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Top 5 Dog Life Jackets for Safety on the Water

If you’re taking your best friend out on the high seas or local lake, you’ll want to make sure you’ve outfitted him in the safest gear possible. Perfect for boating and sailing. As you put on your life jacket, don’t forget about your dog’s life jacket – you want to keep him safe too!

Here are some great dog life jacket options:

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ruffwear dog life jacket Ruffwear K9 Dog Life Jacket
This dog life jacket from canine outdoor adventure gear company, Ruffwear, scores top reviews. Perfect for dogs that love to join their humans rafting, kayaking, boating, surfing and paddle boarding, this life jacket is designed for dogs of all shapes and sizes. This premium, fully-featured dog life jacket has a strong handle, optimally positioned to lift dogs out of the water.
Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket
Dogs’ swimming abilities can vary dramatically depending on age and breed. Even “water” dogs can be susceptible to panic in strong currents. The Outward Hound award winning life jacket sports high visibility colors, multiple reflective strips, easy-grab handles, and outstanding floatation. It’s an ideal life jacket for dogs.
ezydog life jacket EzyDog Doggy Floatation Vest
The EzyDog life jacket combines top performing flotation with the comfort of life vest versatility. It also keeps your dog stylish with plenty of color options for your next trip out on the water. The grab handle makes it easy to take your dog out of the water. Adjustable neoprene straps form an ergonomic and secure fit.
Hurtta Dog Life Jacket Hurtta Life Jacket
The Hurtta Life Jacket is designed for use in swimming, water rescue, rehabilitation and boating. An adjustable belt and front allow the life jacket to fit most breeds of dog. The back of the jacket is fitted with sturdy handle so your dog can be easily lifted out of the water. A protective underbelly section distributes the dog’s weight over a larger area and keeps the jacket firmly in place.
Doggles Dog Life Jacket Doggles Dog Flotation Jacket
Human life jackets keep your nose out of the water, so why wouldn’t one for the dogs? The Doggles/Sierra Dog Supply flotation jacket has an attachable chin float with a locking zipper. Bright contrasting colors can be easily spotted in rough water. Safety first, low profile handle with D rings and reflective trim throughout add even more safety.

Hot Weather Tips for Your Dog

summer dog

It’s great to spend time with your dog outside. Just remember to take some simple precautions to help prevent your dog from overheating during the hot weather. Here are our Hot Weather Tips for Your Dog:

Hydrate

Make sure to bring water with you – not just for yourself, but also for your dog. Check out these water bottles for dogs.

Shade

Look for a shady place for your dog so they can get out of the sun and cool down.
water bottle

Street Smarts

When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog walk on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly, and its sensitive paw pads can burn.

Not sure if it’s hot? Well if it’s too hot for your foot, it’s probably too hot for your dogs. Press the back of your hand firmly against the asphalt for 7 seconds to verify it will be comfortable for your dog. The last thing anyone wants is for your dog to burn his paws.

ruffwear cooling coat

cooling coat

If you live in an area where the ground is always scorching hot, consider getting your dog some dog booties for hot weather.

Exercise

Try to exercise dogs in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are lower. If your dog quickly overheats, you might want to try out a cooling coat.

Water Activities

Dogs, like people, often love to get wet when it’s hot outside. Make sure to introduce your dog to water gradually and don’t leave them unsupervised around a pool as not all dogs are good swimmers and they should not drink pool water, which can be toxic.

Summer dogDogs should wear a flotation device when on boats (just like us humans do). Never take your dog to the beach unless you can provide a shaded spot and plenty of fresh water for them to drink. Consider having your dog wear doggles to protect their eyes.

Remember to rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from their coat.

Sunscreen

sunscreen for dogsSunburn is a hazard for pets who spend time outdoors. Use a pet-safe sunscreen to protect your dog from the sun’s harming rays, which can cause skin cancer especially of the ears and nose. Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog – the layers of dogs coats can protect them from sunburn.

Warning Signs

If you find your dog excessively panting or just not wanting to exercise or walk as they normally would, your dog might be overheating. Try to get them out of the sun and preferably in an air conditioned room asap.

Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car!!!

