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The Best Tactical Dog Vests (Review) in 2019

OneTigris Tactical Dog Training Vest Harness

OneTigris Tactical Dog Training Vest Harness

ICEFANG Large Dog Tactical Vest Harness

ICEFANG Large Dog Tactical Vest Harness

Ultrafun Tactical Dog Vest

Ultrafun Tactical Dog Vest

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Dr Tracy Douglas
Published 09:58 am

If you’re a dog-lover, chances are you’re already aware of the problems that can arise from a traditional collar and leash set-up. It makes energetic dogs hard to handle, risks chafing and choking, and leaves you nowhere to display important information or store useful items. That’s where tactical dog vests come in: these handy devices make handling your dog far easier, let you display patches, and often act as a sort of canine backpack so your dog can carry their own things.

Whether you’re looking for a service dog vest or a military dog harness, we’re confident there’s something on our list to meet every need. We’ve also taken the time to answer some common questions about tactical dog vests, so you can rest assured your canine companion is safe and happy during use.

The Best Tactical Dog Vest

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OneTigris Tactical Dog Training Vest Harness
OneTigris Tactical Dog Training Vest Harness

Kicking off our list is OneTigris, with their breathable tactical dog gear. This versatile vest, available in five different colors and three different sizes, features MOLLE straps, which allow you to attach all manner of storage pouches to meet you and your dog’s needs.

It’s constructed from 1000 Denier nylon, which is strong, durable, and super light weight. The carefully designed MOLLE dog vest is designed to keep dogs comfortable too, thanks to strategically positioned padding and a soft-cloth covered neck strap. Meanwhile, a wide hook and loop area on the vest offers plenty of space for name tapes or patches.

Two handles equipped with metal clips at the front and back make gripping the harness easy, allowing it to function well as a vest for service dogs.

Versatile MOLLE style dog vest

Available in three sizes and five colors

Made from durable but lightweight 1000 Denier nylon

Breathable

Cleverly-placed padding for maximum comfort

Handles at front and back for easy handling

Quick and easy to put on and take off

Adjustable straps offer a secure fit

Suitable for medium to large sized dogs

Specification:
  • Brand: OneTigris
  • Weight: 14.4 ounces

2

The next MOLLE dog harness to earn itself a spot on our list is Ultrafun’s – it’s available in four different colors and three different sizes, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for pooches great and small.

The vest is compatible with all MOLLE pouches, so it’s the perfect option if you have some kicking about from your own gear, and equally useful as a starting point for getting a collection of pouches on the go. Like most tactical dog harness vests, it’s made from strong and lightweight nylon, using quality stitching. Not only is nylon durable and light, it’s also one of the easiest fabrics around to clean, so you won’t need to worry about adventurous canines ruining the vest by splashing around in the mud.

It’s easy to put onto your dog too, thanks to three adjustable straps that sit a thorax, abdomen, and chest. This adjustability, along with padding on the chest strap, means you can rest assured your pooch is comfortable while they wear the vest.

MOLLE style harness

Available in four colors and three sizes

Constructed from lightweight and durable nylon

Easy to put on and remove thanks to three adjustable straps

Easy to clean

Padded chest strap offers excellent comfort

Specification:
  • Brand: Ultrafun
  • Weight: 12.8 ounces

3

If you’re looking for something a little more compact, we’d recommend Lifeunion’s unique tactical dog harness. Made from high quality 1000 Denier nylon, the vest is tough enough to stand up to whatever your dog’s adventures can throw at it.

Adjustable thorax and abdomen straps make for a snug and comfortable fit, while a sturdy handle makes for easy handling. The vest is fitted with velcro on both sides, where patches can be attached. These patches are the perfect way to display vital information, such as indicating that your dog is working. Although you can’t attach pouches to the vest, unlike some of the other options on our list, it works perfectly as a service or police dog harness that won’t weigh down the canine on the job.

Compact, lightweight harness

Made from high quality 1000 Denier nylon

Adjustable thorax and abdomen straps allow a snug, comfortable fit

Velcro on both sides of the vest is perfect for attaching patches displaying vital information

Great for service dogs, police dogs, and other working pooches

Specification:
  • Brand: Lifeunion
  • Weight: 10.1 ounces

4

IceFang are known for working closely with dog trainers and handlers when designing their products, and this k9 dog harness is no exception. This durable vest is made from the strongest nylon on our list so far: it’s 1,050 Denier, water resistant, and breathable. The vest also features soft padding to ensure your pooch is comfortable wearing it even for extended periods of time.

