Doggie Style

(For taking your canine companion paddling, of course)

This piece originally appears in our July issue, available on newsstands now. Photos by JP Van Swae.

Outfit your water dog in high style: Keep tabs on Fido with das smart, German-built Glowdoggie LED collar ($49-65). Don’t worry about getting the burly, 100-percent waterproof collar wet, especially in the MTI underDOG, which features flotation around the neck and a split body with the bulk of the buoyancy under the dog’s torso. That’ll keep your mutt’s head high, hind legs free and back cool with a mesh top ($50). And nothing says cool like dog shoes. Well, maybe not, but at least the easy-breathing, snug-strapping Ruff Wear Bark’n Boots Grip Trex mitts provide a Vibram sole between dog paws and the rigors of riverside scrambling or desert side-hikes ($69). Finish the dog days this summer with Astral Buoyancy‘s Astropad, a soft bed that packs rugged with two handles and Cordura patchwork sides. And you can rest easy too; the waste-reducing beds are hand-built from excess closed-cell (read: odor-proof) foam and fabric scraps from the eco-conscious life-jacket crafters at Astral ($115).

Here’s two other worthy PFD picks for sink-proofing your smell-hound.

No stick is safe with Astral Buoyancy‘s Bird Dog, which gives dogs made to run more freedom of movement and unrestricted doggie-paddle strokes with its hinged-foam package wrapped in a burly Cordura shell. The adjustable neck (and chest) provide a snug fit, and high-vis reflective piping and a convenient carrying handle are there for when Fido gets carried away with that stick and you need to carry him home from the river. Available in two colors and five sizes ($49-79).

Ruff Wear‘s K-9 Float Coat is another high-performing, open-chest life jacket for aggressive swimmers worth sniffing out. We like the sleek, telescoping adjustable neck closure that’ll continue fitting you pup as he or she grows into full-grown, river-roving beast. The low-profile jacket boasts plenty of features like nested buckles, reflective trim, an easy-grabbing handle and a light loop. Available in two colors and six sizes ($79).

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