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Dog goggles

Help out old dogs.
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My dog likes to run around at night, chasing rabbits. Last night I watched in horror as he ran right by one, unable to see it in the dark. I considered mounting a flashlight on his collar but am unsure he would understand what the dancing blob of light in front of him was about. I wonder if dog night vision goggles might help?

With dog night vision goggles, dogs who were a little gray in the muzzle and cloudy of eye but still fleet footed could race around at night and catch those rabbits trying to be stealthy. Nothing is better for a dog's sense of well being. The goggles would fit into headwear akin to what the racing greyhounds wear - without the muzzle, of course. I can imagine my dog hopping with glee when I get the dog goggles off the shelf, knowing that glorious carnage will soon ensue.

bungston, Apr 23 2003

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       I've seen a dog wearing spectacles (though not for a long time). I don't know how well the dog would take to night vision goggles, though, as they are pretty cumbersome.
DrCurry, Apr 23 2003

       Could I get a pair of these? Might come in handy...
lostdog, Apr 23 2003

       I imagine they would prob bother the dog and it would try to scratch them off. and since night vision has that greenish tint the dog would be disorented, like being on some type of drug. I also question whether it would work, since dogs are colour blind(I think, not sure) would they be able to make anything out of the image since it is all tinted green?   

       other then my reality constraights, I like it!
i-Mer, Apr 24 2003

       Cool! See if he understands what he sees. Maybe get him in a very dark room and see if he knows you are holding up a treat for him to look at. It seems to me like the color vision thing would be less of a constraint: the monochrome nightvision world is closer to what dogs see already.
bungston, Apr 24 2003

       They need all the help they can get, stupid animals.
The Kat, Apr 24 2003

       oh no! no longer am I safe to wander the hedgerows at night!
badgers, Apr 25 2003

       Badgers? We don't need no steenking badgers!
bungston, Apr 25 2003

       night vision is not necessarily green. in fact, it's not green at all, it's infrared, which is invisible. the reason that night vision goggles display in green is that when the technology was being developed (for the military), the researchers went to the army and asked, what display color would you like? the army decided that green was easiest on the eyes, and so green it was.   

       it could easily be recalibrated to display in black and white, thus simulating dog vision rather well...
urbanmatador, Apr 25 2003

       // it could easily be recalibrated to display in black and white, //   

       There are current models that display in greyscale.
waugsqueke, Apr 25 2003

       You know, I'd almost rather see these goggles project virtual rabbits so the dog always has something to chase.
betokr, Apr 25 2003

       That would be helpful, but the problem then is other obstacles such as trees, fences, sprinklers. If a dog gets up to speed headed towards the well labeled rabbit but does not see the fence in between, things could get ugly.   

       Actually I am fairly sure there exist GMO glowing rabbits. A baked idea which would be marked for deletion if proposed here. I'll link it up.
bungston, Apr 25 2003

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