Most dogs can swim but they have more fun in the water and you have greater peace of mind, when they wear the Salus Skippy dog vest. The Skippy uses Cordura® nylon for durability. Flotation under the belly and chest give greater buoyancy, lift and comfort against the belly-lifting straps. Tummy-saver padding helps protect active dogs. Two-handle straps make it easy to grab and lift your heavier playmate out of the water.

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“Gear Hound”
Adventure Kayak Magazine
Summer 2004

Dogs are inherently good swimmers – they even have a popular stroke named after them. But if you are putting your dog in any situation where the “doggy paddle” may be inadequate – whitewater or surf for example – it is your responsibility to set your hairy friend up with the best flotation money can buy. There are a few critical details to look for in any flotation device for your dog; a secure method of attachment, proper buoyancy distribution, and a handle. The need for a handle becomes apparent when one tries to help a terrified terrier or neurotic Newfoundlander back aboard a semi-swamped kayak!

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What puts Skippy ahead of the pack is the foam zone; the back of the coat is mesh and foam wraps the belly, chest and sides instead. Doggy floats higher, and when lifted his weight is distributed across the padding – nowhere do straps touch fur. Three clip attachments with buckles on the opposite side for a centred fit in case Dog chews too many sea biscuits and beefs up. One open-topped mesh pocket. Two handles for heaving waterlogged heavies. Canadian made. Red or blue.

“Pet Safety Ahoy!”
Canadian Yachting Magazine
October 2004

The new designs and fabrics have made for a better fitting, cooler and safer life jacket for your other best friend. Just think of the logistics of trying to rescue your dog from some rough water with no hands to grasp, the inability to communicate and maybe a high free board that creates an insurmountable barrier. I love  giving gifts that are really for me.

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Customer Reviews


We have a 75 pound doberman and ordered the large vest for her. It fit perfectly and has a bit of room up and down for weight loss and gain. The nice thing about this vest is the way the front of the vest envelopes the chest and belly area. If you have a hard to fit dog this is your vest. It surrounds the dog like a sweater instead of fitting over the dog like a jacket. The color was great and looked wonderful against her black and tan coloring. The first thing you are going to notice about this vest is how well made it is. It doesn't feel like a fru fru pet vest that you hope will help keep your dog afloat. This vest is more in line with what you would want for yourself if out in the water and needing to keep afloat. Stitching is secure and it has floatation all around the mid section. Our girl had no issues getting around in the water and her head was above the water line the entire time. I have included a "swimming" photo so you can see the level the pet is at on the water line. Hopefully this will help anyone wondering how high the dog is while swimming. She is older and those handles are large enough to help her in and out of the water without worrying that they will break. We used both of them. I would definitely recommend this vest. I did email Salus with one request for the skippy 2.0 vest. I would include a chin float. Our dog is very old at 12 years for a doberman. As you can imagine she tires out easily where play and exercise are concerned. I never saw her snout go under water but it would be good to have a float for the dog to rest it's head on. This would be essential if the dog was involved in an accident situation or carried in a rip current to keep its head above water if it tires out. That being said, do not consider that as any reason to not buy this vest. Its better than any other on the market in my opinion and keeps the animal very high in the waterline. If you want the best for your pet this is it.


This is Digby kayaking on sound in the Outerbanks N.C. I don't know if he "loves" his skippy pfd but he doesn't mind wearing it when he is in the kayaks or playing in the water and surf. His Skippy floats him nice and high in the water. If I rely on my Salus SAR 770 vest to keep myself and my crew safe during water/ice rescues Digby should have the best too.

Digby The Dog

Great water sport jacket. Comfy to be lifted in and out of the water or boat. I float high in the water. Rating 4 out of 4 paws!


Skippy is the best life jacket for dogs that I've seen. I tried 3 different brands before I found the Salus option. The others kept the dogs afloat, but weren't very robust for active dogs. My dogs kayak with me routinely, and love to jump in and out of the water. We also boat and swim in rough water... only the Salus jacket promotes healthy swim position and keeps them going for hours. Also protects from rocks and stumps underwater.


Great lifejacket for our puppy. Picture is of her first time in her lifejacket and on the water.

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