Couple Invents Vest to Protect Dogs from Coyotes

After losing one of their dogs to a coyote attack, a couple from San Diego have invented a coyote-proof vest to help save lives.

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Paul and Pamela Mott from San Diego, California have invented a vest that dogs can wear to protect them from coyote attacks.  Inspired by the loss of their dog Buffy, who was killed in a coyote attack, they hope to spare other dog lovers the pain and suffering they went through.

“I just heard a yelp and I turned around and I saw her in the mouth of a coyote,” said Paul Mott.

The situation left the couple angry, but also wondering.  What could they do to put up at very least another barrier that would keep dogs safe from the same fate?

“What would it take to make my dog be able to withstand a coyote attack?” he said.

That’s when they came up with the idea for the protective vest.  It may make the dog look a little bit punk rock, but the CoyoteVest really is total protection for your dogs!  The vest has plastic spikes on it around the collar area, and has quills that run up the length of the back, from neck to rump.

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“I just want to save my dogs, and then I realized maybe this invention can save someone else’s dog,” he said.

So far, the Motts have sold 120 of the CoyoteVest, with the help of their daughter Nicole.  Their website has been getting so much traffic, and they’ve fielded so many orders, they’ve had to talk to someone about manufacturing the vests, just to keep up.

“I just know that that coyote is not going to be able to kill my dog instantly. I’ll have a chance to go intervene,” said Mott.

Mott knows that he could always just keep the dogs cooped up in the house all the time.  However, he doesn’t want to have to feel like he, or his dogs, have to live in fear.  He also doesn’t think it would be fair to keep the dogs inside all the time either.

If you’d like more information on the CoyoteVest, you can click here to visit the website.

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50 thoughts on “Couple Invents Vest to Protect Dogs from Coyotes

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  2. Or you could do what I do (I see coyotes all the time) I keep my three dogs on a 4′ leash when outside walking — never had a problem — seems to me responsible owners do responsible things with their dogs

  3. While being attentive is imperative, this is a great deterrent so the human has a moment to react before it’s too late… i wonder if a similar vest would deter hawks from snatching up little dogs as they romp or play fetch with their person in an open field.

  4. I told our vet about seeing a coyote in my backyard, I told him I always go outside with the dogs at night. He laughed heartily at this, deeming that my granddog Bandit (a pit bull) really didn’t need protection. He seemed to think our Fox Terrier was endangered one, I guess he forgot that the Fox Terrier beats up on the pit bull every chance she gets!

  5. Why are people being so rude when this is actually a very thoughtful and compassionate idea? There is no perfect pet owner, my dogs sleep in my bed, eat home baked treats, are vetted and chipped and get to run around in a large fenced enclosure and they STILL have gotten away from me at one point or another.

  6. Except that when coyotes hunt in packs they take out the Achilles of the hind leg and then go for the neck or the belly. I don’t see this as a viable solution.

  7. Coyotes will attack their legs so it doesn’t protect from that. How does the dog roll on the ground and be a dog? The coyotes might laugh themselves to death……

  8. why don’t you take him to walk in a safe place..or fence in your yard??? If You Love Me, Put a Leash On Me So sorry for your loss..that must have been a horrific experience…..I can’t imagine…how awful..

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  10. But coyotes attack the throat! This won’t even work. The truth is, if you live in an area with Coyotes your little dog should not be outside alone. Stay with them, Coyotes are afraid of humans, generally.

  11. Here’s my coyote repellent. I got her to protect the little ones. She does tend to sleep on the job every now and then.

  12. I pity any coyote brave enough to come into my yard lol
    I’ve never had to worry about the cat or rabbits outside getting some sun with my guys out.

  13. While I think your heart is in the right place, there is no real secure way of saving your dog if it is running free in your yard and unsupervised. Since you know that you have coyotes then the dog should never be off leash when outside. You can use a 12 foot training lead and still have a chance of pulling him away from a coyote. Don’t use those automatic extendable leashes since you cannot reel them in fast enough with those things.

    Not only that, but your invention prevents the dog from laying down on it’s back and side and really enjoying himself, and a coyote would see that his throat and legs, belly are bare and go for that. I don’t think it will work for a determined coyote. Once a coyote gets a taste of blood from a bite he isn’t going to give up.

    I am so sorry that you lost your other dog.

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