Hi my dog pals,
As I am sure you are aware, I am a very well traveled little dog and have had several lovely train journeys. However, if your humans are new to taking you on this form of transport, George Moss, a professional freelance writer has sent me this article to share with you!
Taking your dog on the train can be a bit of an ordeal as you need to think about the wellbeing of your little companion as well as other passengers. Still, whether you need to undertake a crucial train trip with your dog in tow or you’re trying to save the planet on your daily commute, there’re a few tips you can utilise to make the whole process that little bit easier for everyone.
But what are these tips? Is traveling with your dog on a train as easy as it sounds, or is this event doomed to be disastrous forever? Well, there’s only