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Water safety for your four-legged friend.

If your pooch has a penchant for leaping into fast-moving waters, give yourself some peace of mind with the Astral Buoyancy Bird Dog Life Jacket. The ergonomic design allows Fido to paddle without restriction, and the tough Cordura shell fabric is built to withstand overgrown trails and thorny riverside brambles.

  • Cordura shell material is highly abrasion resistant
  • Ergonomic and hinged foam design supports a dog's natural swimming position and allows all four legs to move freely
  • Neck and chest straps adjust to give your pooch a perfect fit
  • Padded grab handle provides a secure grip
  • Leash loop allows the PFD to double as a harness
  • Reflective details increase visibility in low light conditions

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5 5

Liked it so much I bought a second one.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Our 82# and 93# Bernese Mountain Dogs are just learning to swim. I was looking for something that would give them a little confidence and some floatation in case they got in trouble or fatigued. The big girl was already a natural swimmer. The little one was more of a flailer and really didn't like going in deep enough to get her paws off the bottom. We were taking turns, first one dog then the other. On the third day, the little girl was coming in on her own, swimming the length of the pool, turning and going back. We couldn't keep her out long enough to let the big girl have a turn. I had to order the second one. We went with the XL and it's a good fit for both. Just small enough for the little one, and plenty big enough for the big girl. I've been wearing PFDs as a whitewater raft guide and kayaker for over 25 years. I asked another guide for a recommendation and she said the Astral or the Ruffwear. I'm happy with the Astral. I like the fact that the way it wraps under the dogs chest and belly, and wraps around their neck, it actually puts some flotation under the dogs and in the water to help keep the dogs head above water. Unlike the NRS and Extrasport designs with all the floatation on the their back. And no I haven't seen any tendency for this to cause the dog to turtle like NRS claimed in an email to me. Another plus is the flaps of floatation overlap under the dog and keep the straps from rubbing directly against the dog.

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Let's see a picture of these dawgs Stan!
I bet they are beautiful!

4 5

peace of mind

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

my dog doesn't need this for casual swims, and he doesn't particularly like wearing it, but it gives me peace of mind when we go out onto open water or on river trips. Hank is a 50lb Aussie/terrier mix and he fits into a M just fine

What size and "model" would you recommend...

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What size and "model" would you recommend for:
a shi tzu?
a miniature schnauzer ?
a golden retriever mix (50 #)
Is there a way to measure the dogs to get the right size?

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Check out the size chart that Astral has provided us. For a shi tzu they recommend a Small, the Golden mix should be a Large. The best way to get a good fit is to measure the dog's girth (largest circumference of the chest).

XS: 13-19 in
S: 17-25 in
M: 21-30 in
L: 26-35 in
XL: 30-39 in

How well would the XL fit a 110# Lab ?...

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How well would the XL fit a 110# Lab ? I've found that a lot of the life vests are too small, even in size XL.

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Hey there! Thanks for your question. I have a 100 pound lab and the size XL works for him. But the girth measurement is the true test. Do you know your dog's girth measurement? If your dog's girth is 40inches or larger then this XL will not work. Hope this helps!

5 5

great fit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i have a 45ish lb springer spaniel mix that is a great swimmer, however this allows him to enjoy day long paddle trips on stand up paddle boards with us. he doesn't mind wearing it the size medium fits him great!

great fit
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Looks like he's having fun!