Gear Review: The tactical dog days of August
By Eve Flanigan
Using the rear dee as a lead attachment keeps pressure off the dog’s neck and keeps the harness in place. (Photo: Team HB)
Going to the dogs
The presence of K9 officers is increasingly common at public events and in everyday policing. Whether for evidence detection or as an element of restraint or force, K9s are both useful to department functions as well as popular ambassadors between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Also on the rise is ownership by civilians of dogs with specialized training for protective work. Many families who are trained up with firearms consider the dog as complement to their overall home protection plan. A specially trained dog may be viewed as a primary line of defense by individuals and families living in restrictive jurisdictions.
Chester is pretty happy in his HTC collar and lead! (Photo: Team HB)
Gear for the tactical woofer
More K9 helpers means more demand for dog gear. Chester the Boxer and I tested three items, two from Virginia-based High Threat Concealment (HTC) and one from California’s Advance Dynamic, on miles of runs, walks, and some play time.
HTC’s Tactical K9 collar ($55 or $60 depending on size) is available in two widths, 1.0 and 1.75 inches. Color