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The utility of having dogs in the service is indispensable with their heightened senses of sight, hearing, and instincts. Man's best friend is an agile, loyal, fast and strong partner in situations that involve one-on-one combat as they can neutralize attackers with ease. However, this means that dogs face the same threats as their human handler, such as the possibility of getting shot at, stabbed or hurt with a slashing object.
K9 Body armor is a relatively new subdivision in the field of protective clothing, largely due to the fact that research and development focus on more human-centric areas. Fortunately, this is starting to change as more and more dogs find their way in the law enforcement and military fields and it is becoming apparent that they need the same level of protection to be able to fulfill their duties. From bomb-sniffing dogs to first responders and canines used to locate people buried under rubble - these animals often face tasks that are just as difficult and challenging as those of their human handlers and, because of that, they need adequate protection.
Although supplying dogs in the force with protective gear isn’t a new concept, the development of specialized and fortified armor has just began to hit major milestones. Currently, body armor for dogs is manufactured following the NIJ standards for safety and the most popular levels are II and IIIA.
SafeGuard's protective series of body armor for dogs is designed specifically for K9s exposed to dangerous high risk situations. The K-9 NIJ level II vest is capable of stopping the rounds most frequently found on the streets today .Vests are manufactured with the highest quality ballistic material and come with a removable nylon outer carrier. They have a three piece design with adjustable velcro and elastic straps at the shoulders and girth of the dog to ensure they fit any size and shape.
Some dog vests have a top zippered closure with adjustable side straps for easy adjustment and provide an optimum coverage. Because a dog's biggest advantage is its speed and instinctive reflex - SafeGuard's vests are designed from the most lightweight materials possible to optimizes range of motion and promote longer peak performance times. This reduces K9 fatigue and heat stress.
Level II and IIIA vests offer a ballistic/stab-resistant combination and protect military and law enforcement dogs. Due to recent passage of the James Guelff-Chris McCurley Body Armor Act, vests can only be shipped to Law Enforcement agencies, individuals, organizations and departments after verification of the buyer's Law Enforcement or Military credentials.
Designed for maximum protection, comfort, and durability in the field, K9 vests are capable of accommodating any Armor Express level II, IIIA, and Stab/Spike ballistic package, giving K-9 handlers more peace of mind in knowing that their partner is as well protected as they are.