Yes, we know, there are Scottish Terriers who are expert swimmers and divers and who’ve managed to survive in the water under very scary circumstances. But, truthfully most Scotties are kind of goofy in the deep and even the shallow. They need constant supervision around water and, unless you are a trained lifeguard who feels confident about carrying out a rescue, you should consider following Bell’s peeps’ example and getting your dog a life jacket. That way you won’t have to be plunge into the water, dog wrestle and risk getting scratched up. You can just grab the handle and hoist your soaking wet terrier package to safety.
Especially recommended is the Kyjen Outward Hound Designer Pet Saver Life Jacket, Small, Orange, which has a multitude of five-star reviews. One Scottie-owning reviewer writes: “Loved this jacket, fit my Scottish Terrier Mandy perfectly worked well in every respect. We took her canoeing this weekend and she loved floating & swimming with the jacket much better than her old jacket as this one supports her much better under her belly and neck area. Really well made should last a very long time!”
In case you can’t find it, here’s a size chart:
xx-small = 11″-14″ girth, up to 11 Lbs.
x-small = 15″-19″ girth, up to 18 Lbs.
small = 19″-24″ girth, 15-25 Lbs.
Med = 22″-29″ girth, 20-50 Lbs.
Large = 26″-35″ girth, 40-70 Lbs.
x-large = 31″-41″ girth, over 70 Lbs.
Please chime in and add any life jacket recommendations of your own.