You have to move with your dog, but you do not know the regulation of public transport? We will help you understand and plan your trip serenely.
Which dog can take public transport?
From now on and for a short time, all dogs (well almost) are accepted on the urban transport networks: metro, bus, RER. But there are still some rules to respect.
Carriers have defined several “categories” of dogs, small dogs that must travel in a suitable container (bag, basket) of maximum 45 cm in length; all dogs that can not fit in this basket format, are considered large dogs; Guide dogs for the blind or assistance to the disabled.
In certain regions, there are additional categories, as is the case in Paris for example where the working dogs of the Paris Fire Department can also travel.
Some dogs can not even take public transport, they are dogs of the 1st category, also called of attack; some networks also do not support 2nd category dogs said defense: inquire by visiting the website of your transit network.
What are the rules for traveling?
The first is to travel in good standing with your dog. If your dog is a small dog, and he travels in a bag or basket, transportation is free for him. For large dogs, you will have to pay a discounted ticket (do not forget to validate it). Transportation is free for guide or assistance dogs.
The second rule is to be accepted by other travelers. Your dog must in no way interfere with others. If someone shows disapproval, you will have to get off the bus or subway and take the next one.
Small dogs must travel in a closed transport cage imperatively, for large dogs, they will travel leashed and muzzled.
The service dogs must be able to certify their function and therefore be equipped with a harness indicating it, but also supporting documents.
We must anticipate the maximum. Moving in a subway, or even a train or a car is not quite normal for a dog, he has his legs and he prefers to use them to move.
It is, therefore, necessary to accustom and ideally from a young age so that it is not too stressed by this situation, especially if you will use the transport regularly with him.
For his first trips, plan:
. take your time (if ever you have to go down …), and avoid rush hour
. do not eat your dog within 2 hours before to avoid vomiting
. to go to a place that will appreciate: a park for example. Do not give it to the groomer or veterinarian right away!
If your dog shows impatience, trampling or crying, do not coax it! He would then understand that his concern is legitimate. If your dog seems very stressed during these trips, talk to your veterinarian or his assistant who will advise you products based on essential oils or pheromones to soothe your pet.
And when the trip went well, do not forget to congratulate and reward your companion!