Going on a Night Walk? Follow These Safety Tips
As the days are short during the winter months, it is likely already going to be dark once you return home from work. While there may not be any rays of sunshine left, your pup still needs to get out for exercise and for potty breaks. Here are some helpful tips to reduce Canine Liability and to ensure a safe outdoor night trek.
Light Them Up
Battery-operated collars equipped with lights can help your dog see better at night and also to be seen by others. Especially if you plan on letting your dog play off leash, this is a critical safety tool. Another fun tip: get glow in the dark LED lighted toys such as balls and discs to play with your pup at night.
As some dogs don’t enjoy the heat, nighttime is the best time to get in a walk or run. While doing so, be sure to have reflective gear for both you and your dog, and remember that it’s best to find a safe jogging path rather than running on the side of the road, says Dogster.
Hit the Dog Park
This is a safe alternative to an open field or beach as it is enclosed. Most city dwellers are allowed 24 hour access to their local park, or they are at least open late and always well-lit.
Solid Command Call
If you decide to take your pup to the beach or the park at night, ensure they have a solid command call that they respond to 100 percent of the time. This way, you can rely on him to come to you if he goes out of sight. If you are not secure in your dog’s command call vigilance, try using a 15-20 foot leash to give him some running and smelling room.
Take a friend or neighbor along with you at night. This is safer for you and more fun for your dog if he has a playmate.
By following these simple steps, your dog’s safety and well-being will be maximized. Further, the more secure your pet is, the less likely they are to react out of fear or to protect his owner.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.