I got a new dog from the shelter: an adorable one-year-old Chiweenie who we named Rizzo.
Rizzo seemed too good to be true: he’s housebroken and chews only on chew toys!
When he’s inside, that is. Outside, he eats everything that’s not nailed down: acorns, sticks, pine cones, tree bark, flowers, you name it. I saw him with a rock in his mouth one day and truly panicked. By googling (because I didn’t want to resort to a muzzle) I found the OutFox® Field Guard. I ordered an XS and tried it out.
At first, Rizzo just sat and stared. He looked as though his life was over. What would he do now? He loves to be outside in the enclosed yard and his favorite activity was tasting and/or eating everything he found. But next thing I knew, Rizzo was romping around and sniffing and playing just like always. One week in, he doesn’t seem to mind at all that he’s wearing something over his face. To the contrary: Now when it’s time to go outside, Rizzo stops at the door and lifts his head, waiting for me to put his mask on. Maybe it’s the treats I slip inside first! Hahahaha.
It’s even better than I’d hoped because the dog doesn’t mind it at all. We walk in tall grasses with stickers and not-so-tall innocent-looking foxtail-laden grasses all the time in the summer and fall. The OutFox Field Guard has removed my anxiety. It’s very lightweight, gives my dog’s eyes some protection from the bright sun, plus he can and does easily drink water right through the mask. He behaves like it isn’t even there. Love love love it.
I am SO HAPPY that I found the OutFox website! We recently adopted a four-pound Chihuahua from the local humane society and he started eating rocks, which necessitated one rather expensive (and scary) trip to the vet’s office. We tried various muzzles, but he behaved a bit like a little bucking bronco when we put them on. I looked at various basket-style muzzles, but none were small enough for his little nose. Finally, I was lucky enough to come across the OutFox website. While the smallest size was still a bit too big for our little guy, I corresponded with Diane and she assured me that she’d produced custom products for smaller dogs in the past and would be willing to give it a try. After emailing her various photos and dimensions, she produced a truly superior “head guard,” which not only prevents our dog from eating rocks but it allows him to see and breathe freely, which is especially important in the Arizona heat. Diane, I can’t thank you enough for your great product and the excellent customer service! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend OutFox to anyone.
Your product was so easy to get used to! I popped a treat in it, Rosy stuck her head in it, and then we went out for a short walk. She never tried to take it off. Next day she was sniffing on bushes and trees and greeting her dog pals as usual!!! Superb!!! I am spreading the word. I am so very grateful!
We live in an area that has lots of foxtails. Each spring, our dogs get foxtails in their ears and eyes. This year, we tried the OutFox Field Guard, and the dogs have not gotten one foxtail! Due to the rain this year, the foxtails present a huge problem for our shoes and socks but not for our dogs! The dogs quickly adapted to the Field Guard thanks to a few treats we gave them during our first hike with the Field Guards on. They are easy to put on and take off. We heartily recommend using the Outfox Field Guards!
We got the Field Guard today, and I must admit I was worried when I first saw it. I followed the instructions though, and we were ready to walk as soon as I put it on her. It took only 50 yards or so before she was into the walk and forgot about her armor. She would occasionally shake her head or bat at it with her front paw, but that subsided. Same thing on walk number two in the evening. The little one has sucked up two foxtails just walking in the neighborhood in the late summer, costing me big $ at the vet. Thanks!
I tried it on my Rudi, my rescue Vizsla who is the one of my two dogs most likely to not tolerate the Field Guard. He did GREAT! At first, he pawed at it a bit, but then it was basically no problem. We give it an enthusiastic paws up!
I just wanted to let you know how very pleased I am with my new OutFox Field Guard. After three imbedded foxtails and some rather large vet bills, I knew there had to be an answer. Now I can walk my dog anywhere with complete peace of mind; we’re no longer restricted to city sidewalks during the summer. I had thought she would object to wearing it, but she just sticks her head in and away we go. Thanks for such a great product.
OutFox Field Guard is purely wonderful, both the product and the company.
My Chihuahua eats EVERYTHING, incuding mouse poison at the neighbors’ recently, containing the deadly-to-dogs neurotoxin bromethalin which has no antidote (I immediately induced vomiting, pouring salt and water down her throat until she quit throwing up green poison, then rushed her to the vet). She now wears her new OutFox Guard on every walk. It keeps her from eating ANYTHING. I hesitated for a moment at the price – until I compared It to her vet bills!
