It's finally warming up here and one way Phoenix loves to beat the heat is by swimming! She really enjoys fetching things out of the river and she could do this for hours. It's fun to watch her swim and she has a great time but sometimes she gets so into it that it's hard to tell when she's getting tired. Safety in the water is really important to me and we were really excited when one of our favoritge brands offered the perfect solution: Life Savior!
The Life Savior, is a new generation streamlined life jacket for dogs, made by Hurtta. This life jacket is ideal for swimming, water rescue, rehabilitation, boating and hunting. The special design of the floats make the jacket very light and ensure a comfortable fit. The light design of the jacket allows for freedom of movement for your dog in water and on land. I love how light weight the jacket is. Our swimming spot is a bit of a trek for us and the light weight design is very helpful. Phoenix can either wear the jacket as we're hiking or I can carry it. Even soaking wet, the jacket is light.
The buoyancy of this life jacket has been
thoroughly tested by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The life jacket has an adjustable
belt and front that allow it to fit most breeds of dog. The back
of the jacket is fitted with sturdy handle by which the dog can be
guided in the water or lifted out. A protective underbelly section
distributes the dog's weight over a larger area and keeps the jacket
firmly in place. The reflective
fabric and 3M reflectors on the back of the jacket provide
visibility in the dark.
We had an awesome time testing this life jacket and I noticed a huge difference in Phoenix's confidence in the water. I could tell that the life jacket was helping to make her buoyant and swim more correctly (sometimes her back end sinks). I love the feeling of safety that this life jacket provided me with. Phoenix can now play as much as she wants in the water without me worrying that she might get too tired. I also really love sturdy the handle is on the back of the jacket, I was able to lift her completely out of the water with it. The Life Savior is a very sturdy life jacket and I can tell we will get a lot of use out of it!
If your dog spends a lot of time swimming or near the water, I would highly recommend checking out the Hurtta Life Savior! Life jackets save lives!
Does you dog like playing in the water?
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ZoePhee was provided with a Life Savior in exchange for an honest review. We were not monetarily compensated and all opinions are my own. Hurtta is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
Many pets are terrified of fireworks and other loud noises. These sorts
of noises are hard to predict and even harder to work on with training.
My dogs are usually over threshold immediately upon hearing the first bangs or
Fireworks can cause a great deal of stress in dogs. Some signs to look for would include:
Shaking or Trembling
Barking or Howling
Refusing to Eat Food
Pacing, unable to settle
Trying to hide or trying to get into or out of the house, fence or enclosure
Loosing control of their bladder, bowels or anal glands.
Things we can do to help our dogs get through the night:
Exercise your dog early and make sure to walk them before it gets dark.
I'm planning on running the girls several miles out at the big park in
the afternoon. Hopefully they will be tired and sleep through the festivities.
Keep your pets indoors! Many pets who are left outdoors during fireworks
end up panicking and getting lost. If you must go outside, keep your
dog on a leash attached to a harness. Harnesses are a lot harder to
escape from. Pets should also be wearing ID tags with your most current
Close your curtains or blinds. Turn on your TV, fan or radio to provide them with some background noise and distraction.
Some dogs find hiding in their crate to be comforting. My dogs love
their crates and I will often throw a blanket over their crates, too
which gives them an extra sense of security.
If your dog will take food, you can try to keep them busy with a food puzzle toy, like a stuffed kong.
Some dogs do just fine with the noises but other dogs, like mine, are
not easily calmed by petting or talking to them. They are just too upset
by the noise. Pets who are very frightened and who might hurt
themselves should never be left alone. If nothing seems to work for your
pet, you should consider speaking to your veterinarian about sedatives. We've had really good luck with trazadone but it's important to consult with a veterinarian to find out which drug might work best for your dog.