Who’s your favorite paddling partner? Wait, don’t answer that…we have a feeling we might know the answer. It’s not your friends or family, who too often have an excuse for why they can’t make it down to the water with you – no, it’s someone who’s always game for a trip outside. Someone who can’t say no to jumping onto a kayak, canoe or paddleboard and usually into the water too. Unless your dog has a fear of water, “man’s best friend” makes a great paddling partner and, just like any paddler, they need to be safe around the water. The best place to start is with a Dog PFD (personal flotation device).
What is the Benefit of a Dog PFD?
Unlike with people, there are no laws stating that dogs are required to have a life jacket when they hit the water. However, there are a number of benefits to outfitting your dog with a quality PFD that will protect the safe-being of your furry companion and as a result bring you peace of mind.
Whether it’s a distraction like waterfowl or just the allure of water, it’s hard for any dog to resist jumping overboard and doing some dog-paddling. It’s even harder for them to realize how tiring it can be. A dog PFD gives canines something to fall back on – to just sit back and float – if they need it. A quality one also includes reflective cloth for increased visibility and a handle that makes it easy and painless to pull them back on board your paddle craft, when they’re ready to of course.
What Are My Options?
We offer a wide variety of outdoor gear for you pooch, including two different dog PFDs at ACK.com. The first is the low profile Dog Life Jacket from NRS which comes at a lower price and with 1000 denier cordura material, providing buoyancy of up to 2.7-7.9 lbs. The second is the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat which would be considered the premium option of the two. It offers 4-14.5 lbs of buoyancy and is made with a thicker, ballistic nylon material.
While both have received glowing reviews, we though this recent customer feedback on the float coat was worth sharing:
“Although my dogs are great swimmers (Labradors) I bought this coat for kayaking with my dog. This coat fits all 3 of my dogs from 63 to 80 lbs with minor adjustments for each dog. However my 13 year old dog is scared of the vest, but once I get it on her she runs around happy like a puppy. I can pick her up by the handle to put on the kayak and it holds her without hurting her (like the cheap vests would). I let the dog get wet first and also dunk the vest in water to keep it a bit cooler on the dog. I highly recommend the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat. Great for aging dogs or just for safety.” - Susan L
So what are you waiting for? Grab your puppy a dog PFD for your next outing – we’re sure that he or she will appreciate it!