Not realizing that extra room was built into every size, I ordered too big a mask for my big dog. Because she’d worn it outside, they couldn’t exchange it and it could have been exposed to nasty germs and viruses such as Parvo, but they graciously altered it and now it fits perfectly.
Both dogs stick their heads right into their masks, then dash off with tails flying. I don’t worry anymore about what they’re getting into, because they CAN’T. Their eyes are fly-free, and stickers are no longer a worry. The mask mesh is sturdy but flexible, stands away from their faces, and seems like it will last for years without getting torn on sticks when they’re running through the woods. I LOVE OUTFOX!!
I just wanted to let you know how grateful we are that the Outfox exists!
Our Boston Terrier, Maisie has severe Inflammatory Bowel Disease so she has to be on a hypoallergenic diet and gets really sick if she eats something else. She also compulsively eats grass, sticks and pebbles. It got so frustrating to watch her like a hawk every second. Before we got the Outfox it was a nightmare to take her to other peoples houses with all the food around or go on walks…
It’s not an exaggeration to say your invention has changed our life! We can finally take Maisie along when we go to see friends and let her run around outside like a regular dog and we happily walk 3 miles with her every night. Also Maisie has not been hospitalized anymore since we’ve been using the Outfox!
Maisie seems very comfortable and doesn’t seem to mind it at all. She knows Outfox means fun times. We do get curious stares and questions from a lot of strangers but the improvement in Maisie’s quality of life is worth it.
We will be forever grateful!
Thank you for this outstanding product! Our little terrier inhaled a stray foxtail spikelet on an otherwise pristine sidewalk, requiring expensive surgical removal. With foxtails springing up in yards, fields, even sidewalk cracks, our walks had become tense and frustrating – we had to be hyper vigilant and tug our dog away from any possible hiding place for those nasty spikelets. The OutFox Field Guard brought fun and relaxation back to our walks! Our dog adjusted to the Field Guard within minutes and now happily bounces down the sidewalk and trails, sniffing and exploring with ease and safety.
Thank You!!!! Thank You!!!! Thank You!!!! After seven times to the vet, we finally have a product that works. We have tried several different styles of muzzles and none of them worked. We live in Calgary, Alberta and the foxtails are everywhere. We will now be able to take them back outside for their walks and runs. Again, THANK YOU!!!!!
Words cannot fully convey our gratitude to OutFox. The Field Guard allows us to safely walk our dog without having to worry about her dangerous habit of eating inedible objects. After looking into various solutions, including several different muzzles, we were never able to find anything that would fit her tiny head (she weighs 2.5 lbs). Then we came across the Field Guard by OutFox. We were so relieved that the company was able to help us find the right (XXXXS) cover that would fit our precious Pinot! Now we are able to walk her without worrying about it leading to another trip to the ER. We will forever be indebted to the OutFox team. Throughout our interactions with the owner, Diane, we were overwhelmed by the compassion, patience, and friendliness we were shown. Unbelievable Product, Amazing Company!
I ordered one of your products last week and can’t say enough about how wonderful it is. I was a bit skeptical about it when I first saw it, but after it was on my sweet little Annie, I am SOLD. I am telling all my friends about your product and I even did a mention on my Facebook page. Great invention. In our case, it is not being used for foxtails but rather as a deterrent for my Annie to stop swallowing acorns from our backyard. She ate one and it caused a blockage, and it cost us $2500 in vet bills and surgery to remove it. The Field Guard literally will SAVE HER LIFE. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, a visit to the vet to remove foxtails in the nose runs about $600. There is a joke of a vet wearing a golden foxtail necklace because they make so much money from this wild field weed. I tested the OutFox Field Guard on Bailey, Chloe, and Tony for a one-hour bike ride, field run, and pond swim. Now with this headgear, fields and trails that have been off limits from May to August open up to us again.
I can’t believe how great this product is!! My dog loves it and knows when she gets to put her “pretty hat” on we are going to go play. After two $200 vet visits in one week to have her put under to get the foxtails out of her nose, I know I needed to do something! Thank you so much for a great product! Everything you say about your product is true. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!
