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Top 5 Hunting Dog Vests of 2021

Dog vests to help increase visibility and protect your pup against the harsh natural elements and environmental conditions of the uplands and wetlands.

Top 5 Hunting Dog Vests of 2021

Rivers West Pointer Vest (Photo By: Chris Ingram)

Rivers West – Pointer Vest 

Designed specifically for deep-chested pointing dogs, the waterproof and whisper-quiet Pointer Vest offers your short-haired gun dog added warmth during colder mornings and late season hunts. The stretchable, soft fleece garment moves with your pointing breed as they dart and dodge through the cover. Available in sizes ranging from XS to 2XL in safety yellow or blaze orange.

$50; riverswest.com

CUGA - Hunting Dog Vest 

CUGA hunting dog vest
CUGA Hunting Dog Vest (Photo courtesy of CUGA Vest)

With your active upland dog in mind, CUGA provides two essential elements needed in a hunting dog vest: visibility and protection. Proudly made in the USA, the durable, double-layered 1000 Denier Cordura fabric adds a brush-proof layer to buffer your bird dog from brambles and briars while making them highly visible in the field. This breathable, adjustable vest is available in an array of sizes from extra small to extra large as well as a narrow or standard sizing option to optimize your hunting partner’s fit.

$80; cugavest.com

Mendota - Skid Plate

Mendota Skid Plate
Mendota Skid Plate (Photo By: Josh Steele)

The scaled-down style of the skid plate offers preferred protection for your pup in high-contact areas while adding a hint of orange for visibility. For many handlers, this option offers the right balance between a little armor and added visual awareness. This chest protector comes in sizes from small to extra-large with adjustable straps. Save the scars and scratches for the skid plate and keep your dog focused on finding flushes and feathers.

$47; mendotapet.com


Dog Not Gone – No Fly Zone Safety Dog Vest 

Dog Not Gone No Fly Zone NFZ safety dog vest
Dog Not Gone NFZ Safety Dog Vest (Photo courtesy of Dog Not Gone)

If there’s one thing that drives hunters crazier than missing birds, it’s picking ticks off their pups during and after a hunt. To combat these creepy crawlers, the No Fly Zone line of products from Dog Not Gone feature a Permethrin-treated fabric to fend off disease-carrying ticks and other insects. Primed for the punishing upland conditions and coming in three colors and four sizes, this comfortable vest keeps your dog safe and seen with an additional eye-catching reflective stripe.

$48; dognotgone.com

Rig’Em Right - Bloodline Elite Dog Vest   

Rig Em Right Bloodline Elite Dog Vest
Rig'Em Right Bloodline Elite Dog Vest Vest (Photo courtesy of Rig'Em Right)

Ducks, generally speaking, prefer waiting for the nastiest, coldest conditions when showing up to your local water. You need to keep your duck dog warm in between volleys. This vest from Rig’Em Right does just that. Five sizes are available so you can get the perfect fit for next-to-skin warmth, increased flotation, and protection against anything unpleasant.

$80; rigemright.com


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