Mod-Tec Service Dog Harness with Packs Review

Mod-Tec Service Dog HarnessThe law doesn’t require service dogs to wear any specific type of identification or gear, but most service dogs will wear a type of harness for identification purposes and as a way to hold necessary gear for the pet owner. The cape harness is probably the most common type of harness used and features fabric that drapes across the dog’s back. This cape harness by Mod-Tec can be utilized in any situation thanks to the number of storing options available, allowing the owner to remain well prepared while out of the home. This very versatile piece of equipment allows you to add patches for customization and is also designed with the pet’s comfort in mind.

The Mod-Tec service dog harness is described as the toughest therapy dog/service dog harness around. This model comes with a free service dog patch and comes equipped with two large packs, integrated webbing system, and a lifetime product warranty.

Service Dog Harness Overview and Product Features

This service dog harness by Petjoy was put through the wringer during the design and production phase, undergoing extensive testing for a period of twelve months before it was released to the public. This model features a modular vest system that’s very versatile and comes complete with large backpacks that allow the user to store and carry everything from medication to water bottles, making this model a very serious piece of working equipment for dogs.

This harness uses the modular lightweight load carrying equipment webbing system that allows you to attach accessories and the two included packs. Dog owners with military experience will definitely appreciate the security and stability of this system. The packs have been expertly secured so they will never move or flop around as the dog moves. The packs can also be adjusted backward or forward.

The included packs have been widely used in first aid and tactical trauma scenarios and measure in at 7” x 8” x 3” and provide a total of 336 cubic inches of carrying space. When not in use, the packs can also be easily removed.

The tear away packs are designed for dog owners who are looking for even more versatility and space. Each of these packs measures in at 7.5” x 6.5” and can fold out to an impressive twenty-six inches in length. The packs are designed to hold a large variety of supplies and they stand tall enough to accommodate a standard sized water bottle. The user can also utilize the quick release buckle feature and remove the pack from the harness without compromising the modular lightweight load carrying equipment webbing system.

On the back, the double girth straps make the function and the fit of this harness incomparable. Dog owners will not have to worry about pet discomfort, shifting or sliding of the harness when their pet is carrying a larger load.

The harness is also equipped with a couple of forward placed D-rings to hook a bridge handle or leash.

A wide strip of Velcro runs all the way down the center of the harness so the user can add patches. The harness currently comes with the free service dog patch.

The harness is available in four sizes measuring from small to extra-large. The small size is perfect for dogs with a girth measuring in at twenty-six to thirty inches. The medium sized harness works for dogs with a girth measurement of thirty to thirty-four inches. Size large will fit dogs with a measurement of thirty-four to forty inches and the extra-large model works well for pets with a measurement of forty to forty-two inches.

The harness is also available in four color options including red, ACU digital camo, and twilight gray, and woodland camo.

Mod-Tec Dog Harness Pros and Cons

Pros: Buyers raved about the overall fit of the harness. One wide strap runs under the stomach and chest, with a second strap that runs around the neck. The attachment system is able to easily support almost any accessory and the packs also offer adequate space for longer trips out of the home. The vest itself is very easy to put on and remove and each pack comes with four button straps that work to hold the packs securely to the animal. The strip of Velcro that runs down the center of the harness measures in at four inches wide and allows you to easily attach a number of patches. While not exactly waterproof, the harness is water resistant. The rain will roll off the harness without soaking it, allowing dog enthusiasts to use the harness in a wide range of weather conditions.

Cons: Some consumers noted that when a dog heels while wearing the packs that the pack closest to the user will frequently bump their leg. Another issue for many consumers involved the price. While on the higher end of the pay scale, this harness is definitely worth the cost. Designed to last and built with strength and versatility in mind, this will be the last service dog harness you’ll ever need to buy. Unfortunately, the harness doesn’t come with an integrated handle like many consumers expected for the price.

Consumers who are looking for a lightweight harness and one that can help provide the walker with more control when their dog is on a walk should learn more about the Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart dog harness. This harness is perfect for larger breeds and offers a comfortable fit that won’t affect the dog’s mobility.

Service Dog Harness Conclusion and Rating

Frankly, consumers couldn’t praise the Mod-Tec Service Dog Harness with Packs enough. If you’re planning a longer outing you’ll be able to fit everything you need into the two large packs. The option to use a handle or leash makes this model very versatile and perfect for users with different types of disabilities. Consumers who purchased this harness gave it a rating of four and a half stars out of five stars for quality, durability, and the two included packs.


9 thoughts on “Mod-Tec Service Dog Harness with Packs Review”

  1. I bought this harness almost a year ago for my great pyrenees service dog. She wears it every day.It is still in use, beautiful.I would buy it again.I would recommend it without reservation to anyone – and have.GREAT VALUE – price is amazing. The harness is constructed so well and of heavy duty material that holds up.I like that it is “small” (meaning it does not cover my dog’s entire back) – so she stay’s cooler. It is not proportioned like a “saddle” on a horse – but is much smaller. Very practical.It’s only “purpose” is to identify her as a service dog – hold the service dog patches – and to once in awhile carry the backpacks.NOTICE -It has VERY LIMITED space for adding any patches. I have one rectangle “do not separate” patch at the back “under” the ring.It is NOT meant to stabilize you – so I’m not sure what the top “handle” is for. I wish they would have left it off and allowed more room for patches such as “DO NOT PET”. But the “handle” is like a continuation of the black strap that holds the saddle bags – so maybe it cannot be eliminated without losing the option for saddle bags ….It is VERY EASY ON AND OFF – you adjust the chest strap ONCE (or as the dog grows), you adjust the belly band ONCE (or as the dog grows) and all you do to put the vest on is slip it over your dog’s head and snap the HUGE BUCKLE on the side (the belly band). EASY, WIDE strap and BIG, WIDE buckle. I cannot imagine it could be easier.THIS IS NOT A FLIMSY CLOTH “HANDKERCHIEF” vest “harness”. It is a THICK, PADDED, Ventilated, super-stitched, top quality vest.My Dog is a BIG DOG – a great pyrenees – and I cannot actually picture the vest ever “wearing out”. The “service dog” patches on the side are wearing off the reflective lettering – but there is NO SIGN that the vest is a YEAR OLD. I wipe it clean – it is hot pink and looks like new.I bought the DOGGIE STYLZ saddle bags after I received the Industrial Puppy saddle bags. I switch from one to the other. The Doggie Stylz are bigger and hold more – sometimes that is useful, sometimes not. My dog is VERY BIG – so sometimes the extra little bit of smaller size of the industrial puppy back packs makes it easier for her to “clear doorways” without such a “wide load”.ADDING the backpacks gives you TWO MORE PLACES to apply small patches. As the tops of each saddle bag have a square velcro patch to which you can apply something or add a bigger piece of velcro, etc.FIRST RATE QUALITY.AWESOME CHOICE OF COLORS.UNABLE TO TELL IT HAS BEEN USED DAILY BY A BIG SERVICE DOG.EASY ON MY WALLET.YAY!!!!!!

  2. The third harness I bought for my dog was his favorite, he got it when he was a year old. I bought it too big for him and he grew almost into it, but loved it, like baggy pants I guess. It broke through no fault of it’s own, it was run over by a truck and the plastic buckle broke, not the dog just the harness was run over. The company is not in business anymore so I reluctantly got a different brand, and he could not be happier with it.This replaced his favorite harness strait away, he has several that he “refuses” to put on of his own accord, he will walk into this type of harness if he likes it, he walks into this and is ready to work. He gives it two out of two dewclaws. He has a 31 inch (78.74cm) chest and is 28 inches (71.12cm) tall the XL fits perfect with the handle just right for 70 inch (177.8cm) me, the neck is adjustable but needed no adjustment for his 21 inch (53.34cm) neck.Oh also, we have only used the saddle bags twice for longer trips, I freeze two Boost bottle of water, fill one with kibble, another with water between the ice and kibble. I have cold water for 16+ hours on a hot day, a soda can will fit, but 20oz bottle is too tall, that’s why I rinsed the Boost bottles perfectly fit three in each bag. also a bottle of boost, or trail mix in the other side for my trail snack.

  3. LOVE this service dog vest for my training service dog. When he wears it he knows he’s on service duty, and it helps massively with my mobility issues as he is able to help pull me up a hill when wearing it. (I have a husky) I would follow the sizing chart, I think the one I ordered my guy was an XL and it fits perfectly with room for him to grow. Unfortunately not all people respect the rules of no touching or talking to your service dog just because he’s wearing a vest, but it does help those who are educated and know, or for most businesses as well. Please remember just because you’re buying a vest does not qualify a dog to be a service animal, they must always meet federal law guidelines which you can find online under the ADA and other government sites. Also, you are not required to provide proof for your service dog, however with the lack of education and understanding of others I do recommend some of these helpful items if you have a service dog for your own sake. I have been yelled at, kicked out, and harassed about my service dog because I didn’t “provide proof” or just because people claimed I was faking my needs because I didn’t “look” disabled to them. Please remember to be honest about your dog, study the laws, and when meeting other handlers and their SD please don’t harass them claiming their fake as we never know, unless the facts are known for sure. Also remember a service dog doesn’t have to come from a foundation where they train them themselves, one may train their own service dog as long as they follow the guidelines, and their dog shows the ability and heart to be a service dog. (I wanted to share this info as well in my review, as I’ve seen some go off about this product claiming any of us who use it to be fake as that is not true. Sometimes we need to buy our equipment to help better protect ourselves, and to enhance our needs with our service dog. As like in this item I do not get harassed about my dogs status in many of the stores we have gone into, which helps calms my anxiety and ptsd, and it is an amazing tool for mobility purposes!)

  4. We have a Tennessee Treeing Brindle that is my medical service dog for stability/navigation. Unfortunately we have had more and more people approach and distract her without our permission.This vest was the answer, as more people seem to respect the vest and keep their distance while she is working. It is beautiful and very well marked – looks very professional which I appreciate.It fits her small frame very well and allows her to perform all duties without any discomfort. She also seems to stay cool, even in hot conditions. The saddle bags work very well, but you need both on at the same time to balance the vest out – otherwise it seems to sag to the side the one bag is attached to.***The MOST important aspect and warning I have is to be careful when going to cut the neck velcro strap!!! The instructions state that you can cut the excess off with scissors BUT be aware that it will start to unravel once you do! I was able to fix mine easily with hot gluing the end of the strap that I cut off. Be sure you correct/fix this if you need to cut yours.Otherwise 100% recommend this vest to anyone with a service animal. Very customizable and seems very well made/sturdy. Having removable patches on both the vest and saddle bags is a huge plus, as we are going to add “Do not Pet or Distract” patches to ours.

  5. I actually now have two of these, one red and the second purchased mostly just to get the saddle bags (which, try as I might, I could not find as a single purchase item, on Amazon or elsewhere). Not disappointed tho, as the black vest makes us a little less conspicuous when we’re out and about, but still gives the Four Legs his vest-associated training experience. Plus, I now stick “SECURITY” patches to the black vest, for instance when he’s accompanying female me on some trips; may be his Halloween costume this year too.Anyway, they are great quality and going to last, the fit quite well without chafing or annoyance, and – now with the saddle bags – have everything we need for outings, whether training related or just good fun.

  6. The service dog harness arrived quickly in the advertised condition. My service dog, Gabriel, watched me open the box and then he tried to put his head through the harness – but it wasn’t adjusted for wearing yet. So I adjusted it as quickly as possible and put him in it. He strutted around the house for an hour before he would let me take it off. It is working for me because with the side bags I don’t have to carry stuff in my one free hand.

  7. I am very pleased with this product, bought for my Great Dane Service dog. It seems well made, comfortable on my dog and the handle on the top is a benefit for me since I have balance issues while living in an area with frequent ice and snow. The two things I would have preferred is that the patches to be cloth rather than plastic because I doubt the plastic will hold up as well. Very similar feelings about the 2 very small detachable “pockets”. I’m not yet sure if I will use them but appreciate them being included since it gives me time to figure out if she will be comfortable lying down with them on.I had purchased a similar vest from another company in black, the only color they offered, but retuned it because it didn’t offer the side packs AND my dog is mostly black and the vest didn’t stand out enough. One of the reasons I vest my service dog is to ward off the many unwanted intrusions in getting around with a 130 lb service dog, so red is perfect.Not only would buy this vest again, I just ordered a second one in teal.

  8. Adjusts perfectly to fit my golden retriever. This is his first vest and he seems to be comfortable wearing it! Now when I take him out with me, people don’t ask questions and they always comment on how nice the vest and saddlebags are! Happy all around with this vest!

  9. My dog seemed to calm down as soon as I put it on him which I found to be a pleasant bonus. He still is very excitable with his regular. I want to get him trained/certified as emotional support and therapy dog and look forward to the classes!I love love love the pouches that came with. I got a bit nervous when I tried to attach the handle I bought. The clips had to be turned a certain way and it is my only “concern” as the rings where the bag and handle sit are plastic.The stitching is not frayed and looks like it will hold- time will tell. Delivery was spot on.Only negative *** I see is the reflection is on the outer part of the strap. If the strap had been reversed it would be a lot more manageable for measuring and adjusting while it is on my dog (3rd image). Was this to keep the dog from chewing on it?Anyway, it looks very sleek and great on him.

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