Nighttime can be dangerous for your dog, so in order to keep them safe you can pick a variety of things to do. From reflective clothing, through LED bracelets and all the way to glow sticks, dog walkers can provide an additional visibility by using some of these products. Furthermore, various products were designed especially to make sure your best friend is perfectly safe and noticeable to other passers-by.
Keep Your Dog Safe on Evening Walks
The Nocturnal Creatures
Evening strolls are not always safe, especially if you live in an area where squirrels, skunks, or raccoons live. It is in the dog’s nature to chase other animals and any animate objects, so it will go after the creature if it spots it. This can be really uncomfortable and sometimes painful if the dog is on its leash and it suddenly wrenches your arm, to go for a raccoon. In order to avoid this predicament, you should find a perfectly lighted route that is familiar to you. Furthermore, equip yourself with a whistle, to scare of the little nocturnal creatures if you spot them in your vicinity.
Let There Be Light
Only a visible dog is a safe dog. The most important thing to do is to make everyone see your pooch. That is the only way you will be completely sure that it is safe and that it will not get hurt, or endanger someone else. If the darkness prevents everyone else from seeing the dog, there is the possibility it gets hit by a car, or a bicycle. What is more, a jogger or a passer-by can trip over its leash and hurt themselves and your pooch.
Reflective tags, dog collars, leggings and numerous reflective clothing are the perfect solution to this problem. Wrap a small LED light around the dog’s leash or collar, and it will be perfectly visible to everyone. Brilliant reflective tape is another great option, because you can tape it to your dog’s collar, leash or to its wardrobe. Reflective leashes are a great choice as well. The ones that have reflective material on both sides are the best choice, because they provide the ultimate visibility of the dog. Furthermore, bring a flashlight with you, for some additional light. It will help you avoid any dangerous potholes, and notice any potential obstacle on the road.
While it is important to have your dog visible, it is also imperative to have you as noticeable as possible. Dark clothes are not an option for night walks. Vibrant, fluorescent colors would be great. Many workout clothes come in these colors, so feel free to have your neon green tracksuit on while you are on the walk. What is more, lightweight reflective vests for both you and your dog provide you with additional safety. Every car will be able to spot you and the pooch as soon as the headlight comes near you. Aside from wardrobe, it is essential you are alert through an entire walk, so do not have your headphones on, or anything that will distract you from the surrounding sounds.
Being smart, cautious, and alert is all it takes for the night walk with your dog to be great. Avoid unknown routes, make sure you are always visible to everyone around you, and you will have nothing to worry about. Everyone will be safe and sound.