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Dog Life Jacket Reviews


Aquatic Dog Life Jacket by Guardian

I’d like to take a couple of minutes to tell you about the excellent life jacket from Guardian. It’s called the Aquatic Dog Life Jacket, and it comes in both yellow and orange.

Aquatic Dog Life Jacket by Guardian

Nine different sizes! Sold in orange and yellow colors!

This life jacket comes in an unbelievable nine different sizes. Ranging from Teacup size to XX-Large.

The sizing guide from the manufacturer suggests measuring the length of your pet’s back from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. Use that length to determine which size to select.


Determining the best size dog life jacket

  • Teacup: 6″ length
  • XX-small 8″ length
  • X-Small: 10″ length
  • Small: 12″ length
  • Small/Medium: 14″ length
  • Medium: 16″ length
  • Large: 20″ length
  • X-Large: 24″ length
  • XX-Large: 30″ length

The customers who have purchased and used this Aquatic Dog Life Jacket always tell us that this life jacket helps their dogs swim easier so that they don’t choke on water. It’s easy to put on, durable, and the orange color makes your dog easy to spot. Some customers with extremely active dogs have reported that the quality is not up to par compared to some other dog life jackets. One customer with a 75 pound lab only got about 4 hours of use before it started to come apart.

The sizing instructions are vague compared to some of the other dog life jackets. We advise that Guardian come up with more ways to determine a good fit.

Sizing information from real customers

With that said, here’s some sizing recommendations we’ve seen from recent buyers:

The small size fit a 14 pound Yorkie Poodle dog.

A 55 to 75 lb Labrador Retriever fits well into the Large size.

We heard from the owner of a 25 pound Standard Wiener Dog who purchased a Small size life jacket. They reported that it fits perfectly.

One owner with an English Setter bought the Medium size and reported a perfect fit.

Get the small size if you have a 15-18 pound Jack Russell (smaller dog). We’ve heard from a customer that it fit perfectly out of the box with minimal need to adjust the straps.

The X-Small size should fit most 8 pound dogs, such as a Yorkshire Terrier.

If you have a longer dog, such as a South African Mastiff (more than 160 pounds) we suggest the X-Large size. Once you get up to the very large dogs it is a little bit more tricky to determin the exact fit. Definitely measure your dog and use the size chart above. For a very large dog such as a English Mastiff or a St. Bernard get the XX-Large size.

And last, but not least, if you have a cute little 5-6 pound Chihuahua they will look so cute in this life jacket. Just order the X-Small for them.

Aquatic Dog Life Jacket

So, what do you think?

So that about covers this dog life jacket. This life jacket gets pretty good reviews online, and we recommend it for light use. If you’re looking for a life jacket for maybe one or two trips, this one is perfect. If your looking for a life jacket that can last for years you may want to look at some of the other life jackets that have better durability.

This life jacket is currently for sale for $26 online and is a really great value.

Kurgo Atomic Drop Dog Life Jacket

Kurgo Atomic Drop Dog Life Jacket

Let’s say your dog is already a good swimmer, and you want something that can give them a little bit of a boost in the water but not something bulky.

That’s where the Kurgo Atomic Drop Dog Life Jacket comes in handy! This awesome life jacket provides both flotation, and comfort. It doubles as a sort of coat to keep your dog warm, and a life jacket.

Kurgo Atomic Drop Dog Life Jacket

The life jacket has two streps that go under your dogs chest, as well as a strap for under the neckline.

This life vest flotation piece can actually be removed to convert into a perfect waterproof shell or raincoat.

It also has two metal rings for attaching your dog leash. The vest is pretty versatile in that it can be a coat for winter and also a life jacket for those times you are at the lake or the ocean.

The red color is the only color option, but it’s reflective so you’ll always be visible at night.

Currently, the Kurgo Atomic Drop Dog Life Jacket sells for $48 on Amazon and it has a 4.5 star rating.

