Night Time Dog Walking – Everything You Need

We would all love to have daylight hours to walk our dogs, but life has a tendency to get in the way. More often than not you might be rugging up in your winter warmest to take your dog out for his regular night time walk. And if you live in part of the world where the sun has set by 5pm, this might be a very common occurrence. Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about night time dog walking.

Fortunately, the clever inventors of the world have somehow seen you there walking in the dark with your pup and come up with some bright ideas to illuminate your life.

We are not suggesting a roadworker’s high-vis vest and a miner’s helmet, although if you can rock that look then of course go for it. But if you are less confident in your neon clothing choices, you might like something from our shopping list below.

Ten tips for safe night time dog walking

  1. Even if your dog is awesome at staying close by when he is off lead, it is really best to keep him on the lead for any night walking. Dogs can get skittish when a person or noise comes out of nowhere at them, and there are all sorts of nocturnal animals that they would love to chase, so it’s best to keep them attached.
  2. Avoid busy roads if possible and always walk on footpaths, or where the cars can clearly see you. If you have to walk on the road, walk facing the direction the cars are coming from. It feels a bit more unnerving, but it makes it much easier for you to see them and them to see you.
  3. Dress brightly; this goes for both you and your dog. You don’t need to look like roadworkers but consider some bright or white accents. Don’t go head to toe in black.
  4. Make sure that you dress for the weather and consider how your dog might be feeling as well. If you need a coat, it is likely he would like one too.
  5. Consider adding a light, one each for you and your dog. This allows you to be seen, but you can also light up your own path where it gets a bit dark.
  6. Walk the same route each night. This will get your dog familiar with it and likely to stay on it or find his way home if he runs off.
  7. Don’t wear headphones on your walk; it is far safer if you can hear what is going on around you and anything that may endanger you or startle your dog.
  8. Carry your phone. We do tend to do this without thinking these days, but not only can you check the football scores if you want to, you also have a built-in light, GPS, possible tracker for your dog, and hey, even a phone for emergencies should you need it.
  9. If you are considering a GPS dog tracker for the best safety at night, be sure to check out our article here.
  10. If there really are no safe places to walk your dog at night, and no way you can get to do it earlier, consider a dog walking service to make sure your pup gets the essential exercise he needs.

Gear for you

Any sports or camping store will have everything you need to gear yourself up for dog walking, such as warm bright clothing and headtorches.

For all of your dog’s needs, check out the great products below.

Reflective leash

As we said above, ALWAYS use a leash when you are night walking. An even better tip would be to use one that is either super-reflective or that even lights up on its own power. For some of the better products in this range, see the items below.

Pawtitas Reflective Dog Leash

Features
  • Good strong dog leash
  • Reflective
  • Available in a wide variety of colours

Check out the Pawtitas Reflective Dog Leash here


LaRoo Flashing LED Dog Leash

Features
  • Up to five hours LED light
  • Rechargeable USB lithium battery
  • Waterproof
  • Strong and comfortable dog lead
  • 2 light/flash settings

Check out the LaRoo Flashing LED Dog Leash here


ZeWoo Rechargeable Safety Collar and Leash

Features
  • Handy collar and leash all in one
  • USB LED rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Available in different colours and sizes
  • 3 light/flash settings

Check out the ZeWoo Rechargeable Safety Collar and Leash here


Coats

A coat for your dog for night walking is less about being a fashion statement and more about keeping him safe. The best coats will be warm, waterproof and super-reflective, as well as well-fitting on your dog and comfortable to wear.

Make sure that you buy the right coat for your climate, not just the one that you think looks the cutest. Check out the following coats we love:

Go Walk Coat

Features
  • Reflective coat
  • Variety of colours
  • Variety of sizes

Check out the Go Walk Coat


Danish Design Dog Coat

Features
  • Reflective coat
  • Variety of colours
  • Variety of sizes
  • Fleece coat

Check out the Danish Design Dog Coat


Muddy Paws Stormguard Coat

Features
  • Reflective coat
  • Variety of colours
  • Variety of sizes
  • Fleece coat

Check out the Muddy Paws Stormguard Coat here


Vivaglory Adjustable Reflective Lifesaver

Features
  • Reflective coat
  • Lifesaver and preserver, but can be used for walking as well
  • Variety of colours
  • Variety of sizes

Check out the Vivaglory Adjustable Reflective Lifesaver here

Light up collars

Lighting up your dog’s collar comes in three different concepts, either a collar or harness that is merely reflective, one that lights up on its own power, or a light which can clip to your dog’s usual collar.

When you are looking for a product, make sure that it will fit your dog, and he will submit to wearing it. It also helps if the battery lasts as long as your walk and is rechargeable so you don’t have to keep going out and buying new ones. Ideally you don’t want to be left in the dark mid walk.

Some of the most popular items include:

PetSol Ultra Bright Rechargeable Safety Collar

Features
  • Variety of colour choices
  • Can be cut to perfectly fit your dog
  • Rechargeable lithium battery
  • 3 different light/flash modes
  • Easy to clean and waterproof

Check out the PetSol Ultra Bright Rechargeable Safety Collar here


Illumiseen LED Dog Collar

Night Time Dog Walking glow collar

Features
  • Made from regular collar material, your dog can wear this one all the time if you like
  • Different sizes and colours available
  • Can be adjusted to fit
  • Rechargeable LED through USB
  • Charge lasts five hours walk time
  • 2 flash settings

Check out the Illumiseen LED Dog Collar here


Morpilot Waterproof Clip-On Light

Features
  • Clips on to dog’s collar
  • A very strong light can be seen a long distance away
  • Available in 6 colours
  • Waterproof
  • Four flash settings
  • Uses batteries that will need to be replaced

Check out the Morpilot Waterproof Clip-On lights here


Julius K9 Powerharness

Night Time Dog Walking Harness

Features
  • Reflective harness
  • Variety of colours
  • Variety of sizes
  • Strong and reliable brand

Check out the Julius K9 Powerharness here


Noxgear LightHound Illuminated and Reflective Vest

Features
  • Strong dog harness
  • Lights up in 8 different colours
  • Reflective and rechargeable LED light
  • 12 hours power
  • Waterproof and washable

Check out the Noxgear LightHound Illuminated and Reflective Vest here


Other cool night dog walking stuff

The Woofer

This is a reflective dog coat, but with a very special difference; it has its own speakers! As it is not really safe to walk your dog with headphones in, using this coat you still can get your tunes on while walking at night (or anytime).

This could also be a nifty way to find him if he has wandered a little. It is probably not for night swimming however, as you tuck your iPhone into a pocket on the jacket.

Warm, bright and reflective, as well as musical, this coat is very cool. Each coat is handmade and a portion of the sales goes to dog charities.

Check out www.thewoofer.com

Kong Handipod

This is a nifty product for use when you are taking your dog out and about, for picking up poo. The Handipod holds fresh poo bags, and also a hand sanitiser. The model comes with an interchangeable torch as well.

Check out the Kong Handipod here

Chuckit! Max Glow

These glow in the dark balls make night-time fetch fun but be sure to use them safely. It is best if these are on your own property or within a safe dog park.

Check out the Chuckit! Max Glow here

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