Many of us lead busy lives and walking the dog at night is often the only option. This may be especially true now that the days are starting to shorten as we head into the autumn and winter months. Nighttime walks with our favorite pooch can be fun, but nighttime can also be hazardous. The good news is, it’s easy to be prepared for a nighttime walk by following a few safety tips.
Visibility is low in the evening hours and at night. One of the most important things is to make sure both the person and the dog are going to be visible to passing traffic.
• Use reflective collars, leads, and harnesses
• Clip blinking lights to clothing and the dog’s leash
• Dress for the night – wear bright or light colored clothing
• Wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight
Watch for wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, and coyotes. These animals are more active at night.
Leave the tunes at home. Don’t wear headphones when dog walking at night. When it is hard to see, rely on hearing to pick up cues in the environment, such as a cyclist buzzing by or a vehicle approaching.
Stick to known routes and take a cell phone. You never know when it will come in handy.
Once all the precautions are taken for the safety of Rover and yourself, it’s time to relax and enjoy the nighttime walk!