Kurgo Atomic Drop Dog Life Jacket Sizing

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Sizing information

  • X-Large size fits 35-45 inch girth, and 28-36 inch neck.
  • Large size fits 35-45 inch girth, and a 28-36 inch neck.
  • Medium size fits 24-32 inch girth, and a 18-27 inch neck.
  • Small size fits 18-25 inch girth, and a 12-23 inch neck.
  • X-Small size fits 14-20 inch girth, and 8-13 inch neck.

This life vest comes in a variety of sizes. We’ve heard from people who report that the medium size vest fits dogs like Labs of 55 lbs with room to grow. The entire vest is very well made.

For larger dogs, like German Shepherds or St. Bernards we suggest the X-Large size. If your dog is 100 lbs or more we’ve heard good reports that the X-Large size works for them.


If you have an English Cocker Spaniel, we suggest the Medium size.

For smaller dogs, such as a 16 pound Miniature Schnauzer, we suggest the Small size. It will fit really good and be a comfortable fit for the dog. Even a 9 pound Chihuahua fits better in a Small size than the X-Small.

I hope this sizing information is handy. Contact us if you have any questions about getting a great fit. We have seen lots of dog life jackets, and can usually recommend a size.

Kurgo Atomic Drop Dog Life Jacket

Earlier in my review I hinted that this provided a little bit less flotation than other live vests. I should clarify that this is a bona fide (or should I say bona fido) great life vest and will float your dog. It doesn’t have too much flotation under the dog, as it is mostly towards the dogs sides. But, don’t let this sway you as this is a terrific life vest with lots of happy customers.

Do you own this life vest? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!


Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket

The Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket is one of the most popular life jackets for dogs available today! It’s backed by a great company with lots of great products.

Best of all, the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat comes in 6 different sizes! You’re in safe hands with the Ruffwear!

Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket

The Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket comes in yellow and red. Actually, to be precise it comes in Dandelion Yellow and Red Currant. Oooh.


Here’s the high level cliff-notes:

  • Built with abrasion-resistant materials
  • Well-placed foam panels allow for natural swimming
  • Pull handle is positioned perfectly so your dog is easy to pull out of the water
  • Fits dogs of all sizes
  • One of the few vests with good flotation material under the chest which helps keep them higher in the water
  • Highly rated online! Amazon has 224 reviews for this product and a 5-star average rating! That’s almost unbelievable!
  • Neck adjusts for a range of sizes (telescoping neck panels make it easy to adjust)

The hardest part about making a decision is knowing which size is best for you. So, to help out I’ve gleaned the reviews online and present you with the sizes people say worked good for their dogs.

Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket

Sizing tips:

People with 90 to 100 lb dogs report that the large size works great for them. I know someone with a 100 lb Labrador retriever (and a 37″ girth) and they ordered an X-Large and it fit perfectly. This vest is constructed really well. For larger dogs, the addition of flotation devices under the belly really helps.

If you have a 40 lb Border Collie, you’ll be happy to know that people report the small size is perfect. It is better for you to have a snug fit, than too large. If your Border Collie is on the larger size, move up to a Medium.

Get the X-Small size for a Wire Fox Terrier.

One owner I know has a Lab/Collie mix and reports that they bought the Medium size for their dog (before the dog was fully grown) and now that the dog is over 60 lbs she still fits in the vest.

Another person has a Vizsla that is about 40 lbs and got the Medium size… they report that the handle is really strong and effective. The life vest just holds up really well to use.

If you have an English Bulldog of about 65 lbs you’ll probably want to get the Large size. I’ve heard reports from one dog owner that say the Large fits great.

For really small dogs of around 11 lbs and 16 inches girth you should get the XXS size.

One family reported that the Medium size is working well for their 65 lb boxer / pitbull mix. They said the telescoping neck was what made the difference.

