There is no better range buddy than woman’s best friend. If you do take your dog to the range, safety is of utmost importance. It doesn't matter if you have two legs or four; preparation is key. There is some extra gear involved when taking Rover to the range. These are my top picks when it comes to keeping my beloved pooch safe and comfortable on the firing line.
Humans wear either in-the-ear or over-the-ear hearing protection to dampen the sounds of gunfire at the range. These options come in canine variants as well! For dogs that won’t tolerate earmuffs placed over their head, CrittEar provides in-ear hearing protection for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Similar to the foam earplugs we are all familiar with, this option is the go-to for not only dogs accompanying their owners to the range, but also those with noise anxiety. During the Fourth of July and thunderstorms anxious dogs can achieve some peace and quiet. CrittEars are available in four different sizes as well as a variety pack for dog groomers. MSRP $35.00
Rex Specs Ear Pro
If your dog doesn’t like in-ear protection, be sure to check out Rex Specs' solution. Foam padding fitted inside the flexible and form-fitting design of the ear pro allows for optimal hearing protection in a "sleeve-like" format. Another plus is that Rex Specs Ear Pro is designed to be integrated with a number of other types of gear, including Rex Specs goggles. Available in multiple sizes for dogs large and small, this is my personal go-to option since I have a coonhound with ears large enough to allow him to take flight! MSRP $79.95
Rex Specs Goggles
Other than putting a pair of sunglasses on a dog for an entertaining photo op, many pet owners haven’t thought twice about eye protection for their fur babies. Yet, as humans, we always hear warnings regarding eye protection at the range. Classic eye protection is not meant for dogs, but Rex Specs has the perfect solution. Available in multiple sizes, these goggles provide a secure fit that cannot be shaken off by your pooch. Featuring impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses with a UV400 rating, your dog's eyes are protected not only from ricochet but sunlight as well. Additional foam and mesh construction provides the utmost comfort during wear. MSRP $79.95
Workin’ Dog Medical Kit
Accidents happen and one must be prepared heaven forbid they are called upon to perform first aid on their beloved pet. The Workin’ Dog Medical Kit from Adventure Medical Kits provides the owner with the essentials to provide varying levels of first aid to their dog until they are able to take them to the vet and/or hospital. Another great feature of this kit is the included pet first aid field guide should you be caught off-guard and need guidance on what to do. This kit is a must-have for pet owners and is not only great for the range but also any outdoor adventure such as camping, hiking, boating and more. MSRP $109.99