Many clients have asked about which dog training vest I wear. In this post I’ll share my favorite products for carrying food rewards and supplies like gloves for outdoor dog training sessions in all types of extreme weather.
Please keep in mind that I train every day, outdoors from -55°C to +34 °C (that's -67°F to 93°F) , with many dogs. If you don’t train a lot, you can probably just put the food or toy rewards into the pocket of your clothes. But the more supplies you bring to outdoor training, the more challenging it is to find each item when you need it ASAP. For example, if one dog has allergies, and you need to keep their rewards separate from the others, then having more than one pocket is helpful. If you’re dropping items or losing them, then a training vest can help to organize your rewards and gear.
Here are my 6 favorite options for carrying rewards and training supplies. (These are not affiliate links so I don't earn any money for my recommendations):
The inside drawstring keeps the waist nipped in, instead of swimming in volume. I can’t believe the zipper has withstood all the punishment we dish out.
Consider purchasing a roomy size. I buy the largest size, so I can wear it on top of my parka and it’s easy to reach items like food, even while I’m wearing ski gloves.
I remember one crazy day tracking at the French River, Ontario when it was cold, there was an unanticipated downpour, and our camp was a 20-minute ATV ride away. That day, I put this vest on my dog Rickard, and it helped him with the elements while I wore my fleece. It dried quickly on a hanger, and the next day we were good to go.
Or on amazon.ca https://www.amazon.ca/Hurtta-HU932624-Trainers-Granite-Medium/dp/B01IYGE0RU/ref=asc_df_B01IYGE0RU/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=293014490566&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15114457067418158822&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001310&hvtargid=pla-501899872764&psc=1I haven’t owned one, but every other Hurtta product I’ve purchased has been outstanding. For example, the Hurtta Extreme Warmer coats are very durable, washable, and stand up to daily training in extreme conditions. The demo dogs in my videos are wearing Hurtta dog coats which I generally purchase from HomesAlivePets in Edmonton https://www.homesalive.ca/hurtta-extreme-warmer-v2.html. They have fantastic customer service, and if you’re ever in Edmonton, it is definitely worth spending a few hours at their retail store.
Inside Canada, similar products include:
5. Ruffdog Campari Unisex Vest - I have not tried it, but it looks similar to the vest I use. The magnet pockets (to hold magnet balls on a rope) are a nice touch.
6. Training kilts are on sale at Ruffdog at the time of writing:
Ruffdog Cyna Unisex Training Kilt 40% OFF, Sale price $29.97 CAD, Regular price $49.95 CAD. https://ruffdogsports.com/products/ruffdog-cyna-unisex-training-kilt?_pos=2&_sid=a5ac57c6a&_ss=r
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