Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review of Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket

outward hound dog life jacket modeled by dog
Finn's new Outward Hound life jacket.
When I recently adopted a disabled dog, I made a promise to Finn that I would do everything in my power to help him thrive.  Because his back legs do not function normally, and he cannot walk or run, I knew that swimming could provide Finn with a freedom of movement he had never before experienced.  I immediately went online and ordered an Outward Hound Fun Fish Life Jacket so Finn could dive into some water fun.  This is one of the best purchases I have ever made for one of my beloved animal companions.

I looked at a lot of life jackets for dogs before selecting this particular model.  Because Finn has limited use of his back legs, it was important to find a life jacket that would stabilize him in the water.  The neckband floatation bib on this life jacket was just what Finn needed to keep him from rolling over onto his side.

outward hound dog life jacket being used in the water
My little "Nemo's" first swimming lesson.
The two handle straps on the back of the life jacket have been essential during Finn’s initial swimming lessons.  They make it easy for me to build his confidence as I hold on and slowly move him through the water.  He feels safe, which is the most important thing when introducing a dog to water activities.  For anyone who takes a dog boating, this feature could mean the difference in saving an animal that has fallen overboard.  The straps can be easily hooked with a pole or paddle handle.

I also appreciate the design and construction of this life jacket. The Velcro closures and adjustable nylon straps make it easy for me to snug up Finn’s life jacket in a way that is secure and yet comfortable for him.   And then there is the cuteness factor.  Everyone who has seen my Finn in his new swimming gear thinks he looks like an adorable little Nemo.  I do think it’s one of the cutest life jackets on the market.   

outward hound dog life jacket on dog in canoe
Finn goes kayaking.
Who should own a dog life jacket?  Anyone who has a backyard pool, or who takes a dog boating, or who lives in hurricane country, or who has a weakened or elderly dog, or who is teaching a young pup to swim, or who wants to offer water therapy to a dog in recovery.  A life jacket is a great confidence booster for a fearful, reluctant, or struggling canine swimmer.  It can be the key to helping your dog discover, or retain, the joys of water play.

In terms of value, the Outward Hound Fun Fish Life Jacket is hard to beat.  I got a great price, along with all of the features I need to keep my precious pup safe.   After testing this dog life vest, I can say without hesitation that I would buy it again.  I highly recommend it, as do a few thousand other dog-lovers.  You can check out all of the reviews when you click through any of the links on this page.

Has your dog ever used a life jacket?  Please share your thoughts or experiences.  Thanks!

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  1. Awww, Finn is such a cutie. And how wonderful that you not only adopted a disabled dog and gave him a good home, but that you are improving his life through life experiences other dogs enjoy. Without your love and caring, Finn would normally have sat on the sidelines of life. This life jacket for dogs is perfect for not only Finn's water therapy, but his safety while having fun.

    Wonderful review, Renaissance Woman. Sending an extra special hug and pat to Finn who so ably models and demonstrates the Outward Hound Life Jacket for us.

    1. Thanks, Elf. I am totally committed to helping Finn make up for lost time. His mind needs these swimming sessions as much as his body needs them. It's good for Finn to discover that he can do anything. I just have to be smart in figuring out how to introduce him to new activities (and ensure I have the right supplies to keep him safe).

  2. That is so very cool and of course, Finn is a gorgeous model! I've had dogs all my life, but never considered a life jacket for one. We don't take our pups to the beach, rivers or lakes with us when we go on vacation or fish, so I guess I am simply never needed one. I have seen the rescue dogs wearing them though. That life jacket is perfectly fantastic for Finn!!! It really does look like Nemo and how neat that it is secured with velco. I have certainly been extremely impressed by your dedication to help him have a life. You are truly Finn's miracle worker.

    1. I had never really thought about dog life jackets previously, despite living on river property and ocean property. My dogs were always strong swimmers. As I watched the hurricane footage featuring dog rescues, I thought about all of the animals that should have been protected with life jackets. Caring for a disabled dog, and volunteering at animals shelters, has made me much more aware of the need to be prepared for anything.

  3. Love, love, love this review. Nice to see the pictures, and really glad it helped keep Finn safe. That trust issue is so important, and you're right, the cute factor is huge :)

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    2. Thank you for loving this review. Finn really benefits from the water therapy and it would not be possible without the new life jacket and his trust in me. I plan to never violate that trust. Without it, we would both be sunk.

  4. I am so glad the two of you found each other. I probably should have a little life jacket for my dogs. Rat Terriers don't have enough body fat to be able to swim well. I'm glad for this helpful review.

    1. That's why I failed my "Sharks" swimming class-- not enough body fat when I was a child. Couldn't float. Wouldn't mind having that problem now... too little body fat. Do your "Ratties" like wading in water?

  5. Someone I know has a life jacket for her dogs (has always used them), this looks like a good one as well. Finn is very cute, glad you found each other.

    1. I am so glad Finn found me. He is teaching me all of the important lessons in life. Thanks for stopping by!


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