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Cool Comfort: Comparing Cooling Harnesses and Cooling Vests for Dogs

By Canada Pooch on Aug 2, 2023

Cooling products, such as cooling harnesses and cooling vests, have gained popularity for their ability to regulate a dog's body temperature and prevent overheating during warm weather. In this blog, we will compare the features, benefits, and considerations of cooling harnesses and cooling vests, helping you make an informed decision on the best cooling solution for your pup. 


Cooling Harnesses - Unleashing the Comfort 

Features of Cooling Harnesses: 

Evaporative Cooling Effect: Cooling harnesses utilize the principles of evaporative cooling to keep dog's cool. The specialized fabric retains water, and as it evaporates, it draws heat away from the dog's body, offering a refreshing cooling sensation. 

Water-Retaining Fabric: Cooling harnesses are designed with water-absorbent materials that retain moisture for an extended cooling effect. This feature ensures your dog stays cool and comfortable during prolonged outdoor activities. 

Mesh Layers for Air Circulation: Cooling harnesses often feature breathable mesh layers that promote airflow, enhancing the cooling process. The mesh design prevents the harness from becoming too hot or restrictive, ensuring better comfort for your dog. 

Adjustable Chest Straps: Cooling harnesses come with adjustable chest straps, allowing for a customized fit that suits your dog's body shape and size. This feature ensures the cooling effect is evenly distributed for maximum comfort. 

Dual Leash Attachments: Our cooling harnesses have both front and back D-rings for leash attachment. The no-pull front D-ring discourages pulling behavior, while the back D-ring offers a standard leash attachment option. 


Benefits of Cooling Harnesses: 

Cooling harnesses offer dual function combining a traditional no-pull harness with cooling functionality, making them ideal for active dogs during hikes and outdoor play. The adjustable chest straps ensure a snug fit and even cooling, preventing discomfort and chafing. Dual leash attachments provide versatility and control during walks and outdoor adventures. 

Cooling harnesses are suitable for all breeds and sizes, with multiple size options available. 


Considerations for Cooling Harnesses: 

Cooling harnesses will not provide the same type of full-body cooling that a cooling vest provides. 

Some dogs may require time to adjust to wearing a harness, especially if they are not accustomed to it. 


Cooling Vests - Beating the Heat in Style 

Features of Cooling Vests: 

Evaporative Cooling Effect: Cooling vests use the same evaporative cooling technology as cooling harnesses to keep dog's cool. Soaked in water, the specialized fabric cools the dog's body through evaporation. 

Water-Retaining Fabric: Like cooling harnesses, cooling vests are made from water-absorbent materials that retain moisture, providing a lasting cooling effect. 

Mesh Layers for Air Circulation: Many cooling vests include mesh panels to enhance airflow, ensuring efficient evaporation and overall cooling. 

Easy Activation: Cooling vests are easy to activate by soaking them in water, and they can quickly be reactivated as needed during outdoor activities. 

Versatility in Design: Cooling vests come in various designs and sizes to cater to different breeds and individual preferences. Canada Pooch also offers several print and color options to match your dog's personality and style. 


Benefits of Cooling Vests: 

  • Cooling vests provide overall body coverage, ensuring full-body cooling for dogs. 
  • They are suitable for dogs of all activity levels, including both active and less active dogs. 
  • Cooling vests are lightweight and non-restrictive, allowing for unrestricted movement during outdoor play and walks. 
  • Many cooling vests come in fashionable designs, allowing dogs to stay cool in style. 
  • They are easy to use, with simple activation and reusability. 


Considerations for Cooling Vests: 

  • It may take some dogs longer to adjust to wearing the cooling vest, especially those not used to wearing clothes. 


Choosing the Right Cooling Solution for Your Dog 

When deciding between a cooling harness and a cooling vest for your dog, consider the following factors: 

Activity Level: If your dog is highly active and enjoys vigorous outdoor play, a cooling harness may be more suitable, as it offers better freedom of movement and with the built- in harness allows for easy leash attachment.  

Breed and Coat Type: Consider your dog's breed and coat type. Dogs with thick or dense fur may benefit more from a cooling vest, as it can offer more full body cooling relief. 

Comfort and Fit: Choose a cooling product that provides a comfortable and secure fit for your dog. Both cooling harnesses and cooling vests come with adjustable features to ensure a customized fit. 

Ease of Use: Consider how easy the cooling product is to activate and maintain. Both cooling harnesses and dog cooling vests are simple to use, requiring only water soaking for activation. 

Personal Preference: Consider your dog's individual preferences and comfort level. Some dogs may be more receptive to wearing a harness, while others may prefer a vest. 


Cooling harnesses and cooling vests are both excellent solutions to help your pup beat the heat and stay cool during summer adventures. Cooling harnesses are ideal for active dogs, providing comfort and built-in harness features. On the other hand, cooling vests offer full-body cooling and versatility in design, catering to various breeds and coat types. When choosing between a cooling harness and a cooling vest, consider your dog's activity level, breed, and comfort preferences to make the best choice for their well-being. Whichever cooling solution you choose, rest assured that both cooling harnesses and cooling vests will enhance your dog's outdoor experiences and keep them cool, comfortable, and happy during the hottest days of the year. 


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