The vest is incredibly secure, too – its alloy metal buckle has been tested to withstand loads of up to 1,000 pounds. This impressive strength makes the harness ideal for working dogs on the go. The harness also features MOLLE webbing, so you can mix and match the pouches you attach depending upon your needs. On the front of the harness, which sits over your dog’s chest, is a dedicated area of fabric for attaching patches – great for a name tag, or displaying important information.

MOLLE compatible vest for dogs

Available in three sizes and colors

Made from durable 1,050 Denier nylon

Breathable

Soft padding for optimum comfort

Alloy metal buckle can withstand 1,000 pounds of force

Velcro area on the front of the harness is ideal for patches

Adjustable for a great fit – no rubbing or riding

Specification:
  • Brand: ICEFANG
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds

5

Industrial Puppy Service Dog Harness
Industrial Puppy Service Dog Harness

The Industrial Puppy Service Dog Harness is a long-lasting, high-quality industrial vest, made of heavy duty double stitched nylon with reflective and detachable patches for the comfort and safety of your dog. This product will not only ensure your animal is easily identifiable but also serves as an on-the-go, one-stop service pack, that encapsulates and carries all your load, while at work or traveling. You are saved the inconvenience of disorganization with the good number of compartments available. 

A pet owner delight, this reflective animal vest will make working or traveling with a dog a wonderful and delightful experience. Coming in different sizes from small to extra-large, this product has been carefully tailored for a good variety of dog breeds, no matter their size and shape. The vest also comes with a detachable and replaceable strap along with a firm handle for better control of your furry friend Also added to this package, is a comfortable stomach belt for secure strapping which further confirms this dog vest as a carefully crafted, convenient safety tool and carrier.

If you are looking for a dog harness that combines comfort, durability, and safety with pure elegance, you need not look any further. This is just the right product that combines security with a touch of class, as seen from its reflective and fine strap. Whether you need to work or travel at night or during the day, with an attached roomy backpack, this industrial Service dog harness ensures all your dog personal effects are in one bunch. It’s pure bliss while in motion.

Convenient and roomy backpack

Strong and durable

Effective handle

Available In different sizes from small to extra-large

Comfortable

Reflective patch for animal safety

Aesthetically designed

Strong ring for leash

Well ventilated to let in air

Multi-purpose

Easy to wear

Specification:
  • Brand: Industrial Puppy
  • Weight: 1 pounds

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JASGOOD Tactical Dog Vest
JASGOOD Tactical Dog Vest

If you’re looking for strong camouflage potential, look no further than Jasgood’s military dog vest. This MOLLE harness comes with three detachable pouches to get you started, which are equally compatible with other MOLLE gear, such as backpacks and belts. The pouches are easy to attach – as is the vest itself, thanks to three adjustable straps. One of these straps – the one that sits across your dog’s chest – is padded to provide maximum comfort.

Two strong handles at either end of the harness make handling and lifting dogs easy, so it’s ideal for service or military training. The two metal attachment points beneath these handles are the perfect spot for attaching leads. Velcro areas on top of the harness are great for displaying patches – three of which are included with your purchase. Like most high quality tactical vests, this one is made from nylon (1,000 Denier), to ensure lightness, breathability, and a waterproof finish.

Camouflage design available in three different sizes

MOLLE compatible, with three pouches included

Three adjustable straps for a snug fit

Padded chest strap for optimum comfort

Two strong handles at either end of the harness

Two metal attachment points for leads

Velcro space on top of the harness is great for displaying patches

Specification:
  • Brand: JASGOOD
  • Model: JA-bag002-1
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds

7

Earning themselves a second spot on our list is OneTigris, with their compact and lightweight tactical k9 harness. Available in three different sizes and four color options, the vest is a great fit for all medium and large pooches.

The 1,000 Denier nylon of this vest is durable, lightweight, and soft. It’s strategically padded to make it comfortable for dogs to wear even for extended periods of time. Two fully adjustable straps keep the harness from rubbing or riding while in use, while its in-built quick release mechanism make taking the vest off effortless. A handle at the top of the vest makes for easy handling, and beneath this sits a V-ring that’s the perfect place to attach a leash.

As well as better handling and a snug comfortable fit, the vest is MOLLE compatible, allowing you to attach pouches or ID panels to meet your individual needs.

Compact and lightweight design available in three sizes and four colors

1,000 Denier nylon is soft, breathable, and durable

Fully adjustable straps, including a padded chest strap, keeps god comfortable

Quick-release mechanism for easy removal

Handle at the top of the harness, along with a V-ring, for easy handling

MOLLE compatible – features one top panel and 3.5” strips on each side

Specification:
  • Brand: OneTigris
  • Weight: 10.4 ounces

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The next k9 tactical vest to nab a coveted spot on our list is Feliscanis’ offering. The vest, like most of the high quality options on the market, is made from sturdy but lightweight 1,000 Denier nylon. The vest is designed so as to be breathable, preventing your dog from overheating in the summer months, and also features a well-padded chest strap to prevent chafing in this sensitive area. Each end of the vest features a strong handle, making it easy to handle even larger dogs, and lift them if necessary. These handles are accompanied by metallic attachment points for leashes, or other equipment. Both sides of the harness feature MOLLE straps, so you can attach whatever combination of pouches meets your needs. Atop the vest, a large velcro surface is ideal for displaying patches, such as ID and other important information.

The harness is held in place with three fully adjustable straps, so you’re sure to find a secure and comfortable fit providing you follow Feliscanis’ sizing guide.

MOLLE compatible vest

Available in three colors and sizes

Made from lightweight but durable 1,000 Denier nylon

Fits snugly thanks to three adjustable straps

Padded chest strap

Breathable design

Two handles at front and back

Two metallic attachment points at front and back

Large velcro surface for displaying patches

Specification:
  • Brand: Feliscanis

9

Perhaps the most compact option on our list is Excellent Elite’s tactical military-style vest. Available in four sizes, ranging from extra small to extra large, this is one of the better options for owners of smaller pooches.

The vest’s durable nylon is accompanied by a soft padding that prevents it from chafing against your dog’s hair and skin, and offers a snug fit thanks to two adjustable straps. A strong handle and attachment point atop the harness makes handling the dog easy and comfortable, while velcro patches on either side allow you to display patches with vital information. Although this vest doesn’t allow your dog to carry supplies, it does provide a much more secure and comfortable handling point than a conventional collar and leash, as well as providing a surface to display important patches.

Compact tactical vest available in four sizes and five colors

Suitable even for small dogs

Durable nylon, with a padded interior for great comfort

Strong handle, along with an attachment point, makes for easy handling control

Velcro patches on either side allow you to display patches

Specification:
  • Brand: EXCELLENT ELITE SPANKER
  • Model: DG110-COB-02
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces

10

yisibo Service Dog Vest
yisibo Service Dog Vest

Much like the previous entry on our list, Yisibo’s tactical dog vest doesn’t include space for MOLLE attachments, but it does provide a means of handling your dog that’s far more safe and secure than a typical collar and leash.

The 1,000 Denier nylon harness is sturdy and lightweight, featuring soft interior padding and a water resistant coating for maximum comfort and durability. A strong handle that sits on top of the harness is great for convenient handling that won’t risk hurting the dog, while an aluminum alloy ring in the same place is the ideal spot for attaching a leash.

On both sides of the harness, you’ll find velcro surfaces, which are the perfect place to attach patches. These patches could proffer identification, or let the public know that your dog is working and shouldn’t be distracted.

Tactical dog vest, available in two sizes (small and large)

Fully adjustable straps make for a great fit

Made from 1,000 denier nylon

Lightweight and breathable

Padded interior for comfort

Strong handle for safe and convenient handling

Aluminum alloy ring for leash attachment

Velcro surfaces on both sides for patch display

Specification:
  • Brand: yisibo
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces

Tactical Dog Vest Buying Guide & FAQ

And there you have it - the best tactical dog vests on the market right now. To help you decide which one might be right for you and your canine, and to help you get the most out of your purchase, we’ve answered some common questions about these handy devices below.

Things to Consider When Buying a Tactical Dog Vest

Choosing a tactical dog vest is a surprisingly personal decision; which features you require will depend a lot on what you and your dog need it for - below are some key factors to bear in mind:

  • Fit

The first thing to consider when buying a tactical vest for your dog boils down to a simple question: will it fit? Most vests and harnesses are adjustable, allowing them to fit dogs of all shapes and sizes, but it’s a good idea to measure your pooch and check the manufacturer’s size guide carefully before making a final purchase.

  • Carrying Capability

If you need your dog to carry supplies, this should be another key concern. Look out for MOLLE compatible vests for the most versatile storage options, but bear in mind that you’ll need to buy the pouches separately. For built-in storage, consider option 10 on our list - the saddlebag style harness.

  • Space for Patches

For working dogs, letting the general public know you’re on the job and shouldn’t be distracted is vital. If you need to display patches, look out for harnesses that allow this - they’ll usually have velcro surfaces on their top or side, depending on the shape.

  • Handling

Finally, handling is an important consideration when choosing a tactical vest. Most good quality vests feature a sturdy handle or two, and space to attach a leash, giving you great control without hurting the dog. If you suspect you’ll need to lift a larger dog at any point, consider opting for a two handle design for better weight distribution.

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Training of working dog

What Makes it “Tactical”?

The name ‘tactical’ stems from this type of vest’s military origins, and refers mainly to MOLLE compatible versions. MOLLE vests, whether they’re designed to fit humans or dogs, have the advantage of a modular design, meaning various pouches and other means of storing equipment can be switched out to best fit the circumstances at hand. This versatility means they can be used tactically, unlike other storage solutions.

Why You Should Use Tactical Dog Harness

Tactical dog harnesses come with a whole host of benefits; below we outline some key advantages of using them:

  • Tactical dog vests make handling more comfortable for dogs than a leash and collar
  • These vests are comfortable for dogs to wear, thanks to breatable, lightweight fabric and strategically placed padding
  • Wearing a vest offers dogs an extra layer of protection against cuts and scrapes
  • Tactical vests allow patches to be displayed - ideal for making the public aware that working dogs are on the job
  • Many tactical vests offer storage space, freeing up room for more useful items
  • A lot of tactical vests are MOLLE compatible, so you can switch out pouches depending upon your needs that day

Difference Between MOLLE and PALS Webbing

There’s often some confusion in survival and military circles about the difference between MOLLE and PALS, and they’re sometimes used interchangeably - they are certainly connected, but they’re not one and the same.

  • MOLLE - Pronounced like the name ‘Molly’, this acronym stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It’s a category of gear - mainly consisting of backpacks, pouches, vests, and belts - developed by Natick Labs, and used by NATO forces including the US Military. MOLLE equipment can be combined in various ways. If something is said to be MOLLE compatible, this means that other MOLLE items can be connected to it. The system allows for a lot of versatility, as pouches can be rearranged easily.
  • PALS - On the other hand, PALS stands for Pouch Attachment Ladder System. It refers to the webbing system consisting of regularly spaced fabric loops found on MOLLE gear, which allows the modular components to be attached.

In other words, MOLLE equipment is attached via PALS webbing.

Best Tactical Dog Vest FAQ:

Q: How do I pick the right size tactical harness for my dog?

A: Choosing the right size can be a tricky affair, but luckily most manufacturers want to help you out. You’ll likely need to measure your dog’s chest and bust, before checking these sizes against the size ranges offered by the vest maker. Makers usually offer instructions on how to do this.

Shepherd dog standing in a forest

Q: Can my dog get out of the vest?

A: Assuming it’s the correct size and the straps are properly adjusted; no. If your dog is trying to escape the harness, though, you should consider introducing them to it more gradually, and double checking that the fit is good.

Regularly checking for this proper fit is vital for keeping your dog safe, as well as preventing them from sneaking off. Dr Susan Nelson, a veterinary professor at Kansas State University, advises that when dogs pull on the leash wearing a poorly fitting harness, there’s a potential for chest injury.

You should also remember that harnesses can be too tight as well as too loose. You can tell a vest is too tight if it chafes, causes rolls of skin to gather about the dog’s neck, or leaves indentations when it’s removed.

Q: How do I clean my dog's vest?

A: Because most vests are made from durable nylon, they’re very easy to clean; simply wipe down, or pop them in the washing machine.

It’s important to make sure the vest is fully dry before putting it onto your dog again. This is because wearing a wet harness for long periods of time can cause chafing, or in severe cases, a skin infection. To prevent this, consider removing your dog’s harness if it has been wet for more than a couple of hours, and check hidden areas, such as your dog’s armpits and chest once a twice a week to make sure the vest hasn’t started to rub.

Our Top Pick

When it comes to tactical dog vests, we give pride of place to OneTigris, for their padded training harness. Its MOLLE compatible design makes carrying exactly what you need a breeze, allowing it to act as a tactical dog backpack. The two strong handles and leash attachment points make the vest a great way to safely and effectively handle dogs, while a velcro surface on its top is perfect for displaying patches.

As well as being useful for the owner, the vest is comfortable for the dog. It comes in three different sizes, each of which features a breathable design, strategic padding, and adjustable straps for a truly comfortable fit even during long periods of wear. Made from nylon that’s built to last, the durable but comfortable vest will serve you and your pooch well for many years to come.

Source:

  1. Surprising Dog Harness Dangers to Avoid - PetMD

Dr Tracy Douglas
Dr Tracy Douglas
General Practice Veterinarian, currently working at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr. Douglas began her veterinary career as a Veterinary Nurse in Highton Veterinary Clinic, Highton Victoria, and then as an Emergency Veterinarian in Uintah Pet Emergency, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy is particularly interested in surgery, neurology and internal medicine, which gives her a well-rounded knowledge on animal health and well-being. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne, while her undergraduate bachelor of science is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
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