The winter months inevitably bring shorter days and less hours of sunlight. By the time you’re done with work, it might already be dark out. However, this doesn’t mean you have to forgo your dog’s daily walk. Instead, consider the following tips for ensuring your night walks are safe and efficient ones.
Use a Light Up Collar & Leash
This is one of the most critical components of night walks with your dog. You should always leash your dog at night, preferably using one that lights up. A night glowing collar is the perfect item to warn cars, pedestrians and other dogs of your presence. Not only will this alert cars in the area that you’re there, but it will prevent other dogs from being alarmed at your sudden appearance in the dark, which could lead to them nervously bolting into traffic or breaking free from their leash.
Dress the Part
Once the sun goes down, the winter chill really sets in. Dogs with shorter hair are more likely to feel the effects of the blustery weather, so you should use the proper gear to keep them warm. Ensuring you are warm and visible to passersby is equally important.
In addition to a reflective leash and collar, make your night walks colorful with reflective apparel for you and your dog. During wintertime especially, it’s important to stay visible and warm, states Rover. Invest in a pet sweater or jacket with reflective patches for your dog to keep them comfortable outdoors at night, and consider purchasing a headlamp to light up your route.
General Safety Tips
In addition to keeping you and your pet warm and visible, it’s important to consider the following general safety tips for walking at night:
- Take a familiar route
- Walk against traffic so you can see what is headed your way
- Walk on well-lit and trafficked areas
- Don’t wear headphones
- Be aware of your surroundings
Every pet owner knows how important walks are for your pet’s stimulation, exercise and happiness. However, walking at night doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Consider these tips and make your winter night adventures enjoyable.