Uses for the patented OutFox® Field Guard:
- Helps protect dogs’ eyes, ears, and noses from foxtail penetration.
- Helps prevent dogs from scavenging and eating harmful items.
- Helps protect dogs’ faces from insects such as flies and mosquitoes.
Putting the Field Guard On the Gentle Way
- Cinch the elastic Field Guard opening to about the size of your dog’s neck.
- Throw a treat in the Field Guard.
- Place the Field Guard close to the ground with opening parallel to the ground.
- S t r e t c h the opening as far open as possible.
*This is the important part…do not pull the Field Guard over his head.*
- Hold the opening parallel to the ground, under your dogs head.
- He will put his head down into it, to get the treat.
- Let the opening close around his neck, just behind the ears.
Contrary to belief, the elastic is not designed to secure the Field Guard on the dog; instead, its function is to create the pouf shape that “cups” the back of the dog’s head.
The elastic around the opening of the Field Guard should not be tight. The opening should generally be the same circumference as the dog’s upper neck. Once adjusted, you will simply stretch the elastic opening to slip the Field Guard on and off.
FIT & POSITION
The position of the Field Guard on your dog is very important in creating a proper fit that ensures comfort.
A common mistake people make is pulling the Field Guard back too far down the neck. When it is pulled back toward the collar, it tilts upwards and seats directly against the dog’s muzzle, and puts the panting room above his snout. This position irritates the dog’s nose and does not allow room to pant.
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.
Your dog should be able to pant unencumbered. Positioned correctly, there will be space below the dog’s chin for him to open his mouth for panting.
Space between the dog’s nose and the end of the Field Guard should be 2″-3″ for medium and large dogs, and 1″-1 1/2″ for small dogs.
The straps are designed to tether the Field Guard to the dog’s collar. Leave some slack in the straps so when the dog puts his head down, the Field Guard does not get pulled back and out of position.
For your dog’s safety, the straps are designed to release if the Field Guard becomes caught on something so the dog will not become entangled.
Remember, 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.
For information on how to wash and care for your Field Guard, please see the Product Use, Care & Warnings page.