There are various reasons why some dog owners would prefer to walk their canine companions at night. It’s probably because they are just too busy with their work and it’s only during the night that they have the time. Also, during winter, when there’s shorter daylight, the only time that you can take your dog out is at night. Of course, another benefit to this is the fact that the weather at night is much better than in the daytime.
When walking your dogs at night, there are many things you need to keep in mind to ensure your safety and that of your pooch too.
Here are some tips on how to properly walk your dog at night.
Wear A Reflective Collar
The best way to protect your pooch at night is to make it wear a reflective collar and harness. At night, it can be difficult for drivers to see moving objects from a distance. So to make sure that no passing car will hit your pooch while crossing the streets at night, you should get a reflective collar and harness for your pooch.
Although white dogs are better at reflecting lights than the dark-furred dogs, it’s necessary for all dogs to wear any type of reflective material when going for a walk at night. In fact, dog owners should also wear reflective clothes to ensure their safety.
Dog LED collars are also an excellent option to consider. Instead of reflecting light, these LED collars continuously produces light.
Use A Short Leash
When taking your pooch for a walk in the dark, make sure you keep it close to you at all times. Therefore, using a short leash would be a good idea. You can perhaps attach a 4-feet leash at the harness of your dog or use retractable leashes that can be locked at four feet. Retractable leashes are a great investment for your pet so you should keep one at home. They can come in handy during emergencies.
It’s pretty easy for dogs to explore in the dark since their noses are capable of detecting scents and their ears are sensitive enough to hear even the quietest sounds. Getting a short leash for your dog can help you to easily protect your pooch from stepping on dangerous objects since you can easily pull your pet away.
Walk On Familiar Paths
Although it’s fun to discover new areas and walking paths with your dog, try to stick to familiar paths as much as possible. This is to avoid any risk of getting lost, which can be very dangerous at night. Walking on familiar paths helps to ensure that you will not be passing along dangerous cliffs that could lead to accidental falls with your pooch. Furthermore, exploring unfamiliar paths might also put you at risk of meeting nocturnal animals that will chase or threaten your pooch.
Bring Your Phone With You
For your safety, it’s always a smart idea to bring your phone with you as you take your pooch for night walks. Although it’s highly advised to walk your pooch with a friend or companion, there may be instances that you are alone. In this case, you need to have a phone so you can always call for help in the event of an emergency.
Walk Only On Lighted Paths
Always choose to walk on illuminated paths even if you have a flashlight or your pooch is wearing reflectors. You’ll find that most of the paths in the public parks and main streets in your neighborhood are lighted so choose to walk in these areas instead.
Lights also offer safety and protection to you and your pooch. It allows you to spot approaching wild animals and criminals. Thus, you will be able to react quickly. Furthermore, lighted pathways allow you to easily identify potholes, loose dogs, broken glasses, and other dangerous hazards.