The dreaded mosquitoes are finally dying off, no thanks to the crisp and cool Fall air making its appearance! It’s no wonder with the risk of EEE and West Nile floating around Massachusetts in high numbers this year, those early morning and evening walks with your pup in tow, were put on hold. The good news is, you will be able to resume your pre-summer routine in Saugus in no time.

Evening walks now pose different safety risks – darkness and predators. How are you keeping yourself and your dog safe when out for that nightly stroll?

Tips for Keeping Yourself and Your Dog Safe:

  • Do you have those air pods in your ears and your favorite playlist on full blast? With the crazy MA drivers and other people/dogs walking their dogs, it’s best to keep the volume at a level where you can hear your surroundings when needed.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing!
  • Walk with a partner or friend to keep yourself safe in case of an emergency.
  • Stay in well-lit areas around town.
  • Keep your dog on a 4-6-foot leash to maintain control at all times. Flexi or retractable leashes can lead to a disaster quickly, especially if you are unable to get your dog back to you.
  • Reflective gear is NOT just for humans. Owners will be able to find reflective jackets, vests, harnesses, collars, and leashes on the market for evening strolls.
  • Keep your dog on your left away from busy streets.

Keeping Coyotes Away:

  1. Keep your distance if you see one. Do not turn your back and run away!
  2. Carry pepper spray.
  3. Pick up your dog’s poop!
  4. Make yourself appear much bigger than the coyote. Intimidation will help.
  5. Toss rocks or branches in their direction.
  6. Carry a mini air horn.

How do you keep you and your dog safe while out for an evening walk? Have you ever run into a coyote?