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Did you know that not all dogs can swim? Some dog breeds just aren’t built to swim, like Greyhounds, Pugs, Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers and Shih Tzus. And even the best swimmers, like Labradors Retrievers and Poodles, can tire out.
Whether boating, heading to the beach or lake, or just lounging by the pool, help ensure your dog's swimming safety with a dog life jacket. Our collection of dog life jackets comes in all kinds of shapes, patterns and sizes.
I regularly use a life jacket on my GSP, a swimming breed, when out on the boat or paddle boarding, as a precaution if she were to jump overboard. She’s full of energy and I wouldn’t put it past her to leap without thinking it through.
On the other hand, my Lurcher, a Greyhound mixed breed, falls into the category of non-swimmers. Sadly, his bottom sinks straight to the bottom if he tries swimming. Instead, he is happily resigned to wading up to his shoulders, paws still firmly planted on the floor below.
Accidents can and do happen. A few months ago, my neighbor pulled an exhausted dog out of the saltwater canal we live on, saving its life. The dog had fallen in down the street and a strong current had carried the dog a half mile down the canal. Luckily for the dog, my neighbor spotted the struggling animal, which by this point was exhausted from paddling with no way out.
If you’re planning on any water sports with your pal this summer, I recommend reading this insightful article by our friends at Furtropolis on 10 Reasons Why Your Dog Needs a Life Jacket. Plus, I’ve included links above to Hill’s and The Spruce Pets articles outlining swimming and non-swimming breeds.
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