6 Tips For Walking Your Dog At Night

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Walking your dog each day is Canine Care 101. A walk provides your pooch with exercise and, of course, a potty break. While letting your dog run around the backyard or taking him to the dog park can be good exercise, it isn't a substitute for walking. These activities don't offer the same mental stimulation your dog gets by investigating every smell, sight, and sound when you take him for a stroll. As you and your dog walk, he's gathering information about how his territory has changed since the last time he was on that same route. Me and my husband walk our dogs at night; simply because we are working during day time. So let me share these 6 tips for walking your dogs at night:

1. Be Visible
Everyone in your pedestrian party should be wearing something reflective. As the pet parent, wear a bright reflective vest and consider purchasing one for your dog. Check your neighborhood pet store for leash lights, blinking collars, and reflective harnesses - all of these are smart choices to protect the ones you love.

(Both tired after our night walk. Dixie(husky) is still wearing his blinking lights in this photo.)

2. Tag Fido!
Dog can't talk. This means, if one of the furry loves of your life runs for the hills on the tail of a mischievous cat, they can't tell anyone where they belong. You should never leave home without detailed ID tags for your dogs.

3. Follow The Light
Although not always possible, when it is, opt for the more well-lit paths. Not only is it safer to be within hearing range of other humans, but dark trails accomodate animals that can be aggressive and dangerous.

4. Hold The Phone!
If you are out at night to spend time with that four-legged friend, then spend time with him or her and keep your cell phone in your pocket. Besides, you can't pay attention to your dog, traffic, other pedestrians, and traffic signs if you're fiddling with your phone. However, emergencies do occur and having cell phones can save lives, so don't leave home without it.

5. Turn Off The Tunes
You should always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night! Our sense of hearing alerts us to motorists behind us; bikers and joggers; other dogs and animals; and all sorts of other potential dangers. Remember, it's not just your safety, but your furry friend's too!

6. A Trained Dog Is A Safe Dog
Taking a walk, whether in the day of at night, should be an enjoyable experience for both of you. If you allow your dog to pull you all around the neighborhood, you are not only making it uncomfortable for you, but dangerous for both of you. Training a dog to be a well-behaved walker lessens the likelihood that he or she will pull you both into oncoming traffic, run after a cat, or challenge another dog.


I hope this quick list helped you in some ways. Stay safe and always enjoy your time with your fur friend!

[The first photo is not mine, I just edited it. You may want to visit saratogadoglovers.com]

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