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Do You Leave Lights On for Your Dog?

Steve Shepherd |

Your other friend isn't a house pet, but a member of your family.
According to research, 76% of 20-38 year olds own a pet, and nearly half treat their pets as if they were their own children and spoil them for their own pleasure. In other words, this generation loves their pets more than ever. As a pet owner, it's important to make sure your pet is safe. So, do you keep lights on for your dog?

Should I Leave a light on for my Dog when I go out?

Many pet owners will turn on the TV, radio or a night light for their pet when they are out and about. Common reasons for using a pet light include keeping pets calm, giving them a sense of companionship, security or allowing them to see.
Some dog owners say that their pets are afraid of the dark. This only applies to a few dogs, but there is an easy way to tell if your dog is afraid of the dark. If they are more likely to be startled by outside noises at night than during the day, then they are probably afraid of the dark. Add this factor to being home alone and your friend may be upset!
Although some owners leave lights on for their dogs to see in the dark, dogs can actually see much better than humans in low light. This is because they have a part of their eye called the "tapetum" that makes them more reflective. This gives the retina a second chance to absorb light.
However, just because they can see well in low light doesn't mean they can see well in pitch black. If there isn't any light in your home at night, then your dog may have poor eyesight. However, they have a very developed sense of smell and hearing, which means they won't be as helpless as we humans are when there's no light. Even if they can't see well, they may be able to find their way around the house.

Do dogs need a light on at night?

There may be concerns that turning on the lights will disrupt your dog's sleep patterns. Dogs are descended from wolves, which are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk.
This means that lights shouldn’t stop your dog from being able to sleep, but it might be an idea to consider leaving some of the house in darkness for them.
There is no steadfast answer to this question, and much depends on your own pet. For example, some dogs may feel safer with night or dim lights, especially if they are in an anxious or unfamiliar situation; some older dogs may need a night light to help them orient themselves in the dark. Other factors to consider include the benefits of having lights on at night for added safety. You know your pet better than anyone else, so try different lighting conditions to see which you think he responds best to.
However, many people don't like leaving lights on because it can be a safety hazard and can use a lot of electricity. A good solution is to install a light with a photocell feature so that it can come back on when it's dark, saving you money and keeping your dog happy.

Do you Leave a light on for your pets?

Perhaps you do, or maybe you found different ways to help to keep them calm. Share more your ideas below.

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