5 Stars By Marina P on 2015-07-23
He is a great swimmer and loves the water but we were planning ...
Our dog is a rescue and whatever mix of jack russel terrier, border collie, lab he might be resulted in a long slender body, with a broad chest, very skinny waist, and short legs. He is a great swimmer and loves the water but we were planning a vacation to a beach house with a dock and open access to the bay. The dock only has a ladder for humans and we wanted a life jacket that he could comfortably wear for long periods of time while outside, so fit had to be spot on, and most importantly a strong top handle to pull him out when he was done swimming. This jacket was perfect with all the adjustable straps, he didn't seem to mind wearing it at all and was able to run jump and swim freely. Pulling him out of the water was very easy. It dries pretty quickly on the dog and very fast if you remove it and hang it in the sun. This jacket looks nice too and was much cheaper then others we tried on at Petco. For reference he is 30 lbs and wearing a medium.
5 Stars By Lake on 2016-06-15
Phenomenal product, fit perfectly, great price, slim fitting design, comfortable for the dog.
This neoprene version works great. We have an 80 pound black lab and the sizing says large goes up to 85 and so the sizing was perfect as well. Our dog loves the water but he has a lot of muscle and so sometimes although probably not in reality he appears to have trouble swimming as if all but his head is underwater and I worried that he would choke or something would happen as he loves to fetch anything and everything in the water, this completely resolved that. I have seen and used a lot of products of this nature between different dogs I have had and my friends/ girlfriend has had and this is by far the best product that I have used in the dog flotation category. Better yet, the price is phenomenal. You have to give any company that makes a great product....a phenomenal product actually, and then sells it at a more than reasonable price. I would choose Outward Hound over Ruff(only on my wallet) wear any day. This neoprene jacket worked better than the Ruff wear life jacket did as well and rubbed on our dog less. He does not even notice this jacket is on him and will wear it happily even in our house. It really does the perfect job of being sleek enough to not slow his swimming speed, but keeps him floating correctly. The big black lab of ours who wears this now spends more time in the water which I really noticed after using it a few times, even when small waves are crashing at the lake from boat wake, he is not phased by it where prior to this jacket he would usually make his way out of the water if close enough to shore.
4 Stars By M.P. on 2015-07-05
is easy to adjust as the front chest strap is adjustable ...
Recently purchased this vest for my dog. My dog is a large hunting dog mix. A lean 75lbs, with a body height & shape similar to a treeing walker coonhound. The dog loves the water and is a strong and confident swimmer. Bought the vest for canoe trips. I bought the large vest. It fits well, is easy to adjust as the front chest strap is adjustable as are the chest/belly straps. The chest/belly straps have adjustable buckles on each side.
The vest fits well, the dog did not mind wearing the vest. was not bulky. In fact it is streamlined. The vest did not interfere with the dog's ability to swim. satisfied with the purchase.
5 Stars By Jayne on 2016-08-15
Best dog life vest...period.
This is a great dog life jacket - the neoprene is flexible (not stiff like traditional life vests). It was malleable enough that our 4 month old Labrador pup was able to lay down and sleep in it, and didn't even try to eat through it - trust me, this is a big deal for him. He jumped off the kayak in the middle of the lake, swam around, and I was able to easily grab the handle and pull him back onto the boat. The panel under his chest provides enough support that when you do lift him by the handle, it's comfortable for him (not just a single chest strap. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys watersports with their pup. Our guy is about 45 lbs, we ordered a large, but will likely need an XL once he is full grown.
5 Stars By KSL on 2016-07-27
Durable, well constructed and beneficial
My 9yr old dogs have been great swimmers their entire lives, but their buoyancy isn't what it once was and their desire to swim is far outweighed by knowing when to rest. They are both about 70lbs but have somewhat different builds. One is longer, stockier and pretty evenly distributed. The other is shorter and leaner/more solid muscle with a deep chest and thin waist. Based on the size chart, they're both larges. It seemed a little short on the longer dog, but fit the rest of his body perfectly. On the other, her thin waist makes the back half of the vest lift quite a bit, but snug everywhere else. I was surprised at how much more float they both had. It also helped the girl to have the assistance since she has a recently recovered knee injury. The only minor complaint I have is that the front chest piece keeps flipping inside out and shifting to the side, no matter how well it fits out of the water.
5 Stars By Nikki W. on 2017-08-30
Works amazingly well!
This life jacket is fantastic! My dog loves to swim after the ducks and she's a bit out of shape so when she gets out there and I call her to come back you can almost see the look on her face like "YIKES, I have to swim all the way back?" So, with this life jacket I feel safe that nothing will happen to her. It works so well that I bought another one for my puppy.
She was so nervous to go into the water but once she realized she could swim and wouldn't sink with this on she was so happy. It's great to watch them play in the water. Every year we take them on vacation to Lake George and they have a dog beach which we love to enjoy. Not many places to bring them around where I live so we look forward to that. Now our dogs do too!
I even talked one of my friends into getting one for her dog that somehow seems top heavy and starts to sink.
5 Stars By F. Todd on 2016-07-20
Great looking vest.
Great fit. Dog didn't freak out with it on and it wasn't too bulky. XL fit nicely on my 65lb bull terrier. People complained about the extra strap length, I just cut a strip of duct tape and folded/taped the extra after fitting.
5 Stars By Kindle Customer on 2017-05-11
Shockingly good quality! Very happy!
Haven't swam with it yet as the season isn't quite upon us but we are seasoned dog life vest purchasers and I have to say this is by far the most awesome vest we have ever had! It's neoprene is amazing and the float material is made to actually hold up to seasons of actual use not to just stay on dry on your dog in case they fall in! This is exactly what we were looking for as our dog swims with us daily and we use the life vest every time! I actually was planning on just reusing last year's vest for our new puppy but the quality of this is such that if he loves to swim like our Barley does we will buy another of these for him! Oh and I didn't even mention the price that's AMAZING! Went to Cabelas after we got this and even their cheapies couldn't beat this price!
5 Stars By Patti on 2017-08-30
Medium has PLENTY of strap length left over for a 30 lb puppy
Our 4 month old lab puppy weighs 30 pounds- her measurements are: neck 12", length 18" and girth (widest area of chest ) 22". I ordered the medium and I needed to take the neck strap in about 5" and likewise the two chest/belly straps were each taken in about 4" so we have room for her to grow into it.
We will use this her first time at Donner Lake, Truckee CA. next week but after that she should be able to handle the lake - however we'll have her wear it when she rides our paddle boards and when we go to the ocean as she gets a bit older and larger even when she has proven herself a strong swimmer.
I'll definitely purchase the larger size for our ocean adventures when she is older. Nice product
3 Stars By ormedic on 2017-09-05
Straps don't maintain a good jacket fit
After using this for one summer I have found it to be an okay product but not the best on the market for the price. The material that the body of the jacket is made of is durable, lightweight, and holds up to wear. The problem comes in with the straps. They are made of a stretchy material which makes a good fit for this life jacket extremely difficult especially if one needs to utilize the handle to pull the dog from the water because rather than keeping the jacket snug to the dogs body they straps stretch causing the jacket to become loose. The padding on the straps is a nice addition for the dogs comfort. Overall if it were not for the strap material this would be a good life jacket.