Top Tips for Walking Your Dog at Night

Top Tips for Walking Your Dog at Night

Taking your pup out for their daily walk(s) is one of the best times to bond with them. It’s something they look forward to every single day, but what about walking them at night? What precautions should you take and what can you do to keep your dog safe?

When walking your dog at night, there are several precautions you should take and things to keep in mind. Consider using a shorter leash, walking against traffic, investing in a reflective jacket, and always carrying a phone. These few tips will help keep you and your pup safe when walking at night before you both nod off to sleep!

Table of Contents

  1. Purchase a glow-in-the-dark vest/collar for your pup
  2. Always walk against traffic
  3. Always carry your cell phone
  4. Use a tighter/shorter leash
  5. Carry a torch/flashlight

1. Purchase a glow-in-the-dark vest/collar for your pup

It is also recommended that you invest in a vest for yourself, but right now we’re focusing on your pup! When walking at night, it can be hard for traffic to see you and your pup even if you are carrying a flashlight or wearing bright colors. Purchasing a reflective or glow-in-the-dark vest/collar for your pup will help oncoming traffic see you ahead of time and steer clear of you. 

 

 

2. Always walk against traffic

Similar to riding a bike or walking by yourself, you should always walk against (towards) traffic. Your back should never be towards the oncoming cars in order to prevent the chance of you being struck by surprise. When you face traffic, you always see who is coming towards you. This also keeps you on the opposite side of the road from passing traffic, limiting the chance of you or your pup getting hurt. 

 

3. Always carry your cell phone

Regardless of how well you know the area or how short your walk is, bring your phone with you. If your phone is dead, charge it first! Leaving without your phone can be reckless and dangerous as tragedy tends to strike in the most unexpected times.

If you bring your phone, you are more likely to be rescued if something does happen, even something like your pup getting off their leash. Having your phone on you allows the option to call for help immediately without having to wait. 

 

4. Use a tighter/shorter leash

Walking at night decreases your ability to clearly see what’s around you and most of the time, your pup will actually see (or smell) something before you do. If your pup is on a long leash, they have more room to run ahead of you and get into trouble. A tighter/shorter leash gives you more control when it’s needed in the event you sense something or see something and want to keep your dog by your side. 

 

5. Carry a torch/flashlight

When walking at night, whether walking through a park or on the street, carrying a flashlight will provide you with added visibility. Torches/flashlights also help those coming towards you see that you are there due to the light you are shining on the ground.

Walking your dog at night can be a peaceful, soothing experience. You just need to be a little extra cautious and take a few extra steps to protect yourself and your pooch. Be sure to purchase a reflective or glow-in-the-dark vest for your pooch (and you), keep your dog on a short leash, walk towards traffic, and always keep your phone within reach. 

 

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