NEVER leave your animals (or children) alone in a parked vehicle. A parked car can become an oven and easily lead to fatal heat stroke for pets and children. Please keep them at home if you can’t bring them with you.

Now that you have the tips – go outside with your best friend and enjoy a great, safe summer!

Country Dog Boarding – Vacation for Your Dog!

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Fiesta at the farm

We’ve always wanted to know about country dog boarding. We hear that it’s basically vacation for your dog. So if you have to go away for work or play and can’t bring your dog, why not give your dog a vacation too!

Dogsized recently interviewed Fiesta about her stay at a country dog boarding facility near NYC:

Hi Fiesta!
We heard you recently stayed on a farm near NYC, while your parents were vacationing. Can you tell us a little bit about the farm and country dog boarding?

Yes! It’s a 4 acre farm that was formerly an equestrian’s playground. It’s run by Tribeca Pet Services. The owners, Matt and Diane, are super nice and seem to have built their lives around dogs. Diane is NY State Licensed Vet tech and Matt is a Certified Dog Trainer. In addition to their farm, they run a dog walking and dog training service in Tribeca.

How did you get to (and from) the farm?
We travel with the owner, Matt. He picks me up from my apartment and we get into his 15 passenger vehicle that has been customized for me and the other dogs that are heading off to the farm. It’s got AC and I travel in a crate. They are certified by the USDA for pet transport, which means they had to register and study about animal welfare during transport, plus their vehicle gets surprise inspections annually by the USDA.

What were the sleeping arrangements like at the farm?
Since my first stay at the farm, I’ve stayed in Matt and Diane’s main home and I’ve stayed in their state of the art barn with the other dogs. The barn has AC and heating, and has flat screen TV’s and couches in each stall so I’m totally at home.
The stalls are huge (made for horses) so I normally sleep with one or two other dogs of the same size and personality as me. There is also a human that sleeps in the barn with me overnight. This is great because I like knowing there is always a human around. I also get relief bathroom breaks as much as needed overnight.

What kind of dogs were at the farm?
There are all types of dogs from Lower Manhattan that come to the farm. There are quite a few from my building and friends that I know from local the dog parks. Check out this video to see some of the dogs at the farm:

Any ideas on how many dog visitors/customers stay at the ranch at one time?
I think there are always 15 visitors or less at the farm. It’s a private place, not a store front or traditional kennel.

How’d you like the food?
Well, Matt and Diane have all the dogs bring our own food because we are all on such different diets. When I’ve had an upset tummy Diane has made white rice for me and will even heat my food up in the microwave. They’re so nice!

What was your favorite thing about the farm?
Definitely being able to play outdoors a lot, run in the grass and be free. They have a swimming pool for me and my friends, although I don’t swim much.

Would you recommend it to our Dogsized fans?
Absolutely! I totally loved it! You can see me running around here with Kameha:

Need Tips on What To Ask and Do Before Sending Your Dog to a Boarding Facility? Check out our post Dog Boarding – taking care of your dog while you are away!

Dog Friendly Airport – Phoenix Sky Harbor

dog friendly airport

Kobi at the Pet Patch

If you’re flying cross country with your best friend and need a layover or just want to travel somewhere warm, we can definitely recommend the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Arizona. During the holidays, we had a layover in Phoenix on our way from NYC to California and were delighted to experience such a dog friendly airport.

pet friendly airport

Enjoying the sun

The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has a pet park at each of their three terminals. What’s really nice is the pet parks are actually close to the terminal so you do have time to visit them if you have a layover. It gives your dog a chance to stretch their legs, drink water and take potty breaks (mitts for cleaning up provided).

pet friendly airport

The Bone Yard

We had a chance to visit two of them. First we went to the Pet Patch, a little relief area with a fake fire hydrant just next to Terminal 2. It was so nice to be out of the cold weather, we took a nice walk around the terminal and Kobi was able bask in the sun a bit. Since we had a long layover, we decided to go check out the Bone Yard.

The Bone Yard is the largest pet park and located on the west side of Terminal 4 just outside of baggage claim. We were surprised how large it was and it also had quite a few dogs visiting. Phoenix Sky Harbor’s motto is “America’s Friendliest Airport” and we can agree that it was a great experience!