Unless you have dog vests that protect your canine friend(s), it's entirely possible that your favorite hunting dog(s) could be in great danger when you are hunting in the woods because a dog's size and movements can often bear a great resemblance to those of game animals.
We all want our dogs to be as safe and protected as possible as they either romp in the woods or work through them.
Generally, hunting regulations require you to wear some blaze orange to keep other hunters from mistaking you for prey and even shooting at you and/or your dog. . .obviously, this can become an unacceptable and critically dangerous situation for both you and your dog(s).
Nevertheless, whether or not you hunt where conditions and regulations also require your hunting dogs to also wear some blaze orange, a quality dog hunting vest should serve as much more than just a warning flag in the woods.
Dog Vests Are Important For Your Dog's Comfort
The LCS Bird Dog Armor Vest is blaze orange for safety purposes and is a tough rip-stop nylon fabric with attached reflective strips for great visibility.
This vest is also meant to protect the dog's brisket from the hazards of travel in upland fields.
The 600 Cordura nylon brush guard stops dangerous, painful briars and protects against hard and damaging undergrowth because it covers the dog's entire brisket and chest.
Additionally, it has well-designed stretch gussets of durable elastic on both sides so it fits closely yet allows complete freedom of movement.
A properly designed dog hunting vest is thoughtfully designed for both the protection and comfort of your dog during the hunt.
Floatation-Capable Dog Vests Can Be A Dog's Best Friend
Many hunting dogs are trained for upland hunting and bird retrieval so flotation devices built into a dog hunting vest are an asset.
Cabela's Advanced Dog Flotation Vest at right with super-soft triple-segmented foam is designed to stay afloat to aid the dog during long water retrievals.
This fine Advanced Dog Flotation Vest adds significant buoyancy to your dog when he's in the water and boasts integrated dual grab handles on sizes M-XL to help make retrieval of larger dogs easy.
The Ruffwear® K-9 Float Coat™ at left is engineered to keep your dog afloat and help him swim easily whether he's working or playing.
Additionally, the Ruffwear® K-9 Float Coat™ actually enhances your dog’s mobility for uninhibited swimming motion and it includes a light loop on top and 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective trim for enhanced visibility.
Dog Hunting Vests Can Also Incorporate Warmth Features
Another type of dog hunting vest is the one that protects the dog from the weather.
The Filson Blaze Hunting Dog Safety Vest is made of Ten Mile® acrylic cloth with the front body of oil-finished shelter cloth that is 100 percent cotton.
Reflective piping is added for increased visibility.
Filson's Reversible Dog Coat is for all seasons in Otter Green oil-finished shelter cloth on one side and blaze orange acrylic Ten Mile® cloth on the other.
The orange is for visibility and the shelter cloth for repelling water and wind.
The Filson Shelter Dog Coat is made of shelter cloth with a Mackinaw wool lining and it has a double layer of moleskin at the neck opening.
This coat is made for maximum water repellency and exceptional warmth for your pet.
The Vest Market Has Everything Your Dog Needs
There are many other excellent companies making hunting apparel for dogs including dog vests.
Check out all the choices before selecting the one hunting dog vest that is right for your dog.
The River's West H2P Dog Vest is for pointers and is made exclusively for the Ugly Dog Hunting Company.
The product called the Skid Plate is a commercial grade protector of the dog's sides, chest and stomach areas. Extra brutal terrain requires this level of protection to help ensure that your dog returns from his day of hunting uninjured and unscathed.
Ruff Wear offers the Swamp Cooler Evaporative Dog Cooling Vest, the Quinzee® Jacket and the K-9 Overcoat – all excellent products worthy of consideration for your dog's health and welfare.
Dokken offers its Supervest Xtreme Camo Neoprene Dog Vest and the Tummy Saver Reflective Vest is made by Pointer Specialties.
Hurtta has a line of apparel for hunting dogs that includes the Hurtta America Dog Raincoat, the Hurtta America Outdoors Dog Overalls, the Hurtta America Winter Jacket, the Hurtta America Micro Dog Vest and the Hurtta America Polar Vest.
The Feliscanis Tactical Dog Vest has three removable pouches and plenty of flexibility for you and your dog.
Dog Training Systems And Locators Are Available When You Have Multiple Dogs
Dog vests are for your hunting dogs that are trained and ready to go hunting with you.
For those dogs still in training, there is a wide variety of available dog training gear and collars.
When your new hunting dogs are ready for some upland training sessions, the LCS Bird Dog Trainer 800 training collar is waterproof, rechargeable and dependable.
The Garmin Alpha 100 is a Remote Training System combined with a GPS Dog Tracking system.
This is great for training your dogs over rough terrain.
The Sport Dog Tex 1.0 Locator Training System can run up to 12 dogs on one transmitter and has a range up to seven miles.
Electronic collars are excellent dog training gear for hunting dogs, but they also are great for obedience training and for training pets not to nuisance bark or jump on people.
Harnesses And Other Effective Training Tools Round Out Your Equipment List
Professional dog trainers use a wide variety of dog training gear to get proven results.
Bells, whistles, clickers, bait bags, tugs, balls, harnesses and collars, leashes and treats are all part of their training equipment.
A good dog training harness is a must.
These are used when training K-9 dogs for law enforcement and the military, search and rescue dogs, and service dogs that will assist the handicapped.
You'll also find that a dog training harness with an easy-grip handle is one thing that's absolutely necessary for a Guide Dog for the Blind as well as their customary service animal vests which we've all seen worn when trainers have the dogs out in public settings.
An all-weather dog training harness is vital for search and rescue dogs who are heavily involved in critically important and lifesaving field work.
Whether working with hunting dogs, service dogs or your own dog who's your best friend, dog vests with comfort and protection are as important as good practical field skills.