If you have a lab mix and are debating between the Medium or Large size, we would recommend that you go with the Large. Especially if your dog is over 60 lbs. The Medium will be on the upper end of your fitting options.

German Shepherd dogs that weigh over 90-106 lbs should go with the X-Large size. That size should fit very well for larger dogs with a few inches to spare. You can always tighten up the straps to fit. I’ve heard of dogs that weigh up to 138 lbs fitting into the X-Large size, including German Shepherds.


So, in summary this is hands down the best life jacket for dogs that you can buy. People report to us over and over again that they love this life jacket. We know lots of people who start with one of the other brands, and end up with the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket.


Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket

This is a remarkable product, made by a remarkable company that really knows what they’re doing.

Just a tip on color: The yellow color will stand out the best in the water, and the red will blend in.

If you’ve purchased this life vest for your dog, we’d love it if you could leave a tip in the comments about what size you ordered and how it fit your dog.

Safe swimming!


SwimWays Sea Squirts Doggie Life Jacket

If you’re looking for a conversation starter, this is it!

This product is new, but everyone who has reviewed it on Amazon has given it 5-stars.

The SwimWays Sea Squirts Dog Life Jacket is a unique addition to the dog life jacket selection. This product is unique in that it has a dorsal fin. The product comes in two different sizes: Small, and medium.


Small: Designed for dogs 10-20 lbs with a chest size between 17-23″ and a neck size of 12-15″ which is suitable for smaller dogs and puppies.


Medium: The medium vest is for dogs that are 20-50 lbs with a chest size between 24-30″ and a neck size of 16-19″ which is large enough for a Labrador retriever.

Each of the life vests feature a dorsal fin that is flexible. They also have a handle on the back that make it easy to grab your dog and pull out of the water. They also have a metal ring for connecting a dog leash. Something that not all dog life jackets have.

These dog life vests are fully made for water with heavy duty fabrics and flotation. They’ll keep your dog safe in the water, even with waves.

SwimWays Sea Squirts Dog Life Jacket swimming vest for dogs

One of the best features about these life jackets (besides the dorsal fin!) are the excellent flotation material under the dogs neckline. This will certainly help to keep your dogs face out of the water, and assist them with swimming. There are two straps that secure the vest under your dogs belly, in addition to the strap under the neck.

The SwimWays company has been producing all kinds of great products for pets and people for years. You can buy with confidence that there’s a real company behind the SwimWays Sea Squirts Dog Life Jacket product.

Swimways Dog Life Jacket

Currently, the SwimWays life jacket sells for between $36-50 on Amazon, and ships via Amazon Prime.

Pink Dog Life Vest

Boating with Dogs: Keep Your Pet Safe On The Water!

Boating with dogs can be a fun adventure but you must be careful to make sure that your pets are safe when out on a boat. Not all dogs have large paws that are good for swimming and even those that are can quickly become tired and drown. This is why we recommend giving your pet a Dog Life Vest.

Boating with Pets

Dog life vests come in all sorts of sizes, shapes and colors. Whether your pet is a large pup with an eye for adventure or just a little guy. There are safety vests you can use to keep your pooch safe when out on the water.

The good news for cat lovers is that you can now get a pet life jacket small enough to fit your cat as well. While a cat is less likely to jump into the water. They can just as easily fall overboard. If your cat is anything like ours it likes to live on the edge and I mean that literally because our cat likes to sit on the edge of the boat and look down into the water.

Boating with Dogs Top 3 Safety Tips:

1. Wear a Life Jacket.

Be sure that you have a pet life jacket for your dog or cat and be sure to use the straps to make sure that it fits snugly around your pets chest. Make sure that your pets life vest is not to tight or it could make it harder for your pet to breath.

2. Provide some shade for your pet.

It is a good idea to have plenty of drinking water and perhaps a covered area for your pet to lay down so that they do not become overheated while out in the sun. Remember that unlike you your pet is always wearing a fur coat and needs to be able to stay cool on a hot day.

