DoggySwim is a new concept in canine hydrotherapy - a sturdy, insulated, portable jetted pool designed for water based exercise and restorative care for dogs.

Perfect for restorative hydrotherapy, general exercise and fun for dogs and their owners at home, DoggySwim pools are also designed to satisfy the professional demands of canine hydrotherapists, breeders and trainers.

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Lifejackets

Dog Lifejackets

Small dog in an Up Buoy Lifejacket

If your dog loves water, and you feel confident with their swimming abilities, then a lifejacket may not be necessary, however, if you do need a lifejacket, we recommend Up Buoy Lifejackets (external link will open in a new window).

We don't sell the life jackets ourselves, as there are a variety of fitments available to suit dogs of all shapes and sizes, allowing you to select the perfect one for your pet.

Up Buoy Lifejackets, our recommended choice, are supplied with a D ring both near the collar and at the rear of the jacket, for use with the optional DoggySwim gantry. The jackets also come complete with a useful carry handle. We also recommend buying two additional D rings from your local saddlery to be secured to the life jacket, to the left and right of the dog's neck, to allow for lead reins on both sides to keep your dog swimming in position, facing into the flow of the DoggySwim's counter-current.

For larger dogs, you will also need to acquire an additional sling, to help support your dog's hind quarters. One retailer of these slings is dogmobility.com who sell rear harnesses which are ideally suited. The ideal support arrangement for larger dogs is to employ a lifejacket, which can be used both in the harness and for free swimming, and a rear support to work in conjunction with the life jacket for use with the wheeled gantry.

Sizing Info

The graphics on this page were created by Up Buoy to help owners select the correctly sized lifejacket for their dog. Use the chart on the left to get an idea of which jacket will suit, and the visual reference for specific breeds further down the page to help narrow things down.

The most important measurement is the chest size, as this is what will dictate how snugly the jacket fits, so pay particular attention to this measurement when selecting. This will help to avoid any problems and delays caused by an ill-fitting jacket, not to mention the expense of returning the product for exchange if it does indeed turn out to be incorrectly sized.

Don't forget that if you'll be using a harness underneath the jacket, if your dog has a thick seasonal coat, or if the dog is still growing (or perhaps re-gaining weight after surgery) then this may indeed increase the measurement, so do take this into account.

The other measurement to take is the length of the back of your dog, extending from the base of its tail to the shoulder blades.

Once armed with these measurements, use them alongside the table to the left to deduce which will be the best jacket size. Start with the Essential section, which should narrow your options down to one or two sizes of lifejacket.

If the dog's chest is of a smaller girth than indicated in the table, the jacket will go onto the dog, but won't be able to be secured snugly around its body. An ill fitting jacket will also have spare space to the front, where it secures around the neck, and may extend too far at the rear, making sitting impossible. With a chest size larger than indicated, the two fasteners wont meet.

Visit the Up Buoy website for a more detailed look at how to size your dog's lifejacket.

Micro

e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Papillon, Havanese, Yorkshire Terrier and Chinese Crested

Tiny

e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Papillon, Havanese, Yorkshire Terrier, Chinese Crested

Toy

e.g. Yorkshire Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Bichon Frise, Toy Poodle, Pekinese, Toy English Spaniel, Shih Tzu - and Cats

Small

e.g. Cairn Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Border Terrier, Beagle, Welsh Corgi, King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Pug, West Highland White Terrier, Dachshund, Wire Haired Fox Terrier

Medium

e.g. Whippet, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Norwegian Elkhound, Bassett Hound, Dalmatian, Springer Spaniel, German Pinscher

Large

e.g. Irish Terrier, Poodle, Boxer, Rough Collie, Airdale Terrier, Irish Setter, Afghan Hound, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever

Giant

e.g. Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Old English Sheepdog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Russian Black Terrier, Newfoundland, Rottweiler, Great Dane