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Top Features
  • Waterproof nylon material
  • MOLLE Webbing on both sides
  • VELCRO on both sides
  • 3 Sizes - M, L, XL
  • 5 Tactical colors to choose from
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Pros: Lightweight, durable, plenty of room for attachments

Cons: The buckles have been known to detach fairly easy if the vest is too tight

Bottom line: This lightweight & durable vest is a great tactical vest for medium, large and extra large dogs. Be sure to measure your dog accurately in order to get the right fit. 

Manufacturer: Elite Spanker

The breakdown

The Elite Spanker tactical service dog vest is a great alternative to the traditional dog harness. It has a 4-point built in strap system with 4 quick release buckles for a easy on – off fitting. The material is made of the same material used in hiking back packs and U.S. Military gear. This vest is similar to the OneTigris vest with minor variations of the hardware. 

Best applications

Giving your dog a job is one of the most rewarding and beneficial  gestures you can do for them. It helps to grow a strong bond between you and your dog that will last a lifetime. When picking out a fun and exciting job be sure and evaluate your dog. Find out what he likes to do and what he’s capable of doing. 

Some dogs like to meet every person they see on the streets, which would make for a great medic. Other dogs like to be left alone and focus on other things like leading and protecting the pack, which would make for a great point man. Some dogs are born to do them all. When shopping for a tactical dog vest consider all the jobs your dog both can and want to do and pick a vest best suited to accommodate those jobs. 

Training

If your dog has a lot of energy, all the time, then this vest would make a great tool to help calm him down. Tactical dog vests have been proven to slow dogs down during walks and reduce pulling and tugging. Having the vest on makes your dog feel like they have a job to do and leaves no room for funny business. Consider getting the Ultrafun tactical dog vest to help assist you with training your dog for both easy and more complicated commands. 

Medic

Attaching a medical kit and supplies to your dogs vest will give him a very important and helpful job as a medic. Whether your training alone with your dog or hiking in a populated area, having medical supplies is always a good idea. Consider attaching a prominent MEDIC badge for identification purposes and let people know your dog has supplies in case of an emergency. This vest has plenty of room for gear and badge attachments.

Navigator

Whether you’re going on a long hike in the deep woods or participating in a search and rescue mission, having a navigator in your group is important. Now, we all know dogs can’t read maps and navigate but they can carry the gear. With the Molle webbing and secure VELCRO on this vest you can give your dog the navigator title and allow him to carry the gear. Having your dog carry the navigation necessities is great. If you’re ever in need of your compass, map, flashlight or phone, you can easily pull it from your dogs vest instead of digging through your pack. 

Point man

When walking on a leash, most dogs tend to lead and walk in front of us. Some like to walk with us by our sides but that is rare. When your dog leads he is taking the role of the point man. This causes him to be the first one exposed to a threat or danger. If hiking in the deep woods with wild animals or a neighborhood with wild dogs, consider getting your point man the Ultrafun tactical dog vest.

You can attach necessary items like battery operated LED lights and  reflector badges for better visibility, a small cow bell for an audio deterrent, or even protective spikes. The vest itself will also help protect your dog from scratching or minor attacks from wild animals. Make sure your point man is protected and safe during your adventures and training.

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Available Sizes

Medium

  • 50lb PITBULL
  • 45lb HUSKY
  • 40lb SCHNAUZER

Large

  • 70lb BOXER
  • 68lb PIT BULL 
  • 90lb HUSKY

X-Large

  • 120lb GREAT DANE
  • 100lb ROTTWEILLER
  • 150LB GSD  

This Elite Spanker dog vest comes available in 3 sizes Medium, Large and Extra-Large. When choosing a the right size vest for your dog be sure to measure at least twice. If your dog has long hair you will want to squeeze your tape in some to get a better measurement. Don’t confuse their fluff with their body. When you go to put the vest on the hair will squeeze inward. Leave enough room for you to get two finger between your dog and the vest.

You want to get the correct size vest for your dog otherwise they will not enjoy using it. There are many different guides, how-to’s, reviews and testimonies all about sizing up your dog.  

Durability

1000D Nylon

The Elite Spanker tactical service dog vest is made with long lasting, water proof  nylon material. The same durable material used to make most hiking back packs with. It is abrasion resistant and will protect your dog from sharp objects like tree limbs, rocks, concrete and other damaging debris. 

Straps and buckles

The nylon strap material that hold the 4-point harness system has tough bar tack box stitching on each strap. This heavy-duty stitching ensure the straps stay connected to the vest firmly and securely. Furthermore, the handle located at the back of the neck is securely attached to the vest with box stitching on both sides as well. This vest is lightweight, durable and water resistant. 

PALS webbing for Molle attachments

The PALS grid consists of horizontal rows of 1 in Type III nylon webbing, spaced 1 in apart, and reattached to the backing at 1.5 in intervals. This follows the PALS standards used in the U.S. Military. The PALS webbing is used to attach your Molle gear attachments and other gear with attachment options. You can use Velcro or accessories with button straps as long as it can fit through the 1″ PALS grid. 

Comfort

The Elite Spanker tactical dog vest is perfect for everyday use. With the four-point harness system you are able to achieve a snug and secure fit to your dogs unique body. The soft, breathable, water proof material underneath helps to prevent chaffing and soreness. The vest is not too big in length or heavy in weight. Not having a big and bulky vest will easily allow your dog to lie down and rest in the shade. 

Breathability

When it comes to taking your dog outdoors on a hot day, you want to ensure he doesn’t over heat. Keeping your dog from over heating while outdoors is crucial. Be sure that you use the correct vest for the correct climates. The Eilte Spanker is a great vest to wear on both hot and cool days. The thin material allows for maximum air flow while also protecting from the harmful sun UV rays.  

Conclusion

Tactical dog vests can be a great way to improve your dogs behavior, assist them with training and give them a job to do. In addition, the  adventures, missions and hikes you go on will build a stronger bond between you and your dog. The simplicity, durability and  attachment space of the Elite Spanker tactical vest make it a fantastic option for both the seasoned veteran or a new recruit learning the ropes.