Französische Bulldogge mit reflektierendem Hundegeschirr und LED Anhänger

Walking in the Dark - Can dogs see in the dark?

Murielle Bolli

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer - as darkness falls, the risk for us and our four-legged companions increases.

In this blog post you will learn how you and your dog can effectively protect yourself from possible dangers so that you can travel carefree even in the dark. This makes walking the dog in the dark child's play.

We will also clarify basic questions at the end of this article.

How you and your dog can safely master the darkness

Below we will explain 5 points that are important and that you should pay attention to.

1. Reflective equipment

One of the most important measures to increase visibility is the use of reflective equipment. There are a variety of reflective dog harnesses , leashes and clothing items for both you and your dog. These ensure that you are easily visible even in dim light.

French Bulldog with reflective dog harness

2. Use light sources

Carry a flashlight or use a headlamp when walking your dog in the dark to light your path . This is not only to avoid obstacles, but also to be seen by others .

Some dog collars have LED lights, which not only look stylish but also improve the animal's visibility. With us you will find LED pendants that can be attached to the collar or dog harness.

Dog lighting pendant LED

3. Train your dog – even in the dark

Make sure your dog is well-trained and listens to your commands , especially in the dark. This is important in order to have it under control in difficult situations. Practice basic commands like “Here” even in low light conditions.

4. Choose safe routes

Planning is crucial. Choose well-lit routes and avoid unknown, potentially dangerous areas.

5. Emergency preparation

Always carry your cell phone with you and make sure it is charged. If something unexpected happens, you have the opportunity to quickly call for help .

Conclusion for walking the dog in the dark

The darkness brings its own challenges, but with the right preparation and equipment, you can navigate the night safely together.

By using reflective gear , using light sources and choosing safe routes , you create a safe environment for you and your faithful companion. Stay alert, enjoy your walks and make sure that you can be seen clearly even in the dark.

Frequently asked questions about walking dogs in the dark

We'll answer some questions you might have in advance.

Can dogs see in the dark?

The question “ Do dogs see in the dark? ” can be answered with yes. They can see well, especially at dusk. So dogs can see at night, but not in great detail.

How do dogs see at night?

Dogs have a reflective layer behind the retina known as the tapetum lucidum. This layer helps amplify existing light, improving your ability to see in low light conditions.

How well do dogs see in the dark?

Because of the special anatomy of their eyes, dogs can see better in the dark than in the light. They have a higher number of rods, larger pupils and that so-called tapetum lucidum, a reflective layer.