Despite the term “doggy paddle,” not every canine is a strong swimmer. If you plan to take your dog on a canoe trip or water-related adventure, you might want to invest in a life jacket. Ruff Wear makes all manner of dog gear, and the quality and function of their dog life jackets is solid. The highlighted feature is the positioning of the flotation cells, which cause your dog to float horizontally in the water, making swimming natural and easy. Ruff Wear’s dog life jackets are offered in two styles, the Portage Float Coat and the beefed-up version, the Big Eddy Float Coat.
The Portage (MSRP $49.95) reviewed here, comes in sizes XXS to XL. The life jacket is fully adjustable with two buckling belly straps and a buckle and Velcro tab around the neck. The top of the life jacket has a handle for plucking your pup from the water and a D-ring for attaching a leash. The portage is offered in both bright green and orange with reflective taping for better visibility both in the water and out. More information at www.ruffwear.com. –Kate Watson