When heading out at night, it's important to remember a few simple things that can help to keep both you and your dog safe. Take a look at these top tips...
Keep control of your dog and don't let him off lead unless you are in a safe, well-lit area.
Consider wearing high visibility clothing so you can be easily seen by motorists.
A reflective collar and lead or a high visibility coat/flashing collar will also increase your dog's visibility in the dark.
Work out a winter dog walking route which includes both pavements and street lighting.
If there's no pavement, walk against the flow of the traffic and keep your dog on the side furthest from the road.
Carry a torch as it will help you to be seen.
If possible, take your dog in the car to a place where you can walk away from the road; many parks and sports fields have lighting but always check that dogs are allowed.
Walking in groups is safer than on your own.
Take your mobile phone with you and let someone know where you're headed.
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