Why Your Dog Needs a Life Jacket, and which one you should try

All dogs can swim, right? Well, not necessarily, and even those that swim well can panic if they slide off a paddleboard involuntarily. Here are a few reasons to use a dog life jacket for water adventures, especially for paddling or boating where the shore may not be easily reachable. 

Hurtta Ultimate Warmer

This is my favorite winter jacket for Robin and my top pick out of the Hurtta warm coat lineup – it’s warm, but can be vented by loosening the belly panel and the neck bungees..

Hurtta “Bounty Bag” Treat Pouch

As with the Trainer’s Vest, the Bounty Bag’s most unique feature is its removable liner – after using sticky, smelly or wet treats, you can simply pull out the velcroed-in liner and wash it separately without having to wash the whole bag.

Hurtta Active Harness

This harness comes in two styles – the “Dazzle” style in hi-viz orange and yellow, with large reflective areas on the back and chest panels, and the standard style in cherry, raven, and juniper, with three little reflective triangles on the chest and reflective trim around the neck and back.

Hurtta Padded Harnesses (and matching leashes)

So which design is better? I’ll discuss this more below, but the standard style may be easier for foot-shy dogs and wriggly puppies, since it’s just popped over the head and fastened around the belly. It also features a unique padded buckle guard to keep the dog’s coat from being pinched in the side-release buckle.

Dog Boots Comparison Summary

I’ll say up-front that we didn’t find a single pair of perfect boots, and all of the models in this comparison bring something unique to the table. I would love to cobble together a boot with Ruffwear’s soles, Muttluks’ cuffs, Hurtta’s reflectors and Ultrapaws’ foam padding. Look through the comparisons for features you’re interested in, but bear in mind that fit and comfort will trump all the bells and whistles.

Hurtta Outback Boots

The split ankle makes the boots easy to get on, and the wrap style means there are no extra folds of fabric under the ankle strap. One benefit of the wrap-style straps is that they can be wrapped higher to seal out snow or lower to avoid a dewclaw, depending on the dog’s anatomy.