3. Bring Food and Snacks

If you plan to be out on the boat for long then it is a good idea to make sure that your pet has plenty of food and water. Dogs can burn energy fast and need to eat often and being out in the sun they will want lots to drink as well. So, make sure that you bring plenty of food for your pet to keep them happy and healthy.
When boating with dogs remember that keeping your dog safe could end up being the best decision you ever make. Just like billy found out when he took his dog Ajax out to explore an island when a storm came in suddenly and left him and a friend stranded. Read the story we covered where this boys dogs comes to his rescue and alerts rescue workers of their location.

Boating With Dogs


Outward Hound PupSaver Ripstop Dog Life Jacket on dog

Best Dog Life Jacket for Puppies

The weather is warming up and that means spending time at the lake, or rafting on a river this summer. It that also means bringing your pet along with you to the lake  you may be in the market for the Best Dog Life Jacket for Puppies to keep your pet safe.

Outward Hounds Best Dog Life Jacket for Puppies

The best dog life jackets are the ones that fit snugly, and don’t get in the way. You want to select a jacket that allows your dog to play freely and not tire easily.

That means it’s important to do your research about the best fit, and get a light jacket that won’t weigh down your dog. Keep in mind that life jackets are heavier when they are wet (not much you can do about that, though).

When I was a child we got a Cockapoo dog (that’s a mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle in case you were wondering). We took this dog everywhere with us! On road trips, camping, even sailing! Granted, I think sailing was his least favorite activity, but at least we knew he was safe.

Today I’m going to tell you about the Outward Hound PupSaver Ripstop Dog Life Jacket. This life jacket has a really long name, but when looking for the best dog life jacket for puppies the Outward Hound brand is all you really need to know! This life jacket comes in a bunch of sizes ranging from XX-Small to X-Large.

Dog Life Jacket Measuring Chart


I’ll try to outline the small sizes for you, and help you decide on the best fit for your puppy!

Small Dog Life Jacket

One of my favorite features of the Outward Hound PupSaver Ripstop Dog Life Jacket is the easy grab handles on the jacket. There are two of them, so you can easily grab your dog out of the water and lift your dog into your boat, or on dry land. I can’t tell you how useful this is! Especially in places where it’s difficult to get a grasp of your dog. Like in a canoe or a kayak where you don’t have very much leverage.


It also has a front float that goes under the dogs neck. These features alone make this the Best Dog Life Jacket for Puppies. This comes in quite handy and will help to keep your dogs head above water. Bigger dogs often don’t need this, but smaller dogs do! Especially in rough water where waves might splash the dog.

All of the straps are adjustable, and the life jacket features lots of reflective gear. The small life jacket size comes in orange or pink.

X-Small Dog Life Jacket

Similar to the small size, but a few inches smaller and for really small dogs or puppies. Use the provided chart to determine what size is best for your dog life jacket.

small dog life jacket


XX-Small Dog Life Jacket

For the smallest dogs and puppies! If you have a ultra small dog or a newborn puppy you can look to the XX-Small life jacket size. This size is perfect for dogs who are really small.


small pet life jacket


Dog Alerts Rescuers

Photo by Laura Foster


Recently 2 Germantown residents in their 20’s decided to take their kayak’s out to explore an island called Marsh Island.

As providence would have it Billy Shannon one of the Kayakers decided to bring his dog along for the adventure.
When they were about a 3rd of the way from shore winds began to pick up, Billy and his Dog had their kayak sideswiped by a wave that capsized the boat sending Billy and his dog into the cold river.

Billy and his friend Garrett Montgomery stayed calm and focused on getting to the island. Billy’s dog swam with them at first but then decided to turn around and trek back to shore for help.

As any good dog owner would Billy had put a dog life jacket on his smart and faithful pet. Equipped with his pet life jacket Ajax the dog was able to make the long swim back to shore and alert volunteer rescue workers of his owners location and saving the 2 boys lives.

