10 Dog Walking After Dark Safety Tips
Now that the time has changed to Standard Time and the days are getting shorter, it’s impossible to avoid walking our dogs after dark. So, I thought I’d write this post with some tips to help you and your pup stay safe.
1. DON’T WEAR VALUABLES
Or, at least don’t wear jewelry that’s clearly visible to potential thieves.
2. DON’T CARRY CASH
3. DON’T CARRY A PURSE
If you must use some sort of tote, choose a fanny pack. It’s a much safer option.
4. DON’T TALK OR TEXT ON YOUR PHONE
You should stay focused on your dog and your surroundings, while out walking. Keep your phone with you, in case of emergency, though.
5. DON’T WEAR HEADPHONES
You won’t be able to hear what’s going on around you.
6. CARRY MACE, PEPPER SPRAY, A WHISTLE OR A SOUND HORN
These devices can help deter an attacker (person or animal). (The Dog Horn)
7. CARRY A FLASHLIGHT
This is important to help you avoid tripping on uneven surfaces. It can also help you spot any wildlife that might be near your path. Try to walk in well-lit areas.
8. WEAR LIGHT COLORED OR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING
Use a reflective collar and/or harness and leash on your dog. Wear light colored clothing and/or a reflective vest. This will help oncoming traffic to spot you and to help keep you safe.
9. STAY VIGILANT
Keep alert for potential danger – humans, animals or vehicles.
10. STAY ON FAMILIAR ROUTES
Leave the exploring to daytime hours.
What other tips can you add? Please comment, below!