Top Tips for Darker Dog Walks

As the dark winter nights draw in getting outdoors can be more of a challenge. While we humans might want to curl up indoors, it’s important to get outside and exercise our four-legged friends.

Although 78% of owners believe dogs should be walked twice a day, 57% admit to skipping walks each week. Cold temperatures, dark nights and traffic concerns are some of the considerations that come into play as winter approaches. But with the right gear you and your dog will be ready to tackle winter together.

Stay Seen

The Beacon is a dog-tested safety light that attaches to the light loop on most Ruffwear harnesses and jackets, it can also attach to your own clothes for added visibility.

For low light conditions choose a lead and harness with in-built reflectivity, such as the Slackline lead and Front Range Harness.

Stay Warm 

The popular Ruffwear Overcoat is a waterproof, fleece-lined jacket with reflective trim. The Overcoat can be worn over any Ruffwear Harness thanks to the handy leash portal on the back. On drier days add extra warmth by adding a Fernie underneath your Ruffwear harness. This technical knit also features a reflective trim and light loop for The Beacon. In snow and ice conditions Summit Trex dog boots provide essential paw protection, not only from the cold, but also from the snow melt chemicals found in grit which can be harmful to dogs.

Get Out There

Don’t delay, get outside as soon as you get home and you won’t regret it!


How do you keep your dogs active as the nights draw in?

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