Active Performance Dog Life Jacket by Hurtta
Hurtta Active Performance Dog Life Jacket
A perfect life jacket for owners and dogs that just love water! Top of the line- designed specifically for active dogs and optimal performance!
Works great for all your outdoor water activities, including... Read More
Aquatic Dog Life Jacket by Guardian Gear
Guardian Gear Aquatic Dog Life Jacket & Pet Preserver
The Guardian Gear Aquatic Dog Life Jacket features an 18 MM foam core to keep your dogs safe in and around water. It is quick fitting and perfect for vacationing with water-loving dogs by t... Read More
Deluxe Dog Life Jacket with Head Support by Guardian Gear
Guardian Gear Deluxe Dog Life Jacket with Head Support
The Deluxe Dog Life Jacket with Head Support is the perfect solution for dogs that need some extra help when swimming. The head support on the life jacket helps your dog’s head stay up when sw... Read More
Designer Dog Life Jacket in Pink Polka Dots by Paws Aboard
Paws Aboard Designer Dog Life Jacket in Pink Polka Dots
Keep your "little lady" safe when around water in style with the Designer Dog Life Jacket sporting pink polka dots. The ultra buoyancy keeps your dog a float and the bright pink color makes h... Read More
Hurtta Dog Cooling Vest
Hurtta Motivational Dog Cooling Vest
It's getting hot out there and you've got active dogs that enjoy being outside during the heat. Don't let the hot weather limit your activities due to the threat of heat exhaustion. Hurtta's cooling vests are d... Read More
Life Jacket with Attachable Head Support by Doggles
Doggles Dog Life Jacket with Head Support
Great life jacket for dogs that love water, but just need a little extra help when swimming for long periods. The head support helps keep your dog's head up when getting toys or sticks out of the water. Th... Read More
Lifeguard Neoprene Dog Life Jacket by Paws Aboard
Paws Aboard Neoprene Dog Life Jacket in Lifeguard Red
Keep your dog safe around water with the Lifeguard Neoprene Dog Life Jacket, sporting a unique lifeguard red color and symbol.
Bright Red Color with Reflective Strips for Easy Visib... Read More
Nautical Dog Life Jacket by Paws Aboard
Paws Aboard Designer Nautical Dog Life Jacket
The Nautical Dog Life Jacket is a fashionable life vest adorned with nautical icons such as anchors and sailboats. A fun way to keep your pup safe when boating, swimming, hanging out on the beach, or b... Read More
Neon Yellow Dog Life Jacket by Paws Aboard
Paws Aboard Neon Yellow Dog Life Jacket
A bright, fluorescent yellow dog life jacket keeps your dog safe and visible in the water! Great for swimming and boating trips with dogs.
Safety Grab Handle To Pull Your Dog Out of the Water
B... Read More
Neoprene Designer Dog Life Jacket by Paws Aboard
Paws Aboard Neoprene Designer Dog Life Jacket
The Neoprene Designer Dog Life Jacket is designed for comfort. Constructed of a soft neoprene material with high buoyancy keeps your dog afloat. The Neoprene Designer Dog Life Jacket comes in a nice bl... Read More
Pool Pup Steps by Paws Aboard
Paws Aboard Pool Pup Steps for Swimming Pools
It’s summer time and what more fun than relaxing by the pool and cooling off with a swim! Let your dog join in the fun while taking the worry out of your splash time and giving yourself a peace of min... Read More
Swimming For Dogs & Dog Swim Gear
Swimming is a great exercise activity for dogs of all ages and can be a fun family adventure. That's why we at Cross Peak Products carry a great selection of dog swim gear.
Swimming for dogs provides a way to get an aerobic workout with low-impact, making it easier on joints and muscles. Swimming also builds strength and improves overall conditioning. It can be a nice summer treat and fun outdoor activity to cool off from hot days or to cool off from a boating trip. There are even indoor dog pools that offer swimming sessions for during the winter, which can be a great day adventure!
Swimming is especially good for senior dogs or canines that are recovering from an injury. Swim therapy (also known as canine hydrotherapy) provides a weightless environment for rehabilitation that benefits dogs recovering from hip/elbow dysplasia, arthritis, muscle atrophy, torn ligaments, broken bones, or other surgery. In fact, research has shown that swimming actually shortens recovery time. Find a wellness center that has a dog pool to specialize in canine swimming, fitness & injury recovery in your area. They will have specific swimming exercises for your dog that helps lead to recovery. We carry the dog swim gear that you may need to take along.
Dogs That Love Water
Some dog breeds are natural water dogs. Top breeds that are known to love water include Newfoundlands, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Irish Setters, English Setters, Golden Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Portuguese Water Hounds, Labradors, Spanish Water Dogs, Schipperkes, Standard Poodles, and the American Water Spaniel. These breeds were bred specifically to retrieve waterfowl, to work with fishermen or for water rescue. Each of these dogs has a strong tradition of swimming and generally enjoys being in water. Many other breeds didn't make this list, but also love to swim. On the other end, there are breeds that have a harder time swimming, such as dachshunds, boxers, and pugs. Even if your dog doesn't instinctively love water sports, they can learn to enjoy a swim.
Dog Water Safety Tips:
Acclimate Your Dog to Water as Early as Possible
This can be accomplished by taking your puppy to places with shallow water and wading in together. You want each experience to be positive so play with your puppy in the water and give lots of praise. As your dog becomes comfortable in the water, encourage them to go in a little deeper with you. Continue until you are comfortable with your dog’s swimming abilities. All dogs have varying aquatic abilities so know your dog’s limitations. Safety tip: Be careful not to swim with your dog in water deeper than you can stand as some dogs may try to climb on you when they tire.
Keep Your K9 Safe With Dog Swimming Gear
Some of the most important swimming gear we carry are dog life jackets. While dogs don’t need to worry about swimwear, goggles or swimsuits, they often should wear a life jacket for safety. It can be very exciting and fun to go boating, canoeing and exploring on lakes, followed by a swim on hot days, especially with your pooch. However, it is also important to keep them safe, which is easily accomplished with a life preserver. Even if your dog is an excellent swimmer, it is a good idea to have them wear a life vest. This is especially true when boating or swimming in areas with deep water, such as a pond or lake, or in areas with strong currents, such as the beach or along large rivers. The strength of currents can easily be misread so we always recommend to err on the side of safety.
Check out our wide selection of dog life jackets. Get your dog a life preserver today!
Be Careful Near Pools
At Cross Peak Products, we carry the dog swim gear and pool accessories for your furry best friends, such as dog pool steps. Having graded steps gives your dog a way out of the pool water so that they do not panic. If your dog can not get out of the water, they could tire and drown. You will have to train your dog where the steps are, but that can be easily accomplished. Above ground pools with ladders may be okay if your dog can climb out of the ladders. Most dogs will have trouble and tire out trying to get out, making it unsafe for them. Additionally, they may claw at the side of the pool and cause a tear in the liner. If you do have a dog that loves water and an above ground pool that is off-limits, make sure you train them that this is not a place that they can swim.
Be careful if your dog is jumping in to a body of water from a higher distance, such as from a diving board or dock. While some dogs love the thrill, it can cause their tails to break.
Swimming with dogs is a lot of fun. Play water games for new challenges. Choose water dog toys that float well for a game of fetch in the water. Just know when your dog has had enough so that they don’t sink lower in the water when they are trying to get the toy. Enjoy all the benefits of swimming together! Plus, your dog doesn't care what you look like in your bathing suit!