Owning a dog is great because sooner or later, a strong bond is established between you two which can be impossible to break – you do everything together, you can’t wait for that special day of the week dedicated to spending time with your dog. It’s not by chance that they call dogs a man’s best friend. And as your dog’s best friend, you must always look out for its safety.

If you ever take your dog swimming and you know it’s not the best swimmer breed – or perhaps you’ll be boat fishing in a deep pool of water – you’ll want to make sure nothing happens to your buddy and get him/her a life vest, just like you would for your child.

Life vests for dogs have gone quite a long way since their initial conception, and today there are a lot of designs available, most able to really offer your dog the safety it needs when you’re having some fun splashing in the water.

Buying a life vest for your dog is something you should probably do in person, instead of shopping online for example – you must try the vest on the dog to make sure it fits perfectly, as even a small misfit can cause great problems later on. Having the vest too large is bad enough since it can easily slip off, but a vest that’s one number too small can restrict your dog’s movements and prevent them from swimming around efficiently, which can be just as dangerous.

Don’t spare your money on this – there are some really cheap designs available out there, but life vests are really a case of “you get what you pay for” – meaning that any extra dollar you spend on the product will pay itself off in its reliability and long-term durability. After all, it’s a one-time investment anyway (since a good dog life vest should be able to last for many years), so it doesn’t make sense to hold back on the price.

The first time you’re out swimming with your dog after buying its new life vest, keep a close eye on him/her for the first few minutes – preferably stay close as well. If you notice something odd, make sure you bring the dog to shallow waters so that you can test the vest’s condition in safety! Other than that, prepare to enjoy some unforgettable moments exploring the cool waters with your best friend.

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