(Closed) Would YOU walk your dog after dark?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 62
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I do not walk my dog in the dark. He’s a HUGE wuss and no one would find his 13lbs threatening. I live in a really nice neighborhhod, the whole town is really nice. But there are no street lights and if someone ever tried to take me then most likely no one would be around to see it happen. If I watch American horror Store on FX like I did last night I’m too creeped out to even let him outside at midnight to do his business haha. Though, on rare occassions my Fiance wants to walk then I don’t mind going after dark. I’ve tried walking at night by myself but it makes me feel like I should carry my gun, so I just chose the daytime walks instead.

Post # 63
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m kind of surprised so many people do not walk alone at night, let alone walk their dog at night.  I am aware there are risks, but it seems so normal to me to walk at night; I guess it’s just what I’m used to.  I share a car with my husband so often times I am walking in the evening after it gets dark, home from the gym.  It’s my means of getting around and I’m not willing to stay home or depend on him for rides due to the risk.

We are adopting a dog on Sunday (a 70-lb pit bull mix) and I plan to walk him at night alone frequently.  I don’t know if it matters but I live in a relatively safe residential section of Philadelphia (however I sometimes walk through areas that are less safe).  Some posters commented that a dog may or may not protect you in the event of an attack, however I think that often times any dog, especially a large one, is more of a attack-preventor than an actual protector.

Post # 64
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@roxy821: Ya, my dog gets stir crazy if I don’t walk him. In the summer when it stays lighter longer he walks like 12 miles a week. In the darker months I try to walk him right after work, which is hard if I hit traffic. On the nights I don’t walk him, I stand in the back yard and let him chase a red laser around, HE LOVES IT! I think it’s his favorite thing to do. He goes crazy running back and forth chasing that thing. I think he thinks its some sort of animal.

Post # 65
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t really have a choice.  I walk her at 6AM when it is dark now and I walk her when I get home from work at 730 which is also dark now….  With daylight savings it is going to be really dark at 5-6PM sooooo if my dog is going to get any exercise it is going to have to be in the dark.

I’m not afraid of walking in the dark BUT I’m getting really tired of that “I just walked through a spider web feeling”.  Ugh,  it is almost everyday at this point.

Post # 66
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we’ve lived in 3 urban neighborhoods with a dog and i’ve always walked him at night–usually just a really short walk so he can pee one last time before bed. if it’s really late usually hubby will go but sometimes he’s out of town. there are always people around so it doesn’t feel unsafe, and where we are now, near a college, campus security is often on patrol. growing up in a college town too i often walked my family’s dog at night. i understand being smart and keeping safe, but i also personally cannot live in fear all the time.

Post # 67
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I walk our lab mix after dark all the time and have never felt unsafe.

Also – the fact that she is a lab mix doesn’t play into this at all.  I would be completely comfortable walking a tiny froo-froo dog after dark too.

Post # 68
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

My dog only gets walked 3x per week. We play with him and wrestle with him daily, though, so he does get his excercise. He doesn’t “go nuts” even when it has rained all week and he hasn’t gotten a walk at all. I gets his 4x a day potty breaks (or more if he lets us know he needs another go), and he’s quite content with that. He’s about 55 pounds, so it’s strange to most people that we keep him in a tiny apartment all day. but he isn’t destructive and frankly, he only wants to be outside if we are.

Post # 69
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t (this was a conversation between my fiance at the time and I) and I lived in a really nice area at the time. I’m very cautious of criminal activity especially after being a victim. I would have told my cousin to mind her business(maybe not that nice) LOL and just let the dog go for a tinkle. you are doing the right thing by NOT going alone.

Post # 70
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would and I have.  My husband and I have two dogs, an English Bulldog that weighs around 70 pounds and a Black Russian Terrier (Atticus) that weighs around 120 pounds.  We don’t have off-street parking where we live, so I have stopped outside of our townhouse, picked up Atticus and taken him with me so he could walk home with me in the dark.  He is a sweetie, but he is huge.  People always comment on his size, and I have always felt safe when I am walking him, no matter the time.

Post # 71
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Sugar bee

I don’t like to walk at night but I always felt more comfortable when with a dog. My grandma used to go for nightly walks with a (super friendly but large) husky. She lived 2 blocks away from the projects in what was not considered to be a particuarly nice area and liked to walk the dog toward the woods at the end of her street. She never had a problem and I would frequently go with her when visiting. When behind the leash, I never doubted that the dog would protect me. Without a dog, I’m afraid of the dark but must admit I walk frequently after dark in the city as it gets dark rather early in winter!

Post # 72
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

not alone no.

Our street has street lights, and merges with a street with street lights, but the far end (the route I like to take) of our street has none & backs onto woodland (not greenspace city folks, but real deal wild forest) — the MNR has posted warneings about predators at night- namely wolves.

Sorry, but I am in no way inclined to become some four-legged carnivores dinner just because guilt is telling me to walk our 50lbs dog alone. yeahno. not going to happen.

However, if my neighbour calls up and says he wants to take his three giagantic slavering hounds for a walk want to come? I am there.

Post # 73
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I won’t walk my dog at night. Mu husband does.

Post # 74
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I walk him at night but that’s just because FH works nights often and it gets dark here by 5 in the winter.  There’s no way he’d be “done” by then. We have a fenced in yard, but I’m of the mindset nothing beats a walk.. especially not long before bed…

I get scared sometimes. Especially since I walk him on the back alley next to the cemetary.. and it’s DARK! LOL … but.. he’s 94 lbs and VERY protective of me and has a menacing bark if someone is shadey and coming near me. People generally avoid us:)

Post # 75
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t know if it’s the same thing, but I walk/jog with my two dogs every morning around 5am (before the sun’s up).  I don’t feel safe going alone, especially after knowing there’s been early morning break-ins in our neighborhood recently.   They’re XL dogs and I feel much better knowing they’re with me (even though I doubt my great dane even knows how to defend me…)

Post # 76
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If we didn’t walk our dogs in the dark, they’d never get walked in the winter, lol!  Most of the neighborhoods in my town don’t have street lights, so we just take a flashlight.  Of course, we’re more worried about coyotes and bears than muggers, so we just talk loudly and make a lot of noise.  I’ve never had an issue walking our dogs alone, like this.

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