By Mark Hodge @MrHodgey
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Videographer / Director: Rex Specs
Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson
Editor: Sonia Estal, Kyle Waters
Rex Specs is the latest technological advancement in canine eye protection and are now being used by the US military to protect their heroic hounds.
The product has polycarbonate lenses which are shatter resistant and protect against harmful UV rays.
The specs are the brainchild of dog lovers Aiden Doane, 31, and Jesse Emilo, 33, whose love of hiking in mountainous Jackson, Wyoming, resulted in both their pooches developing harmful eye conditions.
Aiden said they were unhappy with the existing mutt masks on the market.
She said: “The options for eye protection at the time didn’t stay in place, or offer a large field of view.
“This was discouraging when we took them into the mountains for the adventures they love - so we started making our own goggles for them out of materials we had around the house.
“As we developed the product, with veterinary and medical needs in mind, we realised that working dogs were also in need of eye protection.”
Rex Specs are designed for dogs which weigh between 30lbs and 100 lbs – although a model for smaller canines is currently being developed.
And while Aiden admitted that some dogs' first reaction is to pull the googles off – she revealed that with the right training the animals do become used to the eye-wear.
She said: “Some dogs want to fight them and in that case, we provide tips for training your dog to wear Rex Specs.
“When introduced properly, and methodically, the dog will adjust and grew comfortable with them.
“However, to help the them stay on, and in place, the strap system holds the goggles securely to their face.”