(Closed) Would YOU walk your dog after dark?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Yes, we walk our dogs at night when we have to (like in the winter when it gets dark so early). Our neighborhood is very safe and my husband and I always go together. The only thing I worry about in the dark is that there’s going to be a rabbit that I don’t see that my younger boy will try to take off after (we’re still working on perfect leash manners).

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I prefer to walk during the day, but I will walk at night on occasion. During this summer it was just waay too hot to walk before 8:30 or 9:00 at night, so we would walk in the dark, but luckily, I have 3 boys with big barks. Most people in our apartment complex knew us, and my dogs knew them so it wasn’t a problem, but if anyone didn’t seem right, they’d make sure to let them know that I wasn’t to be messed with.

In our house, walking the dogs has been a great way for me to meet my neighbors. And since I’m home alone 3 days a week, it’s great for the neighbors to see that I have dogs who don’t mess around just in case someone gets a crazy idea.

Post # 49
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It gets dark here at 4pm in the winter so yes I do. And sometimes it won’t be light till 9am.

Post # 50
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used to walk my dog at night, but I would talk on the phone to someone. I was in a relatively nice neighborhood, but my friends would yell at me constantly for it. Now I walk during the day, when I get a chance.

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

FH and I go on long walks in the late evening when he’s not working, we call it “walking our imaginary dog”.

Every so often I’ll go for a walk or a run in the evening myself, but I always wish that we had a real dog.

When we get a dog, it will be a big one (white shepherd or lab/shep mix), and I look forward to walking after dark with confidence.

Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have a hound who has to have his 1-hr walks 2x a day, so I have to walk him after dark. It’s not too bad. I live in a fairly urban area. He is generally a very friendly dog to humans, but being that he’s a hound/cur mix he looks a little scary which I have found keeps the folks who usually would leer and whistle far, far away. I carry a knife for if anything were to get weird.

I think that if it’s getting mugged you’re worried about, then depending on the area, yea you might be watching too many crime dramas. Those chances aren’t nonexistent but they are fairly low compared to getting hit by a car –that’s the real danger after daylight hours.

Post # 53
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I walk my dog in the dark every morning and often in the dark in the evening too (but that is usually DH’s job because I do the mornings). With Canadian winters I don’t know how you DON’T walk your dog in the dark!?!?!?!

For the last few weeks it has been dark every morning when I walk him and soon it will be dark fairly early in the morning too!

I always bring my phone when it’s dark but I can’t say I have ever felt unsafe walking him – especially with all the other people out and about walking their dogs as well!

Post # 54
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Walking the dog at night does not bother me. I used to live in a townhome development in a not-awesome neighborhood and I walked my dog every night before bed and was never concerned about it honestly. Now we live in a much nicer neighborhood but I don’t typically have to walk my dog after dark because we can let him out in the back yard (so I usually just walk him in the afternoon). Two nights ago I wanted to take him for a walk before bed though because I’d sprayed some poison on the lawn and I didn’t want him out there yet and my husband freaked out! He thought I was insane and he stood in the garage waiting for me so he could.. I dunno? Come running if I yelled? lol. 

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I love my neighborhood. This is actually a requirement for me. I must feel safe walking my dog at 3am. And I do. Sometimes the little girl has to go potty in the middle of the night just like the rest of us. My Fiance takes her, too, but I have no qualms, safety related, about walking my dog any time. …now those mosquitoes keep me inside!

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@borowske: I’ve heard that it’s actually not a good idea to be on the phone if you walk alone at night, since you’re less attentive than if you weren’t. Of course I’ve done it too because you feel less alone, but it actually can be distracting.

 

@MsJeep23: Maybe in your area mugging isn’t common… in larger cities it is. I live next to my (very large) college, and muggings are actually common. Not every day common, but every single time they happen it’s a female walking alone at night. I bet the reason they don’t happen even more is because most girls know not to do that (at least around here where it’s a terrible idea). And there was a murder (stabbed) on a nearby street, and a non-fatal stabbing on the same street within the last year or so.

@Ivorybuttons: I would feel completely comfortable walking in the dark with my Fiance. Most attackers wouldn’t go for someone that’s not alone, especially when you’re with a guy.

ETA: My college isn’t the safest college ever but it’s far from the least safe, I suppose it’s average. Just checked, 25 rapes on campus in the last 3 years- and that’s only on campus, not counting surrounding neighborhoods.

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@galloway111: I live just outside of Washington DC. It’s a fairly large city. But my neighborhood does not typically experience muggings. Other areas near here do (it’s my understanding that they are more common near colleges as well, but I oculd be wrong).

My point is that you have to read the local crime reports and judge from there as to the relative safety of your area, and what the real risks are. Sometimes it is more likely that you will be assaulted or mugged, as in your area. Sometimes cars are the bigger danger (whether you are a driver or pedestrian), as in mine. It’s important to educate yourself and take precautions based on that knowledge.

 

 

Post # 58
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am amazed at how many people do not walk their dogs at night. What do you do with them? Don’t they go crazy if they skip their walk? Where I live from the end of October until the end of April it is very dark at 4pm. I couldn’t skip walks for 6 months. Because of this Darling Husband and I bought neighborhood. And while I know it isn’t the safest to walk at night by myself I don’t have much of an option. My dogs wear reflective vests for cars and we walk every night for at least an hour when I get home from work.

What does everyone who doesn’t walk their dog at night due to exercise them? Just curious is anyone has better ideas than walking in the dark.

 

Post # 59
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Buzzing bee

I only walk our dog after dark when Darling Husband isn’t home. We have an unspoken rule that he walks the dog during the night. Although we live in a pretty safe townhome complex, we both feel most comfortable with this arrangement. Our 30 lb beagle would rather make friends on his walk than hurt anyone. 

Today is one of those nights that Darling Husband is working late so I’ll have to walk the doggie after dark… 

Post # 60
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Sugar bee

We live in a pedestrian college town – a lot of people in town don’t have a car in town so there are always a lot of people walking around – so while I usually walk the dogs with my husband I haven’t worreid about walking them by myself, though one of them is a pitbull mix.

Post # 61
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ll throw in my 2 cents!

I only walk my Lola in the AM, Darling Husband walks her at night.  Both of those walks are pretty quick and we only actually walk her then so we know she did her business.  Otherwise on the weekends and in the “evening” when we get home from work she plays in the yard.  We just like to know she goes before bed and before we leave for work.

That said, I DO NOT LIKE walking her at night.  I live in a middleclass neighborhood with a low crime rate in the midwest, however it is DARK (no street lamps) and creepy.  Along with people I worry about animals (racoons etc) since my little Lola is only 15 lbs!  Oddly enough, when we lived in Boston I was totally comofrtable walking her at night because of all the street lights!

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