Winter Safety Tips for Walking your Dog
With the night’s drawing and the days getting shorter, those enjoyable early morning and evening winter walks with our dogs are taking place in darker and darker conditions. With the failing light there comes the obvious safety concerns to think about, as let’s face it, we can’t see as well! Starting today, we wanted to give you some tips on winter safety when walking your dog.
Tip 1: Head torches are a dog walkers best friend!
A torch is an essential piece of walking kit when walking our dogs in the dark, but it can become quite a nuisance having to hold a torch and your dog’s lead etc. We much prefer using a head torch, the hands free option! It makes life so much easier.
Tip 2: Light up your dog!
If your dog has good recall and is able to enjoy off lead time during your winter walks, we would recommend that you pop a light on their collar or buy a collar that lights up. Its piece of mind knowing where your dog is at all times in the dark and it means you can both enjoy your walk without worrying about where your dog is.
Tip 3: Reflective Gear for you both!
If you enjoy your winter walks in more urban areas with your dog on lead, there will most likely be street lights. Yes, you can see so there isn’t much point in using a torch, but making yourself and your dog be seen by road users is essential. There are so many reflective products on the market these days from coats, vests, to arm bands. It amazing how much of a difference wearing reflective gear makes to how visible you and your dog are.
Tip 4: Instead of walking come and train!
We all know that mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise for our dogs. And a training session is just as good as a walk. It can be quite daunting getting through the winter months walking your dog day in day out in the dark – not to mention when it’s raining, windy and cold! Here at Devon Dogs we have 2 amazing venues, one near Exeter and one near Okehampton. Both have floodlit INDOOR training barns! Our training classes, workshops and camps take place no matter what the weather or how dark it gets!
We always say that variety is key to happiness, so we suggest mixing in some training classes into your week to help you get through this winter with your dog. For events taking place at Devon Dogs, check out our website to see what fun you can have: www.devondogs.co.uk
About the Author: Lauren Langman is responsible for the design and development of all Devon Dogs classes, events and workshops. She competes in Agility at Grade 7, the highest rank of competition in the British agility arena. She regularly competes and wins at top agility events in the UK including Crufts and Olympia, and has represented the UK at World Agility Championship level on many occasions.