Dogs Trust

Wellbeing on those Winter Walkies

It’s that time of year again, the nights are getting longer, and the weather is getting colder and wetter. But, as a dog lover, you know that walkies don’t stop for winter. So, whether you’re preparing for next year’s 99k for Canines challenge or just having your usual potter with your pooch, here are some tips to keep you safe and seen when you’re out and about in the darker, colder months.

  • Be visible – choose hi-vis, or fluorescent, clothing for humans in daylight, and something reflective after dark. Reflective leads, light-up collars and lights that attach to harnesses are all available for your doggie pal too, so they can be seen by cars or other walkers.
  • Take a torch – they can be super handy for seeing what’s ahead on dark days as well as at night.
  • Stick to familiar paths in the dark – if you can’t see what’s there, don’t step there.
  • Stay warm – your dog might need a cosy coat if they’re older, smaller or have thinner hair, just make sure it’s a good fit and they are comfortable wearing it!
  • Don’t take chances with traffic – drivers can’t see you as well in low winter sun or during longer nights, even if you can see them.
  • Watch out for wildlife – give wintering birds the space and peace they need to forage.

We have lots of other useful advice for dog owners on our website, such as teaching your dog to walk nicely on a lead or building confidence outdoors. Visit our Advice for Owners section for more information!