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Old 07-12-2012, 01:30 PM
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a cooling vest for dogs, during hot weather?

I have a ruffwear swamp cooler for Duke, for hikes during hot weather that works well for him but am going on a canoe based backcountry camping trip in a few weeks and will only be bringing Mavrick, who is too small to wear Duke's large size cooling vest.

Having a dog joining in on the trip, were going to do most of our paddling earlier morning, in the canoe I'm going to have a cool bed that can be soaked with water, and also make a tarp area overtop to provide shade. Still, it has been averaging between 26-30 (celcius) most days here, and going into the backcountry, I'd like to have a cooling vest in addition to other safety precautions to be safe.

Duke's not coming along the trip because of his artheritis, I think it would be too uncomfortable for him being in the canoe for 4-6 hours a day. Mavrick on the other hand would love it, but I don't want to bring him if he can't come along and be comfortable and safe.

I was looking at the RPCM style Chilly Dog vests, there supposde to be used for military dogs, there a little out of my price range, but would be worth investing in for my own piece of mind. I'm just curious if anyone has any other recommendations or can give me a review on the Chilly dog vests: Link below:

http://store.coolvest.com/c-1-chilly...ling-vest.aspx

Mavrick is a border collie and about 50lbs, I'm going to contact the maker, but it seems as though they only come in a large size (being modeled by a GSD) and a small size, so I wonder if either make would work properly for Mavrick.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:37 PM
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I think we had a thread on this recently...might want to do a searh since that thread could have good info for you. At any rate I have a Saratoga Horseworks cooling coat for my dogs and really like it.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:49 PM
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I've heard good things about the Hurtta Cooling Coat but I have never used it
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:55 PM
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I have the RPCM vest. I got the large one, and it is too big for Tempie. It barely fits Boone, but that's who it was for, and I wanted the larger one in case other dogs on my team needed it. I like it. I don't use it while he's working as it would just get in the way. But when I break him, I cool him down by pouring cold water on his belly, groin, and pits, and then I put the vest on him. It's the only vest I've come across that I actually liked.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:05 PM
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Very old picture, 8 months old I believe? But she's grown into it a lot, but I bought one of the swamp coolers because I was gifted a Bass Pro shop gift card and needed to use it on something and decided to make it something useful:


I personally love it. Although I have no experience with any other product I would give this one top marks as I found it works to cool even when it isn't wet, at least on my very sun soaking black dog.

I find it interesting how much the Hurrta one looks like the swamp cooler, I would like to see one in person to compare, no idea where I would find them though.

Asides from that, the only other cooling products I have/use are those Sham-wow's and knock offs, you can get cheaper knock offs that work just as well, or I also place old towels in the freezer wet, really nice for super hot days! I also just recently experimented with something, I made a custom embroidered neck cooler for Enda, it has a piece of one of those shammies in it. Sorry no pics right now, Adobe's crashing my computer again.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:15 PM
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Goose has a Hurtta and we like it quite a lot I've not used any other brands to compare, though
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:48 PM
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The Hurtta seems to be thicker to me than the RuffWear coats - it just seems like it would hold more water. I know that it holds water well - I accidentally left one in my car in the garage overnight (windows open, closed garage at about 90* air temp) and it was still damp the next afternoon.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:52 PM
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The Hurtta seems to be thicker to me than the RuffWear coats - it just seems like it would hold more water. I know that it holds water well - I accidentally left one in my car in the garage overnight (windows open, closed garage at about 90* air temp) and it was still damp the next afternoon.
Thicker/holding more water isn't necessarily better. Ideally for max cooling you want a high evap rate and just enough water retention so you don't have to constantly re-wet. Otherwise with a heavier coat or a coat with a evap rate that's too low, once you exhaust the Cp value of the water you just end up with a damp and warm/hot dog and the value of the coat is mostly just in reflecting sun.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:51 PM
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That does make sense Shai. Not sure how to compare the two verbally really lol - it didn't seem heavy or anything like that but I havent had my hands on a wet swamp cooler before, either.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:11 PM
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Thanks for all of the input everyone,

I think I'll go with the cooling vest made by Saratoga horseworks, it's closer to my price range.

http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fu...oga Horseworks
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