Our aging Border Collie really enjoys swimming. But his rear-end is getting weak, with muscle atrophy in the rear legs. So his rear-end is sinking as he cannot kick-stroke efficiently with the back feet.

He has a flotation device, but the floating foam is (a) above his back (not really in the water), and (b) only on the chest rather than the rear-end where he needs a lift.

Is there any kind of flotation device for the back-half of the dog, to lift the rear-end without impairing swimming?

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    Could you add a picture of the floating device you're currently using? A quick search shows that most commercial devices concentrate on the chest area, but maybe there's an option to alter yours.
    – Elmy
    Commented Jul 14, 2021 at 4:17
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    Whatever floatation device you get, since it is a physically weakening dog, I'd only take in in water in places where a rescue will be easy.
    – ahron
    Commented Jul 29, 2021 at 3:38

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I did not find something only for the rear legs. But maybe you could make your own:

dog harness for trnsportation via helicopter or similar

If you would use this kind of harness, you could add some floating material only at the rear. Additional you would have a handle to hold your dog in case of emergency.

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