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I'm pleased to report that after lots of socialisation, I have upgraded my 8mnth old German Shepherd from a 'caution' vest to a 'training' vest, due to her progress. She is still learning and can be unpredictable, so I find the 'training' vest a great tool to use in public. Great quality too.
I purchased the Training jacket and 60cm lead. My 9 month old dog is doing basic training until he is one year old to start his public access test training. he behaves differently when he is wearing his jacket, he is calmer. Other people give him space. My left hand has little strength and I find the short lead great for our training walks as the padded handle is comfortable.
Ged is an adult Labrador Retriever who is doing advanced obedience training,which includes PAT (public access training). This coat is too small for him around the belly,fine along his back and over his shoulders. I have made an extension to the belly strap using Velcro,which has solved the problem nicely.
Apart from that sizing issue, this is a well made coat,highly visible and with the "training" lead makes Ged look very business-like!
It is important that people realise a dog is being trained so that they don't talk to him or make eye contact whilst he is working.......with this coat no explanations are needed.
Evie at 10 months is still a puppy even though she is a big girl. She is still learning the correct way to behave when out and about. The coat and collar let people know that she is 'in training' and not just a naughty dog. Three years ago we purchased the Friendly gear for our older dog who still uses the leash, it is still in excellent condition. Great quality products, suitable for large, strong dogs and wash up like new each time.
My young dog has still lots to learn and is easily distracted, whilst he has his coat and lead on it is very helpful in letting people know that we are working together and maybe need that extra space which is important. They are bright and modern and make people aware immediately. The handle of the lead is very comfortable being padded, the sides of the lead itself are a little rough, I have to keep drawing in for teaching recall whilst still on lead at present. The coat is excellent, a very comfortable fit, and the reflective stripe for night walking is very good. Thoughtful products.