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Essential accessories for tactical K-9s: From tracking collars to ballistic vests

We’ve curated a list of 10 essential pieces of tactical gear for K-9s, including eye and ear protection, harnesses and more

K-9 units are routinely tested in high-risk environments, where their safety and performance are paramount. The appropriate gear, meticulously designed to meet the specific demands faced by K-9s, not only shields them from physical threats but also boosts their ability to execute tasks efficiently and safely.

In the article below, we’ve curated a list of 10 essential pieces of tactical gear for K-9s, including eye and ear protection, ballistic vests and more, all aimed at ensuring the ultimate safety of these courageous canines.

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  • Vet-reviewed and crafted in a medical facility for quality emergency essentials
  • In addition to comprehensive first aid supplies, emergency pet thermometer, collar, tick remover, first aid book and mini pouch included

  • One main drawstring to open top pocket with two small pockets on sides
  • Easy open/close with drawstring
  • MOLLE design allows you to add pouch to combat vest, tactical backpack, belt or other tactical gear
  • Made of 600D Nylon material
  • Reversible leaf-shaped bowl that lays flat over bottle when not in use
  • Holds 27 ounces of water in a stainless steel bottle
  • 100% food-grade silicone bowl cup
  • Odorless — never holds a smell after use
  • Mesh allows air to pass through and moisture to escape
  • Polycarbonate lenses are shatterproof
  • Goggles come with 1 clear and 1 smoke lens
  • Available in 7 sizes
  • Up to 80 hours of battery life
  • Rugged and water-resistant up to 10 meters (1 ATM)
  • Track your dog up to 9 miles away
  • LED beacon lights, activated from your compatible handheld
  • 4-way stretch fabric is lightweight and breathable
  • Foam padding is made of sound absorbing material
  • Design seals around ear for maximum sound protection
  • Available in 3 different sizes
  • Provides vital organ protection from gunfire
  • 1000D Cordura Nylon outer shell, with pack-cloth lining
  • Available in 2 sizes (regular and large)
  • Available in types: Ballistic 2, Ballistic 2 Heavy Duty, Ballistic 3, Ballistic 3 Heavy duty
  • 2x metal buckle (1000-lb. proof-load test) on dog shoulder position
  • 2x POM buckle (250-lb. proof-load test) on belly position
  • Two 1" strips of MOLLE sewn onto both sides
  • Available in 4 sizes
  • Vibram non-marking outsole
  • Tightly woven, yet breathable outsole
  • Low-light visibility with reflective trim
  • Available in 8 sizes
  • Made with high-quality and durable nylon material
  • 2-control handle (one at end and one near the clip)
  • Metal hook and adjustable rectangular clasp

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