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This week (October 1 through October 7) is National Walk Your Dog Week!  National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige, to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in America. Walk Your Dog Week aims to improve the health and well being of America’s dogs and sends the message to unchain your dogs!

glowing dog leashSince Fall is officially in full swing and daylight savings time is fast approaching, we thought it might be helpful to a few moments talking about safety while walking your pets at night.  This comes in handy when thinking about the upcoming Halloween holiday as well!  

Visibility is the key:  You need to be visible to others and others need to be seen by you.  Walking in lit areas where there are sidewalks and streetlights is not always possible, so make sure to avoid wearing dark colored clothing.  

Clothing and Light Reflection: Light colored clothing is more reflective and will stand out more at night when there is reduced light.  You might also consider purchasing some reflective gear for your jacket (i.e. reflective arm bands made for runners) and a maybe a reflective attachment for your pet’s collar and/or leash.  

Don’t forget the leash:  Having your pet on a leash helps to protect you, your pet and others by helping to maintaining control.  You can bring a pet close to your side when cars or other walkers are oncoming, and allow some additional room for when the area is safer.  Flexi-leads are not encouraged for night walks as they are more likely to become entangled (around people and objects) and can inflict serious harm.  

Bring a flashlight:  In addition to making you more visible to others, a flashlight will help with being able to see the ground and assist with footing on uneven surfaces.  The extra light can also bring your attention to wildlife and other animals that might be around in the evening hours so you can avoid unwanted encounters.  

Keeping these four simple things in mind this fall and winter can help prevent accidents.  If you would like to share ways you keep safe when walking your pet at night, we would love to hear from you.  You can add comments at our Facebook Page!