In the only-known survey of pet flotation devices, Whole Dog Journal
has awarded this style of dog life jacket "Four Paws" -
their top rating.
The design of these life jackets enables fast size adjustment of a resilient product ensuring a flexible, comfortable fit, protecting your dog from both cold and heat.
Buoyancy is provided by three high-density expanded polyethelene (EPE) panels fitted along the jacket's length. Two additional EPE panels are located under the dog's head, raising it above the body and keeping it clear of the water level.
The jackets are designed to float your dog in a horizontal swimming position. The dog's own body shape, with most weight distributed at the rear end, allows the body to tilt, further raising the head above the level of the body and clear of the water level. Unlike many other kinds of buoyancy aids on the market these jackets provide an even level of flotation along the dog's back, offering enhanced comfort and support.The high luminosity pink or blue polka dot or luminescent yellow/green fabric offers high visibility whilst additional reflective strips enable identification in poor visibility conditions.
The jackets combine three different deniers of fabric with velcro panels and plastic snap-click fastenings to offer the optimum combination of security and comfort. The sophisticated, breathable panels which fit around the dog's tummy use a combination of neoprene and terylene, designed to shed water quickly, thus avoiding distressing over-heating and chafing and ensuring a comfortable experience for your dog.
Chest and neck straps are fully adjustable and feature tough self-fastening velcro panels. Located over the velcro panels, the quick-release snap-click fastenings create an extra layer of security, giving you the peace of mind of knowing your dog is safely secured within a double-closure.
The D-ring, conveniently fitted just in front of the grab handle, can be used to attach a leash or length of string, enabling your dog to be secured on deck (even better than being able to haul your dog out of the water is stopping him getting in in the first place!) or on a river-side walk chasing a stick thrown into the water whilst you have the reassurance that - if necessary - you can tow him back to the bank.
The grab-handle can be used for lifting the dogs directly out of the water; it's equally useful when just transferring your dog from ship to shore.
The life jacket can be worn with a collar or over a harness (if you plan to use it over a harness, remember to allow for the harness when you're measuring your dog's chest).
After-care: These resilient life jackets can be either hand rinsed in cool tap water or machine washed in a normal 40 degree wash, then tumble or hang dry.
To view a movie showing just how simple it will be
Spares pack included!If one of the prongs on a snap-click fastening breaks (and to date we've had one report of such a breakage!) it's highly unlikely that a do-it-yourself store (where these fastenings are readily available) will be near the beach or quayside where you're fitting the jacket on your pooch. With every jacket we include two replacement fastenings. You'll probably never need to use one of the spares - but it'll be worth its weight in gold if you do!
|Last updated: 1 September 2010
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