As the days get shorter and wintry conditions set in, perhaps you need some new dog accessories to help them stay warm, dry, safe and visible
Keep your animals safe as nights draw in
THOSE LONG, warm, summer days and nights are already long forgotten as the evenings draw in and darkness still lingers long after your alarm clock goes off.
But while you might bemoan the change in seasons and shortening of the days your dog won’t be put off by the cold, dark conditions and will be just as eager for its daily walk as ever.
However, it is important to consider providing some protection for your pooch. The pet accessory market is now full of fantastic options covering all shapes and sizes of dogs, whether you are looking for something to keep them warm, keep out the rain or to make sure they can be easily seen on dark nights.
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Some are simply made from reflective material, shining brightly in a car’s headlights or under street lighting, while others come with built in lights to improve visibility even further – and enabling you to keep track of your pet if you let them off their lead after dark in an enclosed space.
The Trixie USB flash light band dog collars start at £18 and are made from light silicone with a steady glow and a range of flashing modes to choose from. They are designed for both short-haired and long-haired dogs.
You don’t need to stop at a collar; there are a great range of leads on the market which are fantastic for walking in the dark. Most are waterproof, tough in design and come in bright fluorescent colours. The Flexi Neon retractable leads come in five sizes and start at £10 and the lead, cord and casing come in bright fluorescent yellow.
As well as making sure your dog can be seen – it is also important to consider whether they are warm and dry. Some products provide warmth, others are waterproof and some will combine several elements to suit your pet’s needs.
There are a huge range of products on the market covering all budgets, but if possible buying a coat with some fluorescent colour on it – whether all over or simply a strip of reflective material – will provide extra safety.
According to the Kennel Club, there are several things to consider before buying a coat for your dog. Some short-coated or recently clipped dogs can really feel the cold so can benefit from a fitted jumper or coat while on walks in colder months while some long coated dogs may benefit from protective clothing to keep them clean and dry during wet and muddy weather.
The most important thing is to make sure it fits properly, doesn’t cause discomfort to your dog and that your dog will tolerate wearing it. It is also essential that you never make a puppy wear clothes indoors.
Finally it’s not just dogs that need to be seen while out and about – don’t forget your cat. There are lots of different reflective and light up cat collars on the market, but make sure it is a safe quick-release design.
Ollie and Lexi in their bright winter walking coats