I ride horses with my Border Collies and Dalmatian in the golden hills of California, full of every sticker imaginable. Until this year, the minute the foxtails and their relatives emerged, I worried about my dogs with good reason. I spent over a thousand dollars and much anguish having foxtails removed from my dogs’ ears and noses just last summer. With these Field Guards, all my stress is gone and so far have not had one trip to the vet for foxtail removal. The Border Collies don’t mind the masks at all. I put them on and then immediately sent them on an outrun after the sheep. They were so intent on their job that they did not notice the Field Guards. Now when I put them on, they know it means they get to herd sheep or go horseback riding.
My retriever puppy was eating everything in the yard when she went out. Your Field Guard has been a life saver and allows Cara to enjoy herself in the yard without hurting herself. And the nice thing is that because I put a treat into it, she pretty much puts her head in herself.
I wanted to share my positive experience with the OutFox Guard. My puppy Ripley is 9 months old, is very oral and LOVES to taste absolutely everything. While I continue to work with her on modifying this behavior, it had gotten to the point where taking her for our daily 2-mile walk was just too stressful..for both of us. There is a ton of goose poop, berries, mulch, leaves, grass, mushrooms, twigs and other potentially harmful options along our path and, rather than enjoying our walk together, I was in a constant state of alert watching the ground ahead of her to try to prevent her from eating everything.
Through my research, I found this wonderful product of yours! She accepted it quite easily and it has now become part of our daily routine. She does get quite a few odd looks and several ask about it, and I’m more than happy to explain its purpose. Neither Ripley nor I care what others think, as our walks are now immensely enjoyable and I know she’s 100% safe and not stressed at all. Thank you!!
I can’t be more grateful to have this amazing product. We spent thousands last year at the vet on one of our dogs getting foxtails in his nose/ears over and over again. He was restricted to paved areas and was so miserable and I didn’t know what to do. It literally gave me panic attacks just taking him outside and if he sneezed a tiny bit. It fits perfect and the both dogs had no problems the first day having it on. We are the talk of the trail we walk at and we get stopped constantly and get asked what that thing on their head is. lol But everyone wants one because our dogs are such good models, they stop and let everyone see. I encourage them all to try it because I don’t know what Id do without the Outfox! Its more than paid for itself, with all the use my dog gets out of it!
Thank you for giving us our walks back!! My pup, a one-year-old whippet mix, LOVES to run through the grasses in the local foothills. But recently we had a few close calls with foxtails, so we had to keep her leashed and on paved streets. Then I bought the OutFox Field Guard, and Coco took to it immediately. She was soon racing at 90 miles an hour through the tall grasses and couldn’t have been happier—and I was able to relax knowing she was safe. Great invention!
I am so happy that I found your superior product. I could not imagine our dog having to stay indoors during foxtail season, or just stay in her small backyard, or only go out on a leash. Now she is free, once again, to roam all of our eight acres. And I am carefree, knowing that now she really IS immune to foxtails up her nose!
Throughout the rest our three-mile fetch session, Jonesy repeatedly picked up the ball and brought it back with no problems even with a super-sized tennis ball I brought too—the one that requires his mouth open wide like a yawning hippo.
What a great idea! I do not have to deal with foxtails; however, my ten-month-old bichon/poodle can find mushrooms growing anywhere. Even on the leash, if her nose is down, she will soon find one that I have missed. Luckily she has only had stomach issues from whatever she has been able to ingest—but this makes going outside a chore instead of fun. The product worked great and Lola got used to it within two weeks. I told her to put her hat on, and she held her head so I could slip it on. It made going outside fun instead of a chore. Thanks for your great product. It has really helped us out.
Being from the East Coast, I had never encountered (or even heard of) foxtails until moving to California. Starting when the weather dried here, I learned quickly. My beloved dog had to go to the vet three times in a month to have foxtails removed from her inner ears. It was heartbreaking how much discomfort she was in. The vet and many articles online suggested I keep my dog away from foxtail areas. Part of the reason I bought my home was so she could run freely, and with 40 acres of foxtail grass, “avoiding them” wasn’t an option. Luckily, I learned about OutFox from this article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2011/08/dogs-foxtails.html
I bought one and it changed everything. Thanks SO much OutFox!
P.S. – I had a few minor problems with some of the guards and they couldn’t have been cooler about replacing them. I’m a big fan!