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The In’s and Out’s of Flashlights for Casual Evening Dog Walks

To dog owners and enthusiasts everywhere – especially families welcoming their newest addition.

Having a dog in the family is a LOT of work – and we mean A LOT. Feeding, cleaning, playing, walking – we’ve all been there. Walking your dog is important; not only could we write this whole blog post about the emotional, physical, and pet-loving benefits dog-walking has for you and your canine companion, but also the risks associated with doing so.

  Having a dog is a full-time job, and sometimes you find yourself in the darkness of the late evening where the day’s light starts to go out and you’re just beginning to leave the front door to take your furry friend out for their daily stroll. The last thing you want is to see is your beloved Beagle running away after a rabbit and off into the dark of the night, leash attached and everything.

That’s why we here at J2LEDFLASHLIGHT have decided to blog about the need, convenience, and safety of carrying a good flashlight when enjoying those night-time outings with your very own.

In this blog, we will be covering... 

A. 6 situations where you and your dog will be finding a flashlight useful

B. examples of flashlights here at J2EDFLASHLIGHT for dog-walking and what makes them so good

 

Here’s how it may go; you have just left the house and have set out on your evening walk with your beloved dog. As you make it down the road, here are some possible situations that we have found good for using one of our flashlights.

1. You see you’re little (or big) friend sniffing at something and they don’t seem intent on stopping. But it’s just too dark to see. You decide to turn on your flashlight (on the lowest brightness, of course, to keep their eyes safe too). It turns out your beloved dog has a plastic wrapper in its mouth, chewing it like its favourite toy. Without the flashlight, what you may have thought to have been a quick sniff break may have, in reality, been a piece of plastic in your poor dog’s stomach.

2. As you make your way down to another street, you notice that the sidewalk might not be busy, but the road is. Still bustling with traffic and oncoming cars, you decide to turn on your flashlight to a higher setting. Pointing further along your path keeps drivers aware of you two as you make your way across. Making drivers aware of the presence of your precious pet along with yourself makes sure that you both can make it home safely without worry.

3. As you slowly reach a less busy street, the streetlights start to lose their service in lighting up the path ahead. You ramp your brightness setting back up and you shine it up on the path. You realize that there are some bumps and the path is a bit uneven. You also notice that you could have fallen into a small ditch. The flashlight helps you ensure that the two of you are not tripping or suffering any bad injuries and knowing where you step.

4. As you continue down your route, you see another person approaching. To make your presence known, you turn your flashlight up to its standard-setting to let them know that you have your dog walking with you. But you notice that the approaching walker also has a dog. The flashlight once again proves itself useful as it allows both the fellow dog-walker and your dog to be aware of the approaching canine, as they can be just as surprised by other animals as we can.

5. It’s time for a potty break. You get ready to pick up after your dog, but it’s too dark to see. So, you use your flashlight to make sure you are responsibly and completely picking up after your dog.

6. To those who decide to take a more secluded or rural route with their dog, using the strobe or a high beam can also deter off any unwanted animals from crossing paths with your dog. Ensuring that there are no opportunities for your dog to suddenly get scared will also keep you from having the opportunity to suddenly get scared. 

 

Some Dog-walking Flashlights Here at J2LEDFLASHLIGHT
We have covered how useful and important having a high-quality flashlight can be for your nighttime dog walking, so we here at J2LEDFLASHLIGHT would like to cover two great dog-walking flashlights that you may want to consider for your next dog-walking trip.

Nitecore P12

The Nitecore P12 is an LED Flashlight that we here at J2LEDFLASHLIGHT love and highly recommend to the nighttime dog-walking lovers. It runs a rechargeable 18650 Li-ion rechargeable battery or 2 CR123 Primary Lithium Batteries, meaning that a full charge during the day will have you up and ready to go the moment evening hits to power this flashlight at full capacity.

Nitecore P12 led flashlight for dog walking at night

 The range is great, with the lowest setting beginning at 1 lumen and capping at 1000 lumens.  With the brightness adjustment button being on the side of the flashlight, it is also super easy to change brightness settings with one hand as you keep your dog steady with the other.