Laura Foster wrapped the cold wet dog in a towel and then used her camera’s telephoto lens to spot the two men stranded on the island and alert the rescue team where to find them.

Without the life jacket Ajax might not have made it back to shore and the two men who were rushed to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia might not have made it.

Ajax is a courageous hero for turning back to get help to save his two human friends. If your thinking of going on a water adventure you might consider bringing your faithful companion along and who knows he might be the one to come to your aid when you least expect it. Just like Billy make sure your pets always have a Pet Safety Vest anytime they are near water.

Rescue Dog Life Vest


Outward Hound Pet Saver Dog Life Jacket Review

Have you seen the Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket sold by Kyjen? It’s a really extraordinary product and is definitely in the top selling dog life jackets. It’s very high quality, and has several features you’ll love.

outward hound dog life jacket

The Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket from Kyjen generally fits dogs of any age, and almost any weight. There are sizes fitting dogs that are 1 to 90+ lbs. Most dog life jackets have an easy grab handle, bright colors, and are made with waterproof materials (obviously!). This one from Outward Hound fits all of those needs.

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For a Golden Retriever (girth measurement around rib cage of 29″) you’ll want to order the extra-large life jacket. Many people who have ordered the large size end up having to return it. But, this is often due to the strap lengths, and not the velcro straps.

There’s a little design flaw, not major, but worth noting: The front strap is shorter than the back strap. You can see this in photos and other customer reviews. Newer versions may have fixed this design flaw. The front strap needs to be longer. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to do that, but if you purchase more strap material you can fit on a strap extension yourself.

Most dogs are not great swimmers. Whether it’s around the pool, at the lake, or on a boat, a life jacket can be a great safety tool. The Outward Hound dog life jacket comes in a few colors including pink and yellow.

For sizing:

  • XX-Small: Dogs with a girth of 6-10 inches and weighing 1-5 pounds
  • X-Small: Girth of 11-15 inches, and a weight of 5-10 pounds
  • Small: For dogs with 16-20 inch girth, and weighing 10-20 pounds
  • Medium: Girth of 21-27 inches, and weight of 20-40 pounds
  • Large: Girth of 27-32 inches, with weight of 40-65 pounds
  • X-Large: Dogs with a girth of 31-42 inches and weighing 70-90 pounds

If you need sizing help, I suggest checking Amazon reviews, or YouTube reviews.

outward hound - dog life jacket


Features of the Outward Hound Life Jacket:

  • It has a really awesome grab handle which makes it easy to grab your dog and pull them out of the water. Don’t discount the necessity for a good handle! You’ll want it when you need to pull a 50 pound wet Labrador retriever out of the water!
  • The straps and quick release buckles are all super-adjustable. What this means is you can get a snug fit with almost any size dog.
  • The front float assists with keeping the dogs head above water, so you don’t need to worry about the life vest sliding back or too far forward.

I highly recommend the Outward Hound product. Feel free to leave a comment here with any questions you might have about the product.


EzyDog doggy flotation device comes out on top compared to other dog life jackets

It would not be an exaggeration to call the EZYDog doggy flotation device a true life saver. The product’s durable materials and different sizes and colors to choose from make it a perfect fit for any canine companion. Anyone looking to keep their water loving pups safe and sound should not hesitate to put this jacket to the test. While it may be higher on the price scale than other dog life jackets, rest assured this product is made with quality materials. Rest easy with the knowledge that your dog will benefit from the absolute highest degree of safety available.

This product combines the utmost functionality with comfort. The strong handle and straps keep the vest snugly secure at all times and in all situations, and dog owners will never have to worry about it slipping off or wearing out. The vest itself does its job remarkably well, using ultra-buoyant material to easily stay afloat with even the largest dogs. Most surprising is that while doing all this, it remains extremely comfortable and allows for a great degree of freedom of movement, both for human hands as well as canine bodies.


