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Flashlights: Essential Equipment for Nightime Dog Walks

With the arrival of fall, the sun goes down earlier and our final walk with our furry friends is now in the dark. Although some neighborhoods and apartment complexes are extremely well-lit at night, many are not and that can be dangerous.Let me explain.
Obviously, if it is dark you cannot see things very far away from you. If you are walking a dog that is reactive or aggressive towards other dogs, you need to see if other dogs are approaching or around you so that you can take the necessary steps to avoid them. A flashlight would definitely help with that.
Secondly, sometimes the terrain you are walking on changes. There are bumps in the sidewalk or something might have been left on the path that you could trip over or the dog could step on causing injury. A flashlight would definitely help with that.
Thirdly, some dogs like to eat stuff when they are out for their walks. 99.9 % of the time, it is not something you want them to ingest. When the sun is out, you can see where they are headed and avoid them chomping on something foreign. At night, you have no idea what's out there. A flashlight would definitely help with that.
Fourthly, sometimes there are some strange people wandering the streets at night. People you would prefer to give a very wide berth. If you can't see them, you can't stay away from them. A flashlight would definitely help with that.
Lastly, and this is not dangerous, just about being responsible. Your furry kid may decide he needs to go poop. Your job as a responsible pet parent is to clean that up. If you can't see it, you can't or probably won't pick it up. A flashlight could definitively help with that.

So, if a simple flashlight is so very helpful when we are walking our dogs at night, why does it seem that I am the only person carrying one? You can buy a small, light - weight, bright  flashlight quite inexpensively and for those of you who walk two dogs at a time, they now have a belt you can put round your waist with a flashlight attached; hands free so you can carry two leashes. So, no excuses! I expect to see a lot more dog walkers out there after dark "lighted-up".


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