With daylight savings time once again upon us, we’ll be walking dogs in the dark much more often.
The sun may be snoozing, but our four-legged pals still want to frolic and play as much as they do in the summer.
We’re dispensing some tips and tricks for staying safe when walking your dog at night, plus some fun gadgets for night-time frolicking that you and fido are sure to enjoy!
Reflective vests for you and your dog are one of the best ways to keep you both safe at night.
Reflective vests increase your visibility for cars, bikes, and other humans and pups passing by. We recommend vests for both canine and humans, as they are one of the greatest tools to keep you visible at night.
While exploring new avenues and walking routes is always fun, be sure to avoid trying out new trails at night.
For one, this will prevent you from getting lost. However, it’s also smart to stick to well-worn paths at night to avoid chance encounters with nature’s nocturnal creatures.
From raccoons to skunks, there are plenty of night time animals you don’t want your pup chasing after. Walking on populated paths means other animals will be less likely to rear their heads.
Headlamps give you the hands-free ability to see what’s in front of you and navigate the darkness safely.
If you often walk your dog in the dark, a headlamp is a near necessity (come on, you don’t want to pick up doggie poo with a flashlight in one hand…you need ultimate visibility).
Think of yourself as the Indiana Jones of the dog-walking world, exploring night-cloaked streets and caverns with your faithful furry friend.
Not sure what to get? We recommend the Yalumi Headlamp, available on Amazon. It has great reviews and costs under $20 bucks.
This likely goes without saying for most, but you’ll always want to walk your pet on a lead at night. Even dogs who are great off leash can get spooked or lost at night, when it’s a bit tougher to see and get around.
Plus, if your dog darts out into the street, there’s a higher risk of him or her getting hit by a car at night, when visibility isn’t as good.
For this reason, leashes are truly a must for night time dog walking.
Another great way to stay visible at night is with light up leashes and collars. These fun and flashy walking wearables for your pooch will light up the night.
There are tons of great light-up collars, but one popular collar that receives rave reviews is the Petiner Dog LED Light Safety Collar. This light-up collar can be set for several different modes, from blinking to steady light.
If light-up collars don’t float your boat, there are also blinking LED mini-lights that can be clipped onto a variety of clothing or items for easy visibility.
To be safe, it’s always smart to carry your cellphone with you when you are going for a night walk with your canine.
Ideally, you should walk your pup at night with a friend or companion so you aren’t alone, but of course that’s not always feasible. In those cases, always make sure you at least have a cellphone for backup in case of an emergency.
Finally a fun one!
Glow in the dark balls and fetch toys are a great way to have fun and play with your dog in the dark.
One very popular glow-in-the-dark dog toy is the Chuckit! Max Glow Ball. The Chuckit! ball glows in the dark and whistles in the air when thrown, giving your dog two ways to find it.
Pro Tip: Use a UV light to charge glow in the dark dog toys more quickly and help them shine brighter! Rather than running inside every few minutes to charge it, grab a UV LED flashlight which you can bring outside and use to continuously charge the glow in the dark toy.
Do you have any other tips for how to stay safe and have fun with your canine at night? Share your tips in the comments!
Meg Marrs is the Founder and Senior Editor at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!