Top Tips For Taking Your Dog On Public Transport
A lot of dog owners don’t realise dogs are allowed on many different forms of public transport. Dogs are permitted to travel on public transport in most cases as long as they don’t jeopardize the safety of other passengers. However, there are some restrictions in place depending on where you are travelling and what type of transport you are using.
Don’t take your dog on public transport if you can’t keep them under control. They need to be well behaved to listen to your commands and travel without bothering other passengers.
According to National Rail you can take up to two dogs per person on their trains for free. However, be aware that ‘Byelaw 16 allows the train company to refuse carriage or entry to any animal. If your dog or other animal causes a nuisance or inconvenience to other passengers you may be asked to remove it from the train or railway premises by the Train Company or Rail Service Company staff.’ (National Rail)
Here are our top tips for taking your dog on public transport:
Check to see whether the trains and buses on your route accept dogs before you set off. For example, dogs are allowed on the London underground but they need to be carried up the escalators and in some places need to be muzzled.
Make sure your dog has been to the toilet before travelling.
Ideally, take them for a good walk before going on public transport, they are likely to be more relaxed and less likely to have any accidents.
If your dog does have an accident make sure you clean it up.
Avoid travelling at rush hour and particularly busy times as this may make your dog stressed.
Don’t allow lots of people to fuss over your dog on public transport. A lot of buses and trains are cramped and your dog may get overwhelmed if lots of people try to stroke them.
Always carry fresh water with you so your dog doesn’t get dehydrated. Travel water bottles and bowls for dogs are very handy.
Keep your dog on a lead at all times.
Do not let your dog sit on the seats.
Be aware of other passengers around you, don’t let your dog go up to them and invade their space. Not everyone loves dogs!
If someone is not happy with your dog being close to them move to another part of the bus or train where possible.
If your dog isn’t good with other dogs and will cause a big scene if another dog is on board then it’s probably best to avoid public transport altogether. It will cause too much stress for both you and your dog.
You may want to purchase some calming products for your dog that they can have before and during travel.
Don’t force your dog to travel for too long without breaks. Plan your journey so that you have time to take a break from travelling.
Make sure your dog doesn’t get too hot on public transport, avoid travelling on particularly hot days.
Be courteous and wash your dog before travelling. Don’t take a muddy, smelly dog on public transport as this is unfair on other passengers.
Here is some information about taking your dog on National Rail.