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Ruffwear - K-9 Float Coat for Dogs, Buoyant, Secure, Reflective
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- MADE FOR THE WATER: A happy dog is a dog in the water. With Float Coat’s water-friendly, abrasion-resistant webbing and strategically-placed foam panels that support a natural swimming position, your pup can play in the lake all day.
- THE RIGHT FIT: The Float Coat features a telescoping neck closure that adjusts and secures in place to accommodate a range of dog sizes. Adjust the side straps for the perfect fit.
- A HELPFUL HANDLE: The built-in handle is strong and optimally positioned for you to hold and help your eager explorer get out of the water.
- GEAR UP AND GO: The easy-to-clip, sheltered side buckles hold the straps firmly in place so you can spend less time gearing up and adjusting and more time at your favorite swimming hole.
- EXTENDING ADVENTURES: With the reflective trim, you and your dog can stay out longer. Want to go the extra mile? Attach Ruffwear’s Beacon light (not included) to the built-in light loop.
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The Float Coat Life Jacket is a fully-featured life jacket built with time-proven, abrasion-resistant materials. Natural swimming position is made possible by strategically-placed closed cell foam panels and water-compatible webbing remains stable in wet environments. The easy-to-clip, ITW Nexus Airloc sheltered buckles keep straps firmly in place over time and the strong, low-profile handle is optimally positioned to help dogs out of the water. A telescoping neck closure adjusts for a range of dog sizes and is permanently attached and secure. The Float Coat Life Jacket is available in 6 sizes. Select the correct size based on your dog's girth (measurement around the widest part of the rib cage). XX-Small: 13-17 inches (33-43 cm); X-Small: 17-22 inches (43-56 cm); Small: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm); Medium: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm); Large: 32-36 inches (81-91 cm); X-Large: 36-42 inches (91-107 cm). Washing Instructions: Secure the fasteners; Hand wash with mild detergent; Air dry.
Size: Medium | Color: Blue Atoll (2017)
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Its a bit pricey, but its very well made and should last a very long time. It took a couple tries to get it adjusted just right, but once its set, you don't have to mess with it unless your dog loses weight with all that swimming. I let her wear it around the house for a while to get used to it. She tried to rub it off a bit, but was ok with it. Then we went to a calm small lake so she could try it out. She was nervous about going in the water with it on, but once she realized she wasn't struggling to keep her head up, she relaxed a bit. The real test was the second time she wore it, when she knew what it was. She had no hesitation going into the river with it on and was having a blast. Not only did she swim out to get her floating toy, but she wanted everyone on the beach to throw it so she could go get it again. When she was done with fetch, she just swam for the pure joy of swimming.
The best part is she's now a MUCH better swimmer. She's learned to maneuver and turn and she can keep her head up without a struggle even without the life jacket. She's not afraid of the waves the boats make anymore and she LOVES to swim. With her Float Coat, she can swim for hours.
The Float Coat is a bit stiff, especially at first, but its tough and it works great. Meg is very stable in the water when she wears it and can handle being in the wake and still keep her head out of the water. It seems comfortable and does not rub anywhere. Meg even wore it on a hike along the lake. She loves putting it on.
The handle on top comes in handy. I did pick Meg up by the handle just to test it. Meg wasn't thrilled, but the handle and straps held and the padding underneath made it tolerable for her. If I needed to haul her into the boat, it would help do the job.
Now I need to get another one for my Lab. He can swim great, but tires long before Meg (with her Float Coat). I highly recommend this product!
Just an added note on sizing: Both of my dogs are in between sizes. Meg has a 27" girth and Bear (lab mix) has a 32" girth. The Ruffwear website recommends choosing the smaller size, but both my dogs are also a bit long in body. For Meg I went with the Medium and it fits perfect adjusted to nearly the smallest it will go. I tried the Medium on Bear, and while he can wear it (straps are plenty long enough, neck fits), it looks too short in body length. I'll be getting him a large. So if you have a short bodied dog that is between sizes, I'd say got with the smaller. Longer bodied dogs should go with the larger size.
The medium is 14 1/2" for the length of the back.
It runs true to size. I bought this before my dog was full grown. Stella was 27 inches so she fit into the medium and could also grow more and still fit into it. Using the adjustment straps the medium still fit her snug. She is now 18 months old, 62lbs. and it still fits her great. (she is a lab/collie mix).
Size Chart: Length (in inches) around your dogs front legs:
XXS - 13-17
XS - 17-22
Small - 22-27
Medium - 27-32
Large - 32-36
XL - 36-42
Easy to put on. Fit the front over the dog's head and buckle underneath. There are 2 buckles under the dogs stomach that can be adjusted, along with an adjustment strap on the right side of the dogs neck. Undo buckles and the dog will back out of the life jacket very easily.
The handle is sturdy. If you have ever tried to pull a large dog into a canoe in the middle of the lake, it is not easy. This handle allows you to grab the dog and pull them easier with much less effort on your part. It is also safer for both you and your dog.
There is a small plastic D ring to attach a leash underneath the handle. It's not the most well built, but it should work when you need it to and I don't think you will be leashing your dog a ton with a life jacket on.
The reflective material is nice. If you shine a light on it, it shines pretty bright.
Bottom line, if you are reading this, you are a good dog owner who is looking for a quality life jacket for your dog. You will not be disappointed with the K9 Float coat. It's easy to use, designed well and looks great too.
Check out my video review and demonstration I posted of the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat on my YT channel. Search YT for my username and search for the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat in the Dog Tech section and you will see my review and demo along with other dog tech reviews.
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