Walking Dog At Night? Get This Gear To Be Safe

26 January 2022

Walking your dog in the dark? It can be a bit more dangerous than your normal daytime walks. So find out what you need to do plus the gear that will help to keep your canine pal safe!

close up of a dog at night

As a good dog parent, you know it’s important to walk your dog often. And this often means walking the dog at night. Dark nights can mean danger for your four-legged friend, due to the lack of visibility and the risk of your dog running away. So here are our tips for dog safety at night – so you can protect your canine pal and your peace of mind!

What’s the risk of walking a dog at night?

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.

close up of a dog's face at night wearing glow in the dark gps tracker from Tractive low visibility

Night time dog walking gear

Leash & collar tags

This should go without saying, but if you are walking your dog at night make sure to bring a leash and have ID tags on your dog’s collar. These items shouldn’t be missed on any walk. It’s also beneficial to microchip your dog before going on any outdoor adventures.

Reflective dog vest

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.

GPS dog tracker

Another essential safety tool is a GPS tracker for dogs. If your dog escapes the leash, or otherwise gets lost wandering off in the dark, you’ll be able to track them in real-time on your phone and find them again in minutes. The light and sound of the tracker can be enable to help you find them.

Glow in the dark tracker sleeve

Make your dog even more visible with a glow in the dark sleeve for your GPS tracker.

Get the Tractive GPS Dog Tracker

LED lights

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.

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.

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Know 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.

Teach basic dog commands

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.

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