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why would you all not get a harness and stake the dog out to the appropriate life line. Or get the harness that has the handle for the little princess in your life...so that you can boat hook them when close.
As Tim, says they will swim back, given a chance. The problem, just like with human crew is getting them aboard, and again like human crew they will be paniced and fight you (they have claws) most of the way.
The other thing, is the doggie "pfd"s do more harm than good...as they will tend to negate the effect of the dog's coat to stay dry and warm and be buoyant...as well as weigh them down, most dogs do not swim with a lot of freeboard, if any at all. Most water breeds (check their little feet for webbing between their toes) can out swim you or I, so just be patient and prepare to haul them in.
All of you dog experts should consult with your vet and explain what you are currently doing...and I would bet that he will suggest a better strategy, or to leave them ashore...
And no, I am not a dog hater person, have owned them in the past and loved them to death, they are actually far better than most human crew...
To answer the OP, call the USCG sector in your area, and ask...But if you don't want to know the answer....tis better not to ask, I know what the answer is for Baltimore and Hampton Roads (MOB = MAN overboard). Just prepare you and your dog. That being said, I would not expect people who can not be responsible for their kids (wear a pfd, behave, etc), to help with your dog...