As darkness continues to set in, we are here to help protect your pup! Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd, which means our evenings will be much shorter than we’d like. Since the safety and health of your pets is our top priority at Muttropolis, we’re dedicated to finding the latest and most innovative products to help diminish any danger walking in the dark may bring.
Many people don’t realize how mindful and prepared you should be before going out in the early morning or late evening for walks or runs with your four-legged friends. Venturing out without lights and/or reflective gear can put our pups, and yourself, in harms way. Visibility is poor when it is dark out, which means it is harder for you to see obstacles of all sort, and for those live obstacles to see you. With that said, it is crucial to use caution and be outfitted with the appropriate safety products.
Lighted collars and leashes are hands-down our number one recommendation. Unlike reflective products, lighted products provide illumination even when light isn’t shining on them. Our Lighted Dog Collar and Lighted Dog Leash are innovative and fashionable. They are made by Pup Protector with cutting edge thermoplastic polyurethane and bright LED lights and feature three settings. Pup Protector is a brand built on the mission to protect pups from danger when it is dark out. Their products are durable, versatile, stylish and sleek, and offer benefits far beyond keeping your four-legged friend safe during early morning or late night walks and runs. When you choose a Pup Protector collar and leash, you’re also able to:
(1) Easily spot your dog off leash
(2) Distinguish your dog in a large pack or at a dog park
(3) Keep an eye on your dog in your yard
(4) Differentiate between multiple dogs by choosing collars with different LED colors
Looking for a little less light? Or have a non-lighted, non-reflective collar and leash set that you’d like to continue to use in the dark? Then safety lights are an excellent choice for you. They easily attach to a collar, leash, or apparel. We carry the Ruffwear Beacon Dog Safety Light. It is lightweight, compact and clips on quickly and easily. Featuring a high-intensity LED, it creates a halo of red light around the dog and offers multiple blinking modes. Like a lighted collar or leash, this is an excellent choice to ensure your pup is seen and can see. We recommend purchasing more than one, that way you can wear one too. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Reflective collars and leashes, as well as reflective dog apparel, are also helpful in low-light conditions. They increase visibility as long as there are lights around to reflect off of them, so if you and your pup venture out near street lights, building lights or headlights, then reflective products may be good for the two of you. However, to stay on the safest side, we recommend reflective products to accompany lighted products. We carry a wide selection across both of these categories, many products made by reputable brands Ruffwear and RC Pets Products.
always use caution and maintain an attitude of awareness. It’s a great idea to carry a flashlight, that way you can stay in control of your visibility. Many of our customers find headlamps useful. They free up your hands and provide lots of light!
Sidewalks or walking trails are ideal, but if you have to walk along a roadside, be sure to walk against traffic. That way you and your pup can easily see the traffic coming and vice versa. And remember, what you wear makes a difference too! Veer away from dark clothing and invest in something reflective, or take our suggestion and purchase an extra safety light. Improving your visibility only increases your combined visibility, and thus increases your safety.
So suite up your pup (and yourself) for night safety and don’t forget to always stay alert. The safety products discussed in the post, and many others, can be found in any one of our three Southern California store locations or online at Muttropolis.com.
We wish you and your furry friends a safe and Happy Halloween!