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Hook Up with A Headlamp
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. A flashlight is a good substitute for a headlamp. Either way, cleaning up after your pup in the dark will be easier if you can see the poo!
Walk smart (and take a familiar route)
In addition to gearing up against the weather and dark, it’s important to use caution and common sense when walking your dog at night. You don’t need to be afraid, just cautious. Cars, joggers, cyclists, and other dog walkers may not be paying attention, and can startle your dog at night.
Carry your phone
This is plain common sense: your phone may be a lifesaver in case of emergency. Be sure to keep it charged, and save the phone numbers for your local non-emergency police, emergency veterinarian, and a taxi service just in case, or ensure quick access to a ride-sharing service via an app. In addition to being a safety necessity, your smartphone may have several features to improve your nighttime walk: a built-in flashlight to use as a backup light source and navigational tools to help you map your route in the dark. Just don’t get caught up checking your social media pages or email and distract yourself from your surroundings.
Do NOT wear headphones
This goes with being aware of your surroundings when walking your dog at night. If you are wearing headphones, you won’t hear someone walking up behind you, or a car that may be out of control. Just enjoy the peacefulness of the night air.
Walking your dog at night doesn’t have to be scary. With a familiar route and the right accessories, your evening outing can be a walk in the park. Watch this safety tip video from Safety Pup for walking your dog at night.
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Source: https://www.rover.com/blog/how-to-safely-walk-dog-at-night/ and https://www.k9ofmine.com/dog-walking-at-night/ and https://www.rescuedogs101.com/top-5-tools-safe-walking-dog-night/ and https://www.longanimal.com/blog/safety-first-walking-your-dog-at-night/