The EzyDog doggy flotation device comes in five different sizes from XS to XL. That should work for most dogs ranging from 15 to 90+ pounds. If you need an even smaller life jacket, consider the EzyDog Micro version which is for dogs under 15 pounds.

Refer to the chart below for sizing information. It’s important to note that we recommend measuring your dog before ordering. Many times, people will order a size smaller if they are on the edge of one of the dimensions. But, we recommend the opposite! Order one size larger, if you can, because you can cinch up the straps and make for a better fit.

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There is an assortment of colors and designs to choose between, from a standard red and yellow, to pink and green camo print. Each of these choices give high visibility for a water bound dog and they all have their own attractive characteristics. It would be preferable if the designs came in an even wider variety of colors, but the nature of the product requires brighter tones for safety purposes.

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It should be pointed out that the EzyDog doggy flotation device uses about 50% more flotation material than some of the other dog life jackets. This is important for longer swims, where your dog may grow tired.


One consideration is that this product is priced somewhat higher than other options on the market. A bit of research will turn up alternatives as low as $30, although one might not be as confident in any of these jackets’ durability or proven effectiveness. Dog owners will rest more easily knowing that they chose to invest in one of the best canine life vests that money can buy. At the end of the day, the bit of extra cash is more than a worthwhile investment, knowing that your dog will be safe wherever she goes.

EzyDog doggy flotation device
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The EzyDog life jacket is available through Amazon and other sellers. Once you’ve made your purchase, and tried it on your dog, please report back here and let me know what you think and what size you ordered. It would be helpful for others who are trying to figure out what size jacket to order.

Reflective Dog Safety Vest

Reflective Dog Safety Vest

Looking for a reflective dog safety vest to keep you dog safe?  These reflective jackets for dogs are great for your dog.

When searching for reflective collars I came across this awesome gear for my dog.

These bright and reflective vests are perfect for dog walks and are easy to put on simply by placing it over your dogs had and fasten the fully adjustable Velcro strap around the animals chest.

While this vest cannot be used as a flotation device it is great for making sure that your dog is easily visible around busy roads.

The reflective binding is connected around the edges of the vest with  a reflective paw print on the side so that your dog can easily be spotted day or night.

Hunting Trips

My family often goes on hunting trips and to keep our dog safe we make sure that our dog has a reflective dog safety vest to make sure that others do not shoot our pet by accident.

When hunting you need to make sure that you know where your dog is at all times and these reflective vests make it easy to keep track of your dog so that you can keep your dog out of danger from other animals and hunters alike.

Fishing Safety

My family has always taken our dog with us everywhere and when we go on fishing trips this is no exception. Now when I was younger we had a black lab that was always getting into trouble.

On one fishing trip we went out early when it was still dark and we could not see our dog very well and later came to find out that she had gone to someone’s minnow bucket to get a drink. Needless to say when she came running back after hearing a man in the distance screaming profanities we new she was once again getting into trouble.

This is why it is a good idea to make sure you can keep an idea on your pup. Looking back I can see how having a reflective vest would have made it easier to keep her close by.

Jogging Safety

A lot of people enjoy evening walks in the neighborhood or going for a Jog around the park. Having mans best friend for some company can be enjoyable and can make the trek a whole lot more fun.

Not only is bringing your dog with you fun but it can also be a great safety measure to keep you safe from possible attackers but it is a good idea to keep you and your dog visible for all around. Especially, when walking, running or jogging in possible traffic areas.
Reflective dog safety vests are useful and they aren’t very expensive either. They keep you and your dog safe and they are easy to put on and take off. Just remember whether it is day or night make sure that you keep your pets safe. It only takes one mistake to lose your pet and it is our goal to make sure that we keep all dogs as safe as possible.

Check Out This Reflective Dog Safety Vest

Reflective Dog Safety Vest