Winter nights are colder and darker than any other time of the year, so it’s important that when taking your canine companion out for an evening dog walk you keep them and yourself safe. Here are our top night-time safety tips.
- One of the best things you can do to keep your pet safe is to invest in an LED collar and/or lead. You can even purchase a safety light that will attach to your pooch’s collar. Not only will this make your four-legged friend visible to you, but they’ll be more noticeable to passing motorists, cyclists and evening joggers.
- Reflective pet jackets and accessories – such as collars, leads and ID tags – are also great for increasing your dog’s visibility. Even brightly-coloured pet accessories will help make your pet more noticeable.
- As well as ensuring your pet can be seen, make sure they are kept warm too with a coat or jumper. Although it can be fairly mild during the day, once the sun sets there will be a noticeable drop in temperature. Short-haired dogs and a dogs with thin coats will feel the cold more strongly so need to be well protected.
- Keep your canine on a lead throughout your walk for maximum safety. Dogs can easily become spooked by strange wildlife noises they can’t see causing them to run off. When walking near traffic, a shorter lead is best – if you have an extendable lead, avoid letting your pooch run the full length until you’re in a park or field.
- If you do let your pet off the lead, make sure it is in a well-lit area and preferably one you know well – this will help keep mishaps to a minimum.
- Always carry a torch with you. This will help you avoid tripping or falling and to spot potential dangers, like other dogs that may not be on the lead or wild animals – such as foxes. Also it is a good way to keep an eye on your dog if they are roaming freely.