This blog would probably have made more sense if I’d written it at the beginning of the winter but even with the lighter nights here now, you can still use this torch for your dog as the temperatures rise and push canicross runs into the dark again. We have used these PupLights throughout the whole of this winter and cannot recommend them highly enough. They even allow you to get home safely if your own head torch fails you (yes it has happened and more than once!) and the little AAA batteries are cheap and easy to recharge or replace.
The PupLight was developed and made in the USA and is used for working dogs over there such as the U.S. Secret Service working dogs because it lights up an area up to 30 feet ahead of the dog wearing it and not only allows you to clearly see the dog but also helps the dog see things in low light conditions more easily.
The two main functions of the PupLight, are firstly to make your dog visible to you when walking off lead in the dark, as the light can be seen up to a mile away and secondly to light up the path and surrounding area in front of your dog for dogs with failing sight or who need to be able to see the trails ahead. The PupLights were even tested on the Junior Iditarod Sled Dog teams and they found the teams made better times in the dark when wearing them.
The design of the PupLight ensures that even when worn by long haired dogs, the light is not covered up by the dogs’ fur as it has a fur guard which prevents the light being covered over and keeps the light focused forwards.
It comes with an easy on/easy off adjustable elastic band to keep it separate from the collar and is much less expensive to use over time when compared to other lighted dog products as you can also use re-chargeable batteries with it. The batteries are long lasting (up to 150 hours) and easy to change.
This is the most durable and long-lasting dog light on the market that I have managed to find and that is why I wanted to share it with you and your dogs. For more information and to order visit http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/puplight.html
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I’ve had a couple of the Puplights for several months now, and they’ve been invaluable – rather than just wearing my headtorch for my two Collies to see where I am, I can now keep an eye on where they are (much more important in my view!!)
Both my dogs are reasonably furry but I can still clearly see them from one side of a field to the other, and they have both been through water and mud whilst wearing their puplights, neither of which has affected their functionality.
There have been a couple of occasions where I thought that the light had come off of their collar, if one or the other of my dogs came back clothed in darkness, but it’s just where the on/off switch has moved to the off position (probably when they have been digging in undergrowth for sticks, coming through bushes, etc).
It’s probably time for me to refresh the batteries but they’re still capable at present.
All in all – they’ve made winter walks at dusk/darkness much less stressful 🙂