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    Default Walking in the dark off leash

    I am very intrigued by what occurs in these winter walks. We leave the house around 5.30am in winter this means pitch black.
    Its all off leash in winter for us at the moment. So the dogs have a free walk. I do my walk, at my pace, the keep up (ish)
    We seem to leave and return at the same time. But my dogs are independant of me more, in the dark. they seem to be different dogs slightly.
    Firstly, they seem a lot smarter, as they can see. I have a 6" beam of torch light. So seeing them, is impossible, but i can hear them.
    Im learning to identify what dog is what, by their sounds. Its awesome!

    When you tune in to the noise your dogs make, through various gaits, speeds, terrains etc.
    anyone else ever noticed this stuff when walking dogs in the dark?

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    I really only walk my boy in the dark, by the time I've had dinner usually it's cooled down a fair bit. The few times I have taken him walking during the day he seems a bit more calm, at night he's jumping on every 2nd moth he comes across. Unfortunately I live in a sardine can suburb so off-leash is too risky, but there is definitely a difference in his walking between day and night.

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    I avoid walking my dog in the dark because I do worry about losing her. Even though I will allow her to wander off and out of sight in certain areas that we know we'll and are safe during the day. We usually walk at 7.30am. Good time for chasing rabbits in winter...

    Occasionally in summer I will go for a quick bike ride with her in the dark when it has cooled down after a hot day. It's a bit of a treat for her, but she tends to stay closer. And there's no pitch black where we live really.

    When we go camping we do regularly walk in the dark. Or they just run through the scrub while we sit by the fire. It's been a while, but I vaguely remember it being fun hearing them in the dark. I usually only take one dog, sometimes there's friends with dogs...

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    Bernie

    You need some of this kit.

    One lady down the park has the rainbow glow in the dark ball. It's quite tough and there's an on/off switch that doesn't get turned off when the dog picks it up. Might have to train dog not to munch on it the way mine does.

    And the site also sells glow in the dark dog collars. I've got a pendant light for mine but a glow all the way round the neck collar would be better.

    FlashDog is Australias Leading supplier of Quality LED Glow Dog Collars and Toys

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    Glow collars are neat, I made my own and even on the lowest brightness it's extremely visible in the dark. He wasn't so excited about being the guinea pig though


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    We have glow in dark balls, frisbee's, already.
    the collar would not last a second here lol

    Today, i heard low grumbles of the rottie, pissed at one of the other dogs for some reason? That generally means, she has something, the others are curious, and she's threatening them to stay off. Sounds like a bitch, behaves like a bitch, is a bitch.
    Sure enough, with my trusty 6" beam of light, can see she's rolling on some rotten carcass of a roo. Filthy bitch. I could then hear her prancing around the other dogs, showing off a shin bone. And growling at same time "dont even think about taking it", i could hear Brian crying, pleading for a toe at least. Nah, he got none.
    I turned the torch off, and made her swim the lake home for a bath. -2 lesson. But she loves the lake all year round.

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    When I walk my dogs off leash in the dark I am likely to have 100 of my sheep gathered and delivered to me. The dogs know I cant see them in the dark and they take full advantage, so I tend to avoid it when possible.

    The glow collars would work well because they seem to know when I actually know where they are compared to when I am calling to them and have no idea where they are. The minute they know I know their behaviour changes, little buggers.

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    When I walk my dogs off leash in the dark I am likely to have 100 of my sheep gathered and delivered to me.
    Oh that made me giggle...

    Trouble with farm dogs - they have a go at training you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Oh that made me giggle...

    Trouble with farm dogs - they have a go at training you...
    Yes at every opportunity. Very smart dogs all of them.

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