Reflective Collars for night useThese recommended reflectors are actually cyclists' arm bands (about $16.00):
This is reflective tape - cut it yourself to fit your dog (About $10):
Quick Release Dog CollarIt's very important that your dog's collar be easily removed without unbuckling it. Bill, one of our local Palo Alto animal control officers, told me his sad story of losing his dog because while playing, another dog got his teeth tangled in Bill's dog's collar. It was choking his dog, but there was no way to get it undone or the other dog unstuck. His dog strangled.
Break-Away CollarThere is an even better collar which will "break away" on it's own if you are not home or fast enough to intervene. The leash snaps through the two hoops, so it's safe while on leash:
Dog Tag Bagtags:
Everyone Hates Tag Noise! Light sleepers, sleeping babies, bird hunters, joggers, service dog owners and dogs!
Quiet Tag Features:
These are two sources we found for hand made tagbags (you can probably find more):
Hand made dog tag silencer from Etsy.com>
SUTTER:Please click here to see a photo chronicle of his puppyhood.
We wanted to save Sutter's shoulders and hips from strain jumping into and out of our Jeep, so we got a TWISTEP. It attaches to a trailer hitch at the back of the car, slides under it when not in use, and probivides a sturdy step from the street into the car. Sutter loved it! (we had to buy and install a trailer hitch, but it was well worth it). So much easier than dealing with heavy bulky stairs or bouncy ramps. Only sold online.
Instead of sliding under your SUV or Jeep when not in use, this device inserts into your trailer-hitch only when you need it. Very lightweight, and takes up little room in your car. Sold only online I believe.
Your dog will greatly appreciate either of the above "loading" aids, and it will save his/her joints in the long run. OTTOSTEP
PRONG COLLAR SAFETY LEASH:Some experienced dog trainers know that a prong (pinch) collar, fitted properly can save an aggressive or overly zealous dog from yanking out of your control, getting into fights, running away, or possibly hurting another dog or human.
Unfortunately, sometimes improperly fitted prong/pinch chains fail. There are a few solutions to this, and we recommend:
These leather two-headed-leashes can be found at: leerburg.com
PRONG (PINCH) COLLAR SAFETY CHAIN:We know lots of folks think Prong or "Pinch" collars are dangerous. Most dogs won't pull on the leash with more gentle remedies: halters, gentle leaders, etc. However, some dogs are too stubborn for those methods. Prong collars don't hurt the dog. The "prongs" are not sharp. They act like the teeth of the alpha dog in a wild pack, putting a little pressure on the beta dogs meaning "pay attention."
So, if you have a large dog who is otherwise uncontrollable, the prong collar might be right for you and your dog. Note: these collars can fail. The links can come apart, leaving your dog free to run into traffic. So, we developed the Prong Collar Safety Chain.
Follow this link only if you want to see a photo and make your own:
More to come soon. Send us your safety tips and devices!