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Safety Tips for Walking Your Dog at Night

By: Phineas Gray
Category : Pets
February 15, 2013

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Walking at night is inevitable with busy schedules and is sometimes preferred to avoid the hot sun and enjoy the quiet beauty of nature.  While walking at night can be relaxing, it poses more safety concerns than walking during the day.  There are easy things that you can do to stay safe and even pet products designed with pet and owners’ safety in mind.  Products like a LED dog collar or lighted dog leash, for instance, are simple yet effective safety precautions.


Safety Tips for the Pet Owners
It is safer to wear bright colored clothes or outerwear with reflective tape than dark colored clothes.  Dark clothes make you blend in and make it harder for oncoming traffic to see you and your dog.  When going on a night walk, even in a familiar area, it is a good idea to ask someone to go with you.  If no one is available, at least be sure someone knows where you plan to go.


The adage ‘there is power in numbers’ is true.  One person is more vulnerable than two, even with a dog. Everyone has a cell phone.  It is a good idea to not only have a cell phone with you, but also be sure it is easily accessible.


If you do not have a lighted dog collar or lighted dog leash, then you will also need to have a reliable flashlight.  Even if you have walked the same path hundreds of times, you should always have a charged light source with you.


Safety Tips for the Dogs
Dog owners from all walks of life understand the importance of having a reliable leash and collar to keep their pet safe.  Countless hours are spent teaching puppies and dogs how to walk on a leash.  Leash manners should be mastered before attempting a night walk. 


Much like a dog owner’s clothes should be bright and reflective, the leash and collar are opportunities for a dog to be seen.  Leashes with reflective tape or a lighted dog leash are perfect ways for traffic to know you and your dog are there.  Dog collars, shirts and coats with reflective properties are other options.


With some thought and safety precautions, night walks are enjoyable for both dog and owner.

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