As we come into winter there are a lot of dog products out there on the market that can help to keep our dogs warm, happy and healthy. We thought we would test some of them out and write a few words on what we found. Muddy Paws kindly provided three products for us to test and review.
The Ruffwear Beacon Collar Safety Light is an LED dog light designed to keep your pet safe and visible during dark walks. At £17.99 it may initially seem pricey for a dog light; however, you most certainly get what you pay for. The ‘Beacon’, as tested by Archie the Border Terrier proved to live up to its name and is definitely the defining part of this product that sets it apart from its competitors. Unlike most dog lights, it reflects light on to the ground, almost acting as a torch for your dog. The light comes with three settings: slow flash, fast flash and constant. The constant setting is fantastic and provides both a literal and figurative change of pace to the flash-only lights which can sometimes leave you feeling a little dizzy by the end of a walk. The Beacon is a great, sturdy size which is durable for even the most active of dogs. It is also waterproof; a great asset for the unpredictable British weather and the lifetime bulb means it never needs replacing. Overall, very impressed and we definitely recommend it.
The Cosipet Original Dri-Dog Bag is designed to make the aftermath of a wet or muddy walk a little bit easier. The towelled bag definitely helped to keep my dogs warm and dry them off, although they did need an extra bit of towelling down after. This product is particularly handy to keep in the car to stop muddy paw prints getting everywhere on the way back from a countryside or beach walk. It is made from a good-quality towelling material and can be washed in the machine.
On dark winter nights, ensuring your dog is visible to not only yourself, but other walkers and vehicles is top priority. Wellie the Cocker Spaniel gave the Hurtta Lifeguard Micro Vest a try on his daily walks to test its effectiveness. After an initial bit of wriggling from Wellie, who had never worn a coat before, the vest was a great fit for his breed size, with no slipping and it didn’t restrict him from running around. The vest proved easy to get over his head and was both secure and flexible when in place. With 40% of the product covered with reflectors, the visibility is excellent and the water resistant material means the vest dries quickly after a rainy walk. This is certainly a quality product with no loose stitching, using strong and durable material that is mindfully cut to suit an athletic dog that loves running. After two weeks of use, it has shown no signs of rubbing or discomfort and is still going strong.
These are just some of the products that are available on the market and it is worth taking a look around to be sure that you are getting a quality product that will be worth the money you pay.