How to Use

The patented OutFox® Field Guard, made in the USA, is designed to help protect dogs’ eyes, ears, and noses from foxtail penetration while walking or running over trails or through grasses and while engaging in casual sniffing. Additionally, the Field Guard can be used to prevent dogs from scavenging and eating harmful items and to protect their faces from insects such as flies and mosquitoes.

Proper Fitting Diagram of OutFox Field Guard

Choosing the Correct Size

Regular Field Guard sizing is based on head length; sizing for short snout/wide headed breeds is based on head circumference. Please see the Sizing page for details on how to take measurements to select the correct size Field Guard for your dog.

Putting the Field Guard On

  1. Help the dog slip into the Field Guard by dropping a treat in it and slipping it on as though it were a feedbag.
  2. Make a one-time adjustment using the Cordlock to create a secure (but not tight) fit around the dog’s neck. The Field Guard should sit high up the neck directly behind the dog’s ears (see right sketch above). From now on, simply expand the elastic opening to slip the Field Guard on and off.
  3. Tether the Field Guard loosely to the dog’s collar with the Velcro straps, which, for safety, are designed for quick release with a tug.
  4. Remove foxtails and other debris from the Field Guard and your dogʼs coat as they appear. Inspect your dog thoroughly for foxtails after every outing.

Correct vs. Incorrect Fitting

When the Field Guard is positioned correctly, it should tip downward, with the top of the Field Guard resting lightly on the top of the dog’s head and leaving ample space in front of the dog’s nose.  If the Field Guard is pulled back and secured too far down the dog’s neck, it will tilt upward and sit directly against the dog’s muzzle, which irritates the dog and does not allow room to pant.

For information on how to wash and care for your Field Guard, please see the Product Use, Care & Warnings page.