How to Walk your Dog Safely During the Winter

England is home to some beautiful countryside and a few pretty impressive parks, which makes walking our canine friends a true pleasure. However, hazards exist both on the road and tucked away in more rural areas. Christopher Cederskog, European General Manager at Rover.com, gives his top tips on how to keep your dog safe on their walks.

 

Dress smart

Reflective coats are a staple piece of clothing to have in your dog’s wardrobe during the winter months. They are double-duty, keeping them warm and visible on your nighttime walk. Consider investing in a reflective lead, as the bright colours are guaranteed to keep your dog visible under streetlights.

Know where you’re walking

dogIt’s best to stick to familiar routes when walking your dog at night. There’s no good time for a dog to get lost, but it’s especially dangerous in unfamiliar territory in the dark. Walking on familiar, main streets won’t only prevent you from getting lost in the dark, it will also help prevent run-ins with other creatures who may be prowling the streets at night. Be mindful not to wear headphones when waking your dog as it is important to stay alert to your surroundings.

Use a lead

Leading your furry friends is crucial, particularly when walking in the dark. A good tip is to try using a front clip harness if your dog has a tendency of pulling on his lead. Dog collars and harnesses that clip on the back actually promote more pulling.

Keep your phone on you

Make sure to take a charged phone with you. Save down phone numbers for your local non-emergency police, emergency veterinarian and a taxi service, in case of an emergency. Smartphones also have many features that could prove to be a useful addition to your walk. Things such as: built-in flashlights, navigational tools and pet apps, could all come in handy!

Make sure they’re tagged!

Every time you leave the house with your dog ensure that they’re wearing ID tags. Dogs become excitable during their daily outings, and there will be incidents out of your control that could result in your dog getting lost. This is why it is essential to be prepared by making sure your dog is wearing tags that are up to date. And since collars can break or be wriggled out of it may sometimes be worth enquiring about getting a microchip.