Along with a throw of 232 meters and a fall resistance of 1.5 meters, this flashlight is everything that a nighttime loving dog walker will need as much as a flashlight is concerned.

Attach the lanyard around your wrist and you also won’t have to worry about dropping the flashlight while in mid-walk. The flashlight even comes with a solid and super tough Velcro holster, so you can attach it to your belt or leash handle when you are in need of a free hand.

Nitecore EA21
The Nitecore EA21 is our second high-quality LED Flashlight that is great for dog-walking. It runs on two AA batteries, meaning that finding the power source for this flashlight is widely and commercially available.



The thin and sleek design of this flashlight allows for a comfortable full handgrip with the on and off switch and the brightness adjustment button being located along the side of the flashlight. Aside from the 4 different levels of brightness, the flashlight also has an output with a strobe light option to make other’s aware of your presence (also has a red light output).

Join on the lanyard and keep the holster attached to a belt or bag and this flashlight becomes one of the best and highest-quality dog-walking flashlight for one to use.

Tips for Choosing a Flashlight for Evening/Night-Time Dog Walking

We all like to know where we’re walking. It becomes twice as important when we have a dog companion at our side. Therefore, here at J2LEDFLASHLIGHT we encourage you to keep walking your dogs, daytime or not. Enjoy what the outdoors has to offer and go nurture that special bond that you have with your canine friend. They are a lot of work, but the happiness and companionship our dogs can provide us are so much more. We hope to see you guys enjoying the evenings taking your little friends for those little strolls. Stay aware and be safe! Here are a couple of tips/tricks to keep in mind when using your flashlight for your dog walks.

First, you’re going to want to choose a flashlight that has a good range of intensity. One that goes from a very low brightness level (like 1 lumen) to the flashlight’s max output (up to 1000+ lumens). A higher setting will be useful for seeing what’s ahead at greater distances. On the contrary, checking if the near path ahead is clear would be great for a lower setting.

Second, it's an important thing to know that we aren’t the only ones that gain poor vision with age. Dogs experience this as well. Therefore, a flashlight will also help them stay knowing where they are and what is ahead of them. Young or old, a dog deserves just as much vision as we do when it comes to dark environments.

Other dog walkers will also appreciate a light source that will allow both your companions to have a heads up of each other, as sudden surprises – especially in the dark – can actually startle your dog.

Third, for those moments where you want to see far ahead of you two, you will want to use a brightness on the higher end. On the contrary, when you are simply strolling and want to see what’s ahead of you two a few meters, it is important to use a brightness setting on the lower end of the spectrum, as this ensures the beam is not too bright for your dog. If you’re a city dog walker, then the lower setting may also be beneficial to your dog and people you may come across.

Using a stronger and more tactical flashlight will also give others the opportunity to see you and your dog and to make sure that they stay away from you too. Cars, bicycles, and other pedestrians are the last thing you want interrupting your evening stroll.

The upside of using a more tactical flashlight for dog walking includes the extended range of lighting functions. This includes the strobe or beacon functions, as this can be used to scare off unwanted predators like coyotes or small unwanted critters like rabbits or skunks.

Finally, your dog is always almost certainly never going to be at your side. So you’re going to want a flashlight with a good throw. This means the ability for the light to project itself into the distance. For those walking in more rural areas, it may be of more importance to know what’s to come.  In addition, flashlights with good spill are also important as the beam is able to cover a wider range of a wide path or a sidewalk. Meaning you can survey the area for anything that you may need to be on the lookout for.

Remember you want a flashlight that compliments your ability to adapt to the changing environment around you and your dog at any time – especially at night. Some recommendations include tying your lanyard to your flashlight, so you never have to worry about dropping it. Always remember to carry around a spare battery along with your essentials so you also don’t go blind mid-walk. Make sure to double-check these things as they may become important when you least expect them.

Are there any other tips and tricks that we missed out on or wondering what other flashlights fit your specific needs? Leave a comment below and let me know if you have any questions.

 


Andrew Chow
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