Selecting the Right Service Dog Vest
When you have a service dog, there are a lot of things to think about including diet, service dog training, and believe it or not, wardrobe. The type of vest your service dog wears is actually a big decision and it has a lot of factors to consider. Those factors include the weather where you live, the type of dog you have, and your lifestyle. Today, let’s look at 4 favorites and which dogs they fit best.
First there is the Tiny Service Dog Cape Vest. This one is made for all your littlest companions. Most of the dogs that would use this vest would fall into the teacup, toy, or mini range with a chest girth of 11″-24″ which spans all 4 sizes available. This is your most basic mesh vest. It can be used for therapy dogs, service dogs, or emotional support dogs. A patch can be added to clarify what type of working dog is wearing the vest. The material is very lightweight though still durable. IT is also edged in reflective material to help make your dog more visible.
Next, let’s look at the Regular Service Dog Cape Vest. This one is like the Tiny Service Dog Cape Vest, just in a larger size. This one is for dogs with a chest girth of 26″-34″ and comes in 2 size options. Like the smaller version, it is made of high quality, lightweight mesh trimmed in reflective material. One of the most attractive features about this basic vest is the cost since this one is going to be at the lowest price point. This is really a determining factor for some, especially when working from a budget.
Third, there is the Reflective Service Dog Harness Vest. This one is made of 2 layers of industrial high denier cross-link mesh making it even more heavy duty. It also has the reflective edging for visibility. One really nice added feature of this vest is the welded rings. There are 3 of them which are great for attaching your dog’s service ID card, and a leach. This vest also can be labeled with patches denoting service dog, therapy dog, or emotional support animal. This is also a great choice for large dogs with 4 sizes that range from 24″ to 42″ which is a massive chest girth. It is important to remember that the cross-linked mesh does make the vest less breathable so it could make temperature a factor for your service dog especially in warmer climates.
Finally, there is the Alpha Service Dog Harness Vest. This one is top of the line and also the best service dog vest, which also means that it comes with a slightly higher price tag. First it is padded for maximum comfort. This one also moves away from mesh into poly coated fabric making it water resistant as well as seriously durable. Like the Reflective Service Dog Harness Vest, it comes with the 3 welded rings for ID and leashes but it also features a handle. This one comes with 2 patches to clearly identify whether you have a therapy dog, service dog, or emotional support dog. It also comes in 4 sizes from 20”-42”. The one thing this one lacks it reflective edging so that may be a deciding factor if you and your animal spend a lot of time outdoors at night.
Making sure that people clearly know you have a working dog is such a benefit to you and your service dog. A service dog vest is an easy way to convey that information to those you may encounter as part of your life and travels. These service dog vests do the job in style with the comfort of your animal in focus.
Remember, a vest is not just for a service dogs. You can use a different patch for your Emotional Support Animal or Therapy Dog!