As winter draws in, the days get shorter and the nights get darker. Walking your dog at night, or indeed in the morning, brings risks that can endanger not only your dog, but yourself as well.
Always use a lead. While we always advocate walking dogs on a lead, if you do let them off during the winter season, you can lose sight of them quickly. There are plenty of ‘glow in the dark’ products out there, which you can attach to your dog. However, despite your dog being able to see better in the dark than us humans, they too can easily lose sight of you and potentially panic.
Don’t wear dark clothing. Common sense, but often forgotten. Wear lighter clothing at night, not only for your own safety, but so that your dog can see you at all times too.
Stay safe. The most pleasant of areas can be a scary by night! Walk in well lit areas, and stick to the path, but always be wary of passing traffic. If you do happen to live in a ‘less pleasant’ area, always walk in pairs and let others know where you are going and when to expect you back.
Don’t be lazy. After a hard days work it’s understandable that the last thing you may want to do is walk your dog. Some dogs, during winter, may miss out on their daily walk or owners may get their (older) children to ‘run them round the block’. Dogs however need more than a 2 minute walk and with dark nights approaching, would you want to put your children at risk?
Use a dog walker. Utilising a dog walker will ensure your dog gets the exercise it needs, during the day when it’s light and safe. Depending on your dogs breed, an hours walk during the day will be suffice, leaving you to relax at night in the safety of your own home together.