Doggles are protective eyewear for dogs, sort of like sunglasses and goggles in one. The lenses are shatterproof, anti-fogging, and provide UV protection for the eyes. I have mixed motions about dressing up dogs in “human” style clothes and accessories. Toki certainly doesn’t own a sweater, because she’s the type of dog that’s just fine with her own fur coat. However, I am a bit concerned about the glaring sun when we go to high elevations or to the desert. So I thought I’d give the Doggles a try.
I was a bit sheepish about it though, until I read a story in Foreign Policy about elite military dogs. The first photo in the slideshow showed a self-assured military working dog wearing special eyewear similar to civilian Doggles. If it works for military dogs, I guess Toki’s not too macho to wear them either. Plus, she has a camo version, which makes her look kind of rugged.
With her Doggles, she looks like she could belong on a special-ops “snow” team. Except, according to the same Foreign Policy article, prospective military dogs are tested on their fetching abilities. And, well, Toki likes to chase her toys, but she doesn’t always bring them back . . . (Sorry Toki, it looks like you’re stuck being a civilian dog.)
If you’re thinking about getting Doggles, make sure you try on different sizes before purchasing. Especially important is the fit over the bridge of the nose. It’s tricky but important to make sure the spacing is correct between the goggle lenses.
The straps ensure that the Doggles fit fairly securely. Your dog, like Toki, may try and paw at the Doggles at first. Make sure you put them on in the bright sun, and not the shade, so your dog can see out of them, and do some fun things to distract your dog until it gets used to the feel of the eyewear.
My assessment? The Doggles are well-made and well-designed. The straps keep them nice and secure, but the fit is probably not suited for every head shape. Definitely try the Doggles on your particular dog before purchasing. Toki doesn’t love her Doggles yet, but at times she forgets that she’s wearing them. I plan on using them for functional, rather than fashionable purposes, so you probably won’t see her in Venice, hanging out in her shades. Still, it’s a nice piece of gear to have in the backpack for those snowshoe and desert hikes.