Five Important Tips for Walking Your Dog at Night

Doors Open At Crufts 2009

Many people find themselves walking their dog at night after the sun has gone down. There are many reasons for this: they’re out all day at work and don’t come home till night; during the day it is too hot to walk and after dusk is the perfect weather; and/or it’s a lot more fun to do once the sun has gone down and it’s nice and dark out. That may be the case, however, walking at night in the dark can pose some dangerous situations.

Here are five important tips for walking your dog at night:

1. Bring a friend. Being alone in the dark can give even the toughest person a bit of anxiety. If you can, bring along a friend who can accompany you and calm your nerves. Your dog can sense your uneasiness also, so a friend that can help you relax is of benefit to them too.

2. Wear reflective gear. One of the biggest dangers of walking at night is crossing the street and being hit by a car because your clothing is easily hidden in the dark. Wearing reflective clothing can help motorists see you so they can step on their brakes.

3. Pack a flashlight. The dark of the night may need some light when you’re walking, especially on trails you can’t see. Anything that shines light can prove helpful, like a headlight or lantern. A somewhat heavy flashlight could also double as a possible weapon for protection.

4. Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid putting in your earbuds, as it’s important to be aware of everything around you – whether it’s to see if your dog is okay or if someone or something is following you.

5. Have your cell phone with you. Along with your sweater, dog leash and plastic bags, don’t forget to tote your cell. It doubles as a clock and a backup if anything happens and you need to call for help.

(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Couple Gives Up Dream Wedding So Terminally Ill Dog Can Be There To Celebrate
This Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets
Fur Babies
7 Great Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love Their Furbabies
Pets With Disabilities: An Organization that Gives a Voice to Millions of Dogs
Border Collie Boston Terrier Cane Corso Chihuahua Corgi French Bulldog German Shepherd Golden Retriever Great Dane Pit Bulls Rottweiler Siberian Husky Tibetan Mastiff
The Most Desired Designer Dogs
10 Dog Breeds That Really Love to Sleep
What Defines a Dog as Being a Spitz?
Raising a Puppy
Understanding the Special Needs and Expectations of Raising a Puppy
Beaagle puppy
How to Pick the Best Name for Your Puppy
The Difference Between Puppy, Dog and Senior Dog Food
How to Deal with Your Dog Peeing in the House
Dog sticking head out of a car
How CBD Oil Can Help Improve Your Dog’s Health
Protecting Your Pets from Poisons: What You Need to Know
Researchers 3D Print New Skull for Dog with Cancer
Five Ways to Help Local Homeless Animals When Adoption is Not An Option