Tips For Keeping Your Dog Safe During Walks

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dog-snowWith the shift to cold, winter weather, afternoon walks with your dog become more alike evening walks, because the sun sets earlier. Going for a walk at night time is different than day walking, and there are additional things to pay attention to. Nighttime the cold weather create a number of safety dangers for both you and your dog. There are several things that you should start to do.

1. Always walk on the left-hand side of the street, facing oncoming traffic.

2. Keep your dog on your left side, away from traffic. It may be more difficult for drivers to see a knee-high dog than a person on the side of the road.

3. Use sidewalks whenever they are available. This is basic pedestrian safety – if there are sidewalks, you should use them.

4. Keep your dog on a leash. You never know what you might come across on your walks. In this way, you will have control if he tries to dart into traffic, chase a cat, or make a new friend.

5. Be sure your dog has identification. If your dog should happen to get away from you, you want to get him back.

6. Be considerate and pack a plastic bag or two to clean up after your dog on your walk.

7. Bring a flashlight. This is very important in night walks. Having flashlight can come in handy if your walk goes a little longer than planned and also in cases when you have to pick up after your dog.

8. Wear reflective clothing. The light at dawn and dusk makes it the most difficult to see. Consider a neon collar and leash for your dog, to make it easier for drivers to see you.

On walking

As humans, we need to be walking — intentionally — every day, and it is also very important for dogs to get their exercise. There’s plenty of days when you’ll feel too busy or unmotivated, especially when it is cold outside. If you walk the same path every day, it’s no wonder you’re bored. If you walk on concrete every time, same thing.
Walking used to be about traveling. You’d walk to new places, see new things, and explore. Often, you’d be scavenging for food or water. Maybe you should try to adopt that mindset. Start on your normal path and then take a random detour. Be willing to get lost. Be willing to get wet. Be willing to walk through fields and forests.
When you’re exploring, all five senses are honed in on the land in front of you. Cherish that, it doesn’t happen often these days. And with your dog by your side, you’ll be sure you’re in good company.
Lace up those shoes grab a flashlight and a leash and get walking.

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Lenka Laskova

Lenka usually spends her time reading and writing. She loves animals and nature. In spare time, she translates poetry.