“ Brand: Ancol / Type: High Visibility safety flashing tag „
Walking a black dog in the dark can be somewhat hazardous at times, especially if it has a habit of taking off after the local wildlife as mine does! In fact, letting him loose in our rather large garden has it's problems too from time to time when one of the resident foxes decides to put in an appearance at the same time. I have managed to stop him jumping the fences (I hope) but it IS very useful to know exactly where he is.
A small item that I have found extremely useful is the Ancol Dog Beacon. This is a small flashing tag that you attach to the collar. It's switched on by twisting the body of the tag and flashes red and blue - rather reminiscent of a small police car! It is extremely high visibility - even on my long haired border collie. It is said to be visible up to a quarter of a mile away - barring obstacles between, of course - and this I can well believe. I have to admit that I did have my doubts when I first used it and I couldn't believe that something so small could be so visible but I was so pleased with the results that I bought a second one in case of emergencies. That is, in case the batteries should run out when I couldn't get to buy more!
Speaking of batteries, it works with three AG3 batteries and the advice is that they should be replaced if the light sequence changes to just a single colour. The item is water resistant for normal dog walking but, of course, this does not include swimming.
Having previously had border collies with the more usual markings including a large amount of white they have always been quite visible at night however, the one I have now is predominantly black and although he has a fair amount of white this is mainly underneath and consequently he can disappear into the shadows very easily. I do feel that safety is very important when you are walking a dog and this flashing red and blue light does give an indication that he is around - even though some people may initially wonder what is the cause of the strange lights.
As I said previously, I have used this more in the garden than anywhere else as he does have a nasty habit of disappearing into the darkness and, being a border collie, thinks it very funny if you are searching the wrong end of the garden. This item has truly put a stop to this and spoilt a lot of his fun I'm sure.
I bought my Dog Beacon at www.netpetshop.co.uk for £2.87 but according to the Ancol site the recommended price is £3.22 - either way a small price to pay for safety and peace of mind.
I hope that this will be of use to you, and I thank you for reading it.