Doggies LOVE their evening walks — in all types of weather, dusk or pitch dark. However, as the seasons change so do the ways to insure a safe and happy stroll. Cooler weather and fewer daylight hours certainly won’t deter doggie from having the time of his life, but the new environment may require a few adjustments.
Doggies know the schedule and ready or not, when it’s time to go, it is time to go! You can see it in their eyes. Your summer walks may have been a great time to enjoy the beautiful Colorado sunsets, but as fall moves in and daylight savings time disappears, sunlight will be replaced by moonlight or in some instances, street lights or no light at all. Visibility will be an issue and it is imperative that you and doggie will need to see and be seen.
A reflective or lighted collar and leash or harness is a must to alert others of your presence and to maintain control of your pal. Even the best behaved and most command responsive dogs can be lured away by another animal or strange sound, especially when they are surprised in the dark. A leash will remove this concern.
A good, dependable flashlight to increase your field of vision is another must-have. A nighttime walk will no doubt offer doggie many new and exciting wonders to explore. But piles of crunchy leaves and twigs, a smorgasbord of wild mushrooms that can be highly toxic, unexpected sidewalk cracks, and possible ice can cause injury.
Sticking to your regular route will lessen the chance of surprises. You and your dog are already familiar with the twists and turns of the terrain and the urge to explore will not be as strong as it would be with a new trail. Reserve the adventure hike for daylight hours or better yet — sign up for an outing with us at Hike Doggie.
Last but not least, cooler weather may necessitate the addition of a coat or sweater, especially for smaller breeds. Watch for temperature-related shivering and be aware that if a dog is pausing to lick his feet, it may indicate that his toes are packed with snow or ice.
Watch for signs that your dog is trying to tell you something.
Every season brings with it new experiences and that’s what makes life exciting! And as you already know: no one loves “exciting” more than our doggie friends!!