Dog walking night safety tips will tell you how to do it and what your dog needs
Whatever the reason you walk your dog at night – whether it’s your busy schedule or lack of a backyard – make sure it’s done safely.
First, avoid crossing busy intersections with your dog if at all possible. This may seem like common sense, but people have been seen countless times doing just that. In many situations, it may be unrealistic not to cross the street at all, but use your best judgment. Try to avoid crossing main roads if you don’t live on them. Always cross at a light.
Use a Leash
Whether it’s day or night, you should always walk your dog on a leash. A leash should especially be used at night because someone is a lot less likely to see your pet when it’s dark. You can have the most mild mannered, well behaved dog. All it takes is one instance in which your dog is too enticed by something to stay put (maybe it sees a squirrel, a cat, or another dog) for something terrible to happen. With that being said, take the extra few seconds to put a leash on your dog.
When walking your dog at night, it is very important that your dog is able to be seen by others, especially those driving by. Investing in an LED collar cover will guarantee that. For even more safety, add an LED dog leash. It is also important to make sure you are seen in the dark. Wear a shirt that has reflectors on it.
Keep an Eye Out
While on your nightly walks, you should watch your dog like a hawk. So many horror stories have circulated about dogs choking on foreign objects (like chicken bones that fell out of someone’s trash, for example) because the owner didn’t see them on the ground and wasn’t paying attention when the dog started chewing on them. Always keep a close eye out, and if your dog is lingering in a spot for too long, make sure he or she is just sniffing and isn’t eating anything harmful. If your street is poorly lit, it will help to take a flashlight. A flashlight is also helpful if your dog steps in something sharp and you need to check out the wound right away.
With that being said, you should also skip the leeway and keep your dog close to you. If it’s difficult to see what your dog is up to when he or she is right next to you, then it will be almost impossible to see what’s going on if your pet is ten feet in front of or behind you.
Keep it Short and Sweet
The bottom line is that walking your dogs at night is not as safe as walking them during the day, so try to keep the nightly ones to a minimum. Obviously, if your schedule or other factors call for most of your walks to occur at night, don’t cut them short. However, if you are usually able to walk your dogs before dusk but on rare occasions have to walk them at night, it won’t hurt to make those occasional nightly walks quick around the block or even down the street.
Taking every single one of these safety precautions may seem like a bit much to some, but it would be wise to practice at least some of them. After all, your best friend’s safety is definitely worth it.