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Last December, after several lonely months being Dobe-less, I was lucky enough to get 10 month old Holloway’s More Than a Feeling. My little nugget, now goes by the name Willie (or Nugget). He is very sweet and pretty chill for a 19 month old Doberman-even when he is having one of his “teenager” moments.

Part of my agreement with Willie’s breeder is to finish him. He was in a couple of shows before I got him and did ok in his age group, but really needed to mature to be able to compete. His breeder thinks he is ready to show again, so he is entered in a couple of specialties and all breed shows in NJ the weekend after Labor Day.

I just found out it is an outdoor show, and having lived near there for years, I know how hot it can be in early Sept.

Does any one have any recommendations for cooling vests? Willie is entered in both all bred and both specialties on the Saturday and Sunday, so we will be there all day, and I want to make sure he stays cool and comfortable.

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Hey there! I had the same question a month or two ago. It gets really hot here down south in the summer, and my doberboy is taking agility classes. Even though it's in the morning, it tends to heat up quick! Here's what worked for me.

RUFFWEAR - Swamp Cooler Evaporative Dog Cooling Vest, Compatible with Harnesses, Graphite Gray

You'll likely get a lot of other great suggestions as well! This particular one is one that you soak in water and it stays wet and cools off your pup. Even in the middle of a New Mexico summer day, it keeps wet for a good amount of time and keeps my dog comfortable.

Good luck!
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Clean run just came out with this and it looks cool (pun intended).

https://www.cleanrun.com/product/chi...?ParentCat=256

I can attend to how good the aluminet shade clothes are. Combined with a damp mesh backing, it looks like it would really work.
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Yikes, sorry I messed up the hyperlink in my previous post and can't go back to edit it. Here's the correct link to the cooling vest I referenced!

Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Vest
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Clean run just came out with this and it looks cool (pun intended).

https://www.cleanrun.com/product/chi...?ParentCat=256

I can attend to how good the aluminet shade clothes are. Combined with a damp mesh backing, it looks like it would really work.
I know quite a few people that use this one and say it works the best - better than the evaporative cooling types.


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I know quite a few people that use this one and say it works the best - better than the evaporative cooling types.
I so want one, but I don't have a dog to put it on yet.
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Last December, after several lonely months being Dobe-less, I was lucky enough to get 10 month old Holloway’s More Than a Feeling. My little nugget, now goes by the name Willie (or Nugget). He is very sweet and pretty chill for a 19 month old Doberman-even when he is having one of his “teenager” moments.

Part of my agreement with Willie’s breeder is to finish him. He was in a couple of shows before I got him and did ok in his age group, but really needed to mature to be able to compete. His breeder thinks he is ready to show again, so he is entered in a couple of specialties and all breed shows in NJ the weekend after Labor Day.

I just found out it is an outdoor show, and having lived near there for years, I know how hot it can be in early Sept.

Does any one have any recommendations for cooling vests? Willie is entered in both all bred and both specialties on the Saturday and Sunday, so we will be there all day, and I want to make sure he stays cool and comfortable.

Thanks!
Sharon Marinelli of Sharjet Dobermans makes great cool coats - I would contact her and order one. Bring a cooler to the show with Ice - then add water so you can soak the cool coat ringside. I'm not planning on those shows - I think my next shows are the shows in Macungie PA the weekend of September 14th (my birthday).

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Hi Mary Jo,
I'm sorry you won't be at the shows in NJ, it would be nice to meet you. I would also love your opinion of Willie. I have had rescues in the past and this is my first foray into confirmation. He has a great peditgree: Nicklby's Great & Mighty Oz x Mick Rick's Born to Win, so DNA-wise should do well. I know nothing about confirmation, so am already nervous for my little nugget! His breeder is showing him that weekend, and has done well with him when he was a pup, so fingers crossed he doesn't decide to be a teenager that weekened, lol. Personally, I think he is beautiful, but mostly, I love his personality and his sweet, goofy heart.
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Willie's measurements are pretty out of whack for the Chillybuddy. His girth is 34 inches, which puts him in an XL or XXL, but his neck is much thinner than those sizes warrant, and his back is not as long. What size do you have for your dobe?
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I have a kool koat chamois one. It works well but you have to be gentle with it as it can easily tear when dry. You probably want the 24" or 23" if he is smaller/short backed.
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