If you’re anything like us, the excitement of your new dog vest will have an everlasting effect on both you and your dog.You’ll be excited about all the new adventures you’ll be going on and all the new gear you could bring with you. You’ll use your new vest on every hike and walk you go on, rain or shine.
Dog vests are similar to our own jackets. They get dirty and need to be washed occasionally. Luckily most vests are waterproof so cleaning them is a breeze.
Then one day you notice a foul odor, similar to a swamp, coming from the broom closet that you store your dog’s vest in. As you open the closet to investigate it dawns on you that you haven’t washed the vest since you purchased it. Having used your vest countless times, in rain, early dewy mornings or warm summer days without washing it can make a very stinky vest.
How to Clean Your Dog’s Vest
With most tactical and service dog vests being waterproof and made of nylon, cleaning them is easier than washing your whites for the week.
Simply throw them in the bathtub and run warm water over them. If your vest is saturated with mud, lake water or grass it is recommended to hose it off outside first. When you’re done with washing your vest you need to let it air dry. Do not put the vest in the dryer unless the manufacturer says to and do not let it air dry in the sun. This will weaken the vest and create potential safety issues for your dog.
How Often Should I Clean My Dog’s Vest?
There are a number of factors that will decide this.
- How many miles have you trekked since the last cleaning?
- What type of terrain and environment are you walking in?
- What time of day does your dog typically wear the vest?
- Does your dog wear the vest while at home?
All these questions should be taken into consideration when determining how often you should clean your vest.
Inspect Sensitive Areas
Make sure and inspect the sensitive areas after your first couple of walks. Be sure that the vest is not chaffing your dog’s legs or neck area. This can lead to sores, rash and possibly an infection. Making sure the vest is not too tight or too loose is important in preventing this. After a few walks, and some minor adjustments, most owners are able to find a comfortable fit that is safe for their dog.