Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Padded reflective or mesh emotional support dog vests

Reflective, Padded, or Mesh: Which Emotional Support Dog Vest is Best?

There are three main kinds of emotional support dog vest: reflective, padded, and mesh. When choosing the one that’s right for your ESA dog, you must consider your options. Do you prefer the added safety of a reflective vest, or would a mesh vest be more comfortable for your dog? Although any kind of emotional support dog vest will work, it’s important to choose one that fits both your and your dog’s specific needs.

Reflective Emotional Support Dog Vest

A reflective ESA dog vest is useful for running errands at night or under dimly lit conditions. Reflective strips are attached to each side of the vest, offering increased visibility at night. Many reflective vests come with features like Velcro enclosures and zipper pockets for convenient storage of ID cards, wallets, or other small items. Comfort is also a priority with these vests, and they are made from medium-weight fabric for breathability and durability.

Padded Emotional Support Dog Vest

Padded emotional support dog vests are made to last. Each padded vest features two layers of 1000 denier nylon/urethane fabric for durability and safety. They are also weather resistant, and all seams are bound and reinforced for long-lasting use. These features ensure the vest will enable your dog to provide you with comfort and support for years. The extra padding also provides comfort and safety for your dog.

Mesh Emotional Support Dog Vest

A mesh ESA dog vest is ideal for hot or humid weather conditions. If you’re worried about your dog’s comfort while he supports you, a mesh vest adds all-important breathability. These are a good choice for long-haired dogs, who may already run a bit warmer during hot weather. Unlike our other types of ESA vests, the mesh vests do not have ID badge holders; however, they do have the typical ESA patch attached, as well as space for an additional patch if needed. All ESA dog vests have adjustable girth and chest straps that provide a perfect fit and are available for both small (under 30 lbs.) and large dogs (30 lbs. and up). Whichever type of emotional support dog vest you choose, your dog will feel comfortable and safe enough to provide you with comfort and support. Make sure that when you go out in public that you are prepared with the right ESA dog vest.

How Much Identification Do You Need for Your Therapy Dog?

How much does the public really know about a therapy dog? The first thing they should know is that therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort to help elders in nursing homes, victims of disaster areas, visit schools and other visitation areas helping others manage their stress. However, the second and equally important thing they need to know is that a therapy dog does not have the same rights as a service dog.

Although service dogs are protected by government laws, a therapy dog is not. He may not be able to access the same areas a service dog could. Therefore, identification may be used to help the public understand how he helps others in a public setting.

We have listed several means of therapy dog identification that you can use to show that the animal is clearly a therapy dog. This will help avoid any possibility of misrepresentation in public, while allowing others to see the benefits of how a therapy dog can help them.

Therapy Dog Vests

A vest is a clear signifier that a dog in a public place is not just a pet but is helping their handler or helping others as a Therapy Dog. Many people who see a dog wearing a vest associate them with service dogs, so it is of the utmost importance to ensure the therapy dog wears a therapy dog vest. This is a vest that has patches attached to it that clearly say in bold letters: “Therapy Dog.” These vests may also store an ID card for further identification.

Therapy Dog ID Cards

When it comes to providing professional-looking identification upon request, a therapy dog ID card can be very useful. When asked about the therapy dog, you may provide an ID card that clearly states your name, your dog’s name, or your organization, and the words “Therapy Dog.” These cards can help clear up any misconceptions about whether your dog is a therapy dog or service dog.

Patches

As we mentioned before, patches attached to therapy dog vests are a good way to identify a dog as a therapy dog. You may use additional patches that say valuable information like “Disabled Veteran,” “U.S. Army,” and U.S. Marines” to provide more context to your dog’s function in a public setting. Additional patches may be added to your dog’s vest or may be attached via clip-on patch tags.

You can find other accessories to help you identify a dog as a therapy dog, including window decals and keepsake cards. These can be helpful, but their use will depend on where you are going with the therapy dog. Wherever you choose to go with a therapy dog, just be sure to have several methods of identification such as therapy dog patches and ID Cards.