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Monday, 16 October 2017 11:44

Five Great PFD’s For Dogs

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Not all dogs are comfortable with water, but if you have one with an aquatic streak, it can be a lot of fun to bring them along when you go kayak fishing. 

Of course, even then there are a lot of things to consider before doing so, such as making sure that the dog is obedient and won’t interfere with the angling. Since dogs come in all shapes and sizes, it makes sense to ensure that your kayak is appropriate for your canine companion. However, one of the things that people often overlook or see as unnecessary is a good life vest for their dog. Even if your dog is a good swimmer, wearing a PFD can still save their life in an emergency. Fortunately, there are plenty of PFD’s available on the market for four-legged fishing companions.

Ruffwear Float Coat

 Price: $79.95

The Float Coat from Ruffwear is a canine life jacket that is available in sizes ranging from extra, extra small, all the way to extra large. It is a premium life jacket that features everything needed to keep your canine companion safe out on the water. These include a strong handle that can be used to lift the dog out of the water, as well as reflective trim to make sure that it is visible at all times. This PFD is kept in place with sheltered buckles and it has water-compatible webbing. While this is one of the more expensive canine PFD’s on the market, the durable construction of the Float Coat and the overall quality, makes it worth the price tag.

NRS Canine Flotation Device Dog Life Jacket

Price: $44.95

The NRS Canine Flotation Device features a 1000-denier Cordura shell for excellent durability and is available in five different sizes. NRS has kept the design of this life jacket very simple, but it has three buckles and five total adjustment points to ensure a comfortable fit for your pet. Like all good dog PFD’s, the NRS CFD has a grab handle that can be used to lift your dog out of the water and reflective safety tape for enhanced visibility. In addition, this PFD has a zippered pocket, which is handy for storing a leash or even snacks. It also has a rugged leash ring, so this vest can double as a walking harness or you can use it to attach a strobe light.


EzyDog Dog Life Jacket

Price: $42

EzyDog has an affordable dog life jacket that comes packed with all the features you’d expect from a quality canine PFD. It features a heavy duty polyester construction with a contoured neck that offers great flotation and plenty of comfort. This dog life jacket is available in five different sizes and thanks to the adjustable neoprene straps, it is easy to fit securely. It also has a convenient grab handle, high visibility reflective piping as well as a handy zip storage pocket. Finally, the sturdy nylon D-ring of this life jacket means you can use it with a dog leash if needed.

Kurgo Surf N Turf Dog Life Jacket

Price: $60

If you are looking for a good canine PFD that offers a little more versatility then the Kurgo Surf N Turf Life Vest is a good option. Not only does it offer great flotation in the water, but the flotation layer can actually be removed in order to use the jacket as a waterproof raincoat for your dog. It also has all the standard features you would expect, such as metal D-rings for connecting a leash, two handles and reflective trim. This life jacket also has a nice rugged design and features a high contrast color to ensure that your dog remains visible at all times. 

Astral BirdDog

Price: $49.95

Astral has a reputation for quality kayak fishing PFD’s, so it is no surprise that their canine PFD is just as good. The Astral BirdDog features a Cordura shell, which is extremely durable and also very comfortable. In fact, the BirdDog uses the same hinged foam design as other Atral PFD’s, which means it provides a more natural fit for your dog. In addition to the ergonomic design, the BirdDog also supports your dog so that it remains in a natural swimming position when in the water. For further fine tuning, this PFD has adjustable neck and chest straps. Finally, this PFD has a leash loop along with raised grab handle for added safety.

Last modified on Monday, 16 October 2017 13:50
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