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Four Things To Consider When Purchasing A Vest For Your Service Dog

Many people with anxiety disorders have a hard time going out in public on a regular basis because it overwhelms them so much. Service dogs are now being used to help people with anxiety disorders be able to live a more normal life and interact with the public in a less restrictive way. If you have a dog that you want to get certified as a service dog, you will need to have a vest for him or her to wear when you are in public so that they can easily be identified as a service dog. The following guide walks you through a few things to take into consideration when choosing the right vest for your service dog.

Consider How Long the Vest Needs to Be

The first thing you need to do is measure your dog. Measure from the scruff of your dog's neck to the location where you want the vest to end when he or she wears it. The vests are available in many different lengths, and you want to be sure that it will be long enough to be easy to see when your dog wears it.

Consider How Wide the Vest Needs to Be

The vest will need to wrap around the rib cage and possibly stomach of your dog, depending on how long you choose for it to be. Measure around these areas so that you can be sure to choose a vest that is wide enough to fit your dog comfortably.

Consider the Material the Vest Is Made From

You need to choose a vest that is made from breathable materials so that your dog can wear it year-round. Materials that are not breathable can cause heat to become trapped, which can cause your dog to become overheated during the hot summer months or when he or she is in a heated building during the winter.

Consider the Closure That Secures the Vest

The vests are available with buckled, zippered, or hook-and-eye closures. You need to consider which option will be the easiest to use on your dog and which will stay on your dog the best when he or she wears the vest.

After taking these things into consideration, you will be ready to adorn your service dog with the proper uniform. When you go out in public with your dog, he or she needs to have on the vest at all times so business owners can easily identify that he or she is a service dog and not ask you to remove the dog from their property. Go to websites of companies that sell service dog vests for additional information.