sisters and I love swimming in pools, ponds, lakes, and the ocean. We can all swim, so why would a life jacket be necessary? Just as humans who can swim need one sometimes, so does your dog.
My GBGV Life received one Outward Hound Granby RipStop Dog Life Jacket from Chewy.com to review as a member of the Chewy Influencer Program. My GBGV Life did not receive any monetary compensation for this review, and receives no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of My GBGV Life.
In the past, we have needed a life jacket, and have had to borrow one, so when Chewy.com asked us to review the Outward Hound Granby RipStop Dog Life Jacket as a we said, “yes.” They really do have everything a dog might need available online, at good prices, and with fast shipping!
Not all dogs can swim. If you have a non swimming dog, a life jacket would be a must around water. We don’t wear one normally at the beach, but if we go out on a boat, are in a place with strong currents, or large waves it is a safety feature we don’t want to be without. Dogs have a lot of energy, but we can only dog paddle for so long. A life jacket can save our lives if we get too tired to keep swimming.
The Outward Hound life jacket we received is super simple to put on and will work for all three of us according to the size and weight chart. To put it on, first the buckles have to be opened and straps resized.
Next Mom puts it over Madison’s back and around her neck. The velcro around her tummy needs to be put together snugly, but not too tight. The straps around the back and tummy need to be snapped together, as well as the one around her neck.
Make sure the flotation cushion is out and under your dog’s chin to help them keep their head above water if need be.
We didn’t have access to a boat for our review, so Madison will demonstrate her life vest at the beach. Since she is pretty short, she doesn’t have to go in too far before her paws no longer touch the bottom of the lake. At first she was confused when she tried to swim because she was floating, but within seconds she forgot all about her dog life jacket, and started paddling. We had to keep her on a long leash as she wanted to head for the beach to chase ducks!
One of the most important life jacket features is the handles on the back, allowing you to grab your dog. If your dog falls off the boat and can’t get back in, you can just grab her.
In the above photo, you can see how the float cushion under Madison’s chin helps keep her head above water while she is swimming.
Madison adjusted well to wearing the dog life jacket. Mom would like to try paddle boarding with us, and we would need to wear a life jacket if we try that. Overall, we are super happy with the Outward Hound life jacket, and may actually buy a second one from Chewy.com. Has your dog tried swimming in a life jacket?