I ve been working my dog Gus towards SAR. I have been given permission from our City to use all their buildings as training grounds for Gus as long as he is 1. fully housebroken and 2. wearing a vest that identifies him as a dog in training so that their staff may identify him easily and not interfere in his training. I also have a letter to carry with me in case the staff have further questions.
Here is the problem I am running into. I have a generic inmate orange vest he wears, purchased at a local pet store. There is no writing on it, fits poorly but does identify him as something other than a pet...or so I had hoped. He is soooooo noticeable when wearing this vest that everyone wants to stop and talk, pet him etc. Had one woman attempt to feed him a tick tack candy yesterday.
I am looking for a lightweight vest that has some sort of a crest stating "IN TRAINING", "DO NOT PET". I don't want to mislead anyone that he is a service dog but I soooooo want to go through these places and do what I need to do and leave without the "ohhh he is so cute and can I please pet him". I know I can be abrupt and to the point but I don't want to upset or offend people in a place I have been given special permission to use.
Please send me via pm or here if allowed good sources to find a vest that fits with patches I can add of my liking.