Friday, June 17, 2016

How to Safely Walk Your Dog at Night




We rescued our dog, Peter Parker (we call him Parker) three years ago when he was only 12 weeks old. He was super shy and took a while to warm up to us - but once he did he hasn't stopped acting crazy! He is what I like to call a Doberdork (half Doberman, half Labrador - we think). He has a LOT of energy, and needs to go on regular walks in addition to running like mad around the yard several times a day.



Even trying to get a good picture of him was difficult - he wouldn't sit still! Look at how much energy this canine has. All of these pictures were taken within 4 minutes.

Finding time to take my best friend for a walk isn't easy. I work a full time job during the day, I have this little piece of the Internet that takes up a lot of time, AND I am a travel agent. I am also a wife and a mom with all the responsibilities that come with it. Many times, I am taking Parker for walks after the sun already set - especially during the winter months when daylight hours are so short. This can be done safely as long as you you are prepared!


Did you know 6 million pets are hit by cars each year? Here are some tips on how you can safely walk your dog at night:
  • Walk in areas that are lit by streetlights. Do not walk on dark, back country roads.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Carry a whistle to scare away any nighttime creatures that may live in your area such as raccoons, coyotes, possums, etc. 
  • Always use a leash. Even if your dog is properly trained, this ensures your best friend will stay nice and close. 
  • Wear light colored clothing.
So, what's a girl to do about a dark colored dog such as this handsome guy here? I don't think he would enjoy it very much if I dressed him up in some white yoga pants and a white tank top . . .


Thankfully, there is a solution to this problem. This lime green collar Parker is wearing isn't any ordinary collar, it is the Ultimate LED collar from Shine for Dogs.



Here is the 4-1-1 on this awesome collar:
Rechargeable via USB - cable included. Never buy batteries again!
Ultra Bright high output LED and 2 x fiber optic strips making the collar comfortable for your pet to wear.
Enjoy Endless hours of walk time - up to 10 hours of light per charge, simply recharge for just 30 min
Durable + weather resistant - our products use fiber optics, not wire LED (that breaks when bent), insulated system withstands weather and is splash proof.
Three modes of light: continuous on, rapid flashing, and steady flashing.
Help shelter dogs in need - profits from sales are donated to dogs in shelters and rescues.

I also like putting the Ultimate LED collar on Parker when I let him out at night before bed. Our yard is decent sized and sometimes he won't come in right away. When he is all lit up, I can see what corner of the yard he is dawdling in.

How do you stay safe on nightly strolls with your pooch?



I received a free Ultimate LED collar from Shine for Dogs in exchange for writing this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

24 comments:

  1. That's a great collar for dog owners. While I don't walk my dogs at night, I usually do it mid afternoon and early mornings, this would be great just in case. I love the fact that it doesn't use batteries either, I think that would have just made it a little too heavy. USB for the win!

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  2. What a great idea! I hate not being able to see the pups in the yard at night, this would sure solve the problem. I would love to be able to see dogs coming when I run after dark too!

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  3. I do love walking my dog in the evenings when it's nice and cool! I think this is a great idea. Would be great to give this a try.

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  4. First off, I love your furbaby's name! Peter Parker. :)
    My furbaby is adorable, sweet, but oh my when he's on a walk he is another dog. We could totally use this collar for him! Thanks for sharing.
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  5. Aw.... LOVE that he's a rescue dog! Thats so loveable!! And great tips for walking at night. So much to consider to be safe!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  6. We have two rescue dogs! Love the collars, those would offer a lot of relief while walking at night. I love Parker, he's full of rambuctiousness!

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  7. What a great share. I love those collars that light up. I have a german shorthair. lots of energy so I know where you are coming from. She is getting older and wears out a lot faster now. The running in the back yard and playing catch usually does the trick.

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  8. We don't have a dog, but I so wish I'd had that collar back when mine were alive. Especially for a black dog it would make me feel so much safer.

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  9. What a great idea!. I love those collars that light up. Personally i don't walk at night for safety reason but I guess these can work for this who do.

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  10. Believe it or not, my dad bought one of these for himself and one for me! They work really well. I walk my dog at night b/c I really have no other choice and they never fix the light behind my condo, so it is often dark.

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  11. I wish I knew this LED collar when I my dog was alive. He's much calmer though than Parker. Although I've never take my dog out at night but the collar would be a great relief while walking in the night. Making this activity a lot safer. I found also that your tips on how to walk our dogs in the night are very helpful.

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  12. I like the idea of light up collars its always important to walk your dog safely, especially at night. It is great that it is rechargeable as well.

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  13. Aw he's adorable, I had a rescue pup to. Light up collars are a great idea, I lost mine in the fields many times.

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  14. First, I love that you named your dog Peter Parker! This collar looks like an awesome thing to have. We have been thinking about getting a dog, but haven't gotten there yet, will definitely have to keep this collar in mind though, we don't have a ton of lights in our area since we are so rural.

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  15. OmG what a cutie!!!! Loving that your furbaby is a rescue! I have a kitty and she's a rescue as well!

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  16. This is great information for me to share with my daughter. She also rescues and loves to walk at night. One of her dogs is 100% deaf. He sometimes wanders off and if his GPS doesn't get signal, this collar might help find him :)

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  17. That collar is all sorts of awesome! We don't have to worry about raccoons in our neighborhood,we have full blown deer!

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  18. That collar is so awesome! More people need to invest in something like this. I know in my neighborhood I have not been able to see a woman that walks her dog because we have very spread out street lights.

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  19. That is such a good idea! I'm letting my pet lover friends know about it. Also good for dogs who often try to escape, this way you can see them better if they try to make a run for it at night!

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  20. I had no idea that so many dogs are hit by cars every year. It's so important to keep the furry members of our families safe too.

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  21. Sounds like you found a great product. I wonder how does it hold up in rainy and snowy weather?

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    1. It is weather resistant - the snow I will unfortunately be able to report on in 6 months or so. :)

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  22. When I lived in Chicago, I was always careful where I walked my dog. I tried to make sure I watched out for cars, but of course you never know. I really like these LED collars, they are such a smart idea. I've also seen people put blinking lights on their leases to help people see their pups, especially the tiny ones.

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  23. This is awesome! I have 3 dogs but one of them is black which makes walking with her at night kinda scary! This collar is perfect!

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