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Heavy-Duty Pool Floats for Dogs That Love the Swimming Pool

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It's not a pool party without a cute pup! Dogs love having fun in the water, too. Okay—maybe not all of them, but most of the fur babies in warmer climates love swimming in the summer heat, and it's a great way to keep your dogs cool this summer.  We recommend letting dogs hang out in the pool if they want to; just keep an eye on them and enlist the help of a dog pool float or life jacket. 

Since dog pool floats are made specifically for your pet (with adult supervision, of course), you can also enjoy some time in the water without leaving your curious dog inside all day. If your pup already can't resist the water, this purchase will be the best one you make all summer long. We rounded up three floats that are puncture-resistant, durable, and budget-friendly. They're also safe for small dogs and larger dog breeds. Read on for our favorites:

1. Our Versatile Top Pick 

SwimWays Spring Float Paddle Paws Dog Pool Float - Amazon, $34.89+

This small pool float is perfect for your furry friend who weighs up to 65 pounds (which is most small to medium-sized breeds). However, there's a size up available for dogs bigger than that, and both are paw- and claw-friendly. It's a durable float that won't puncture or tear, and there's an inner spring around the outside edge for extra stability. It's portable and super easy to carry — plus, it comes with an included carry bag. Reviewers love this because it's well-made, sturdy, and doesn't deflate all summer long.

2. Best Float for Big Breeds

Paws Aboard Large Doggy Lazy Raft - Amazon, $45.00

Paws Aboard's lazy raft is perfect for dog lovers who want a comfy option for their dog that likes to stay in the water as long as you're in it. The paw-shaped float is made from puncture-resistant durable vinyl that won't fade, stain, or mildew. It's available in sizes small, large, and extra-large. The large size accommodates dogs up to 90 pounds, while the extra-large option accommodates humans up to six feet (so yea, it'll fit your big dog). We think the paw design is a great touch, and it's also easy to inflate and deflate as needed.

3. Best Float for Small Breeds

Poolcandy Inflatable Pet Float - Amazon, $27.99

Poolcandy's float is so tiny and cute and will accommodate smaller dogs up to 35 pounds. What makes this unique is the control nozzle at the base: you can allow water into the bottom to keep your dog cool, and you can close it up if your dog prefers to stay dry. It's thick and puncture-resistant, too.

This post was originally published on March 9, 2021.

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