Fall is here! Trees are showing off, breezes are a little cooler and shorter days just keep coming our way. Everyone agrees that it is a beautiful time of year, but we also know that daylight becomes a prized commodity when walking your furry partner in life. We have a few tips for making these darker treks just a little safer for both of you.
1. Leashes Are Your Friend
You have two guesses as to which of you will see better in the dark. If you are walking on two legs, it is not you! That means that your dog may go after something that you can not see. So, walking your dog off-leash is not really an option at night. Not only can it get away from you, it can frighten any other walkers in your path. Even flexi-leashes which provide a wider range of motion for your pet are not as safe as a shorter, rigid leash. You have more control and your dog can’t get wrapped around poles. It also reduces the possibility of tripping.
2. Let There Be Light
This should come as no surprise, but you and your pet need to be visible to cars, bicycles and other pedestrians. Wear lighter color clothing or a reflective vest to make you more visible.
In addition, you might consider a leash with lights for a fun and colorful way to increase visibility.
The PupLight, will not only illuminate the area, but helps with the “dooty” chores that are harder to see at night.
3. Play Dress Up
Even if you don’t dress up your furry friend any other time of the year, cooler days mean that your four-legged child will be in need of a coat. You feel the change in temperature, it just makes sense that your walking buddy does, too. Make that coat reflective for an extra bonus!
4. Be A Good Scout
Plan your route ahead of time so that you will become familiar with obstacles before you clip on that leash. Look for uneven pavement, high traffic areas, and areas without comfortable paths. Plan ahead and stay aware. This would be a great time to stay unplugged to be super aware of your surroundings.
Let us know how you and your four-legged walking partner plan to stay safe with your nighttime strolls!
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