Safety in the dark
Fall is here and the days are getting colder, darker and more cloudy. Staying the whole...
9 September 2015
Fall is here and the days are getting colder, darker and more cloudy. Staying the whole day inside, enjoying a warm cup of tea, is very tempting, but as a dog owner you have to take your four-legged friend for a walk at least once a day, even in cold and dark weather. We show you how to get safely through the fall… and the dark!
Walking with a dog in the dark can present a number of challenges. The most dangerous and most common problem with nighttime dog walking is that other people – especially people driving cars – can’t really see you or your dog. If a driver can’t see you, you and your dog are at risk of being hit. The same goes for bicyclists – don’t underestimate the damage that a bicyclist or even a jogger can do to you and your pup. As a dog owner, it is important to be aware of these dangers and challenges. Whether it is a reflective dog collar, a headlamp or a reflective safety vest, both dog and owner should be prepared for walks in the dark. With the right gear both ends of the leash can be safe.
One of the most important items for walking a dog at night is bright clothing with reflective elements (this goes for both the human and the dog). A reflective visibility vest is a great way to increase your dog’s visibility at night or in cloudy weather. Lightweight safety vests are comfortable to wear and ensure your dog is seen and safe. A reflective dog collar is also a good way to keep you dear friend safe in the dark. A neon colored dog collar, lined with a highly visible reflective strip running down the middle, will illuminate your dog in the dark
Thanks to ID tags, leashes and dog collars with LED light you can illuminate your dog like a Christmas tree. The LED light will ensure that your dog can be seen from a distance, even in complete darkness.
Bring a flashlight
A flashlight can be helpful for finding your way in the darkness. If you want to have your hands free to keep a good grip on your dog’s leash, a headlamp is the way to go.
Learn your route
Being familiar with your surroundings is key to staying safe in the dark. Consider the path you choose for nighttime walks and make sure you’re aware of particularly unsafe corners or areas, such as a bind corners or driveways that often has drivers crossing the sidewalk. If you are well aware of particularly dangerous spots on a regular route, you are already much safer. Additionally, it is wise to teach your dog some basic safety rules. “Wait” and “sit” are important commands, especially if you can ask your dog to wait from behind, in a busy area, or while moving and he will stop immediately. Always keep a good eye on your dog if he is in front of you.
Do you have any tips for those of us who like to take our dogs out for a evening run or for safety in the dark in general? Please write us a comment.
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