Before I started working in the “Pet Industry”,
the thought of a dog Lifejacket had never even crossed my mind.
Why would it? Our dogs can swim.
All dogs can swim.
It’s in their nature.
It’s what they do, right?
Well, no, not really. Some breeds can swim, others can’t. It’s that simple.
Swimming breeds are pretty easy to spot. They’re the ones that typically have long legs, a leaner body type, a longer muzzle, and on closer inspection-webbed feet.
These would be your English Setters, Portuguese Water Dogs, Retrievers, Poodles and Labs. Your cool surfers at the beach type of dog. However, even water dogs need to learn to swim and be comfortable in the water. Never assume your dog can swim just because he falls into a water dog category.
Some breeds love water but are not physically built to be swimmers. Breeds of this nature like the Bulldog, Dachshund, Pekingese, Basset Hound and Corgi have a tougher time in the water due to their short legs, long or barrel chested bodies and shorter muzzle. Lifejackets can allow these breeds some water time in complete safety.
When You Need a lifejacket
• All boaters, canoeists and kayakers. Your dog may be an awesome swimmer, but waves or a strong current can put the best of us in our place. Even good swimmers get tired.
• Older dogs or dogs with mobility issues.
• Dogs with low body fat like Greyhounds or Whippets. They have trouble staying afloat.
• Dogs with short legs, a short or flat muzzle, long body or barrel chested.
• Overweight or out of shape dogs. These dogs will get tired quickly and will have trouble staying afloat.
• Breeds prone to Hip Dysplasia.
With so many dog breeds out there, it’s easy to forget that dogs, like humans, come in many different shapes and sizes. Sure, the term “doggy paddle” implies that all dogs can swim. It’s not the paddling they have problems with, it’s the “staying afloat” part that becomes the hurdle.
My assumptions were wrong.
Lifejackets are not a pet boutique accessory, but a very valuable piece of gear that could save your dogs life.
– Jason Hooper, Wild Pawz Owner