It’s that time of year again. The sun is rising later in the morning and setting earlier at night. With 70% of dogs being walked at dusk or dawn, safety becomes a concern. There are several precautions you can take to keep safe while walking a dog at night.
Know Your Surroundings
Being aware of your surroundings will provide safety and a sense of calm. Stick to paths with which you are familiar. Keep track of how far you’ve walked to know how long it will take you to get back home as nighttime falls. If you’re listening to music, keep it low so you can also hear what’s happening around you.
Walk Against Traffic
As the law states, walk against traffic. This will also help you see what’s coming toward you so you can get your dog out of the way if necessary. Always walk on sidewalks when possible to avoid traffic.
Make Yourself Visible
Visibility is the biggest concern while walking a dog at night. Carrying a flashlight makes seeing your surroundings easier. The flashlight should be bright enough to allow you to see where you’re stepping and what’s around you. Wearing bright, light colors make you more visible to oncoming motorists.
Make Your Dog Visible
Reflective collars, leashes and harnesses provide more visibility when walking a dog at night. Coastal Pet offers a variety of reflective dog collars, leashes and harnesses. Our reflective collars are adjustable and available in different sizes and patterns.
Reflective dog collars, leashes and harnesses include:
K9 Explorer® Reflective Dog Collar, Leashes and Harness
- Feature reflective stitching woven into luxury nylon
- Reflective nylon and rope leashes are strong, durable and comfortable
- Reflective harnesses feature a comfortable neoprene chest pad
Lazer Brite® Reflective Dog Collar and Leash
- Same reflective material used by safety professionals
- Visible up to 600 feet away
- To be safe, you must be seen
Pet Attire® Pro Reflective Adjustable Dog Collar and Leash
- Sporty colors include stitching that reflects oncoming light
- Trending colors to keep dogs fashionable
- Comfortable, padded, edged webbing
It’s important that your dog gets daily exercise. Don’t let the time change affect your routine. Stay safe while walking a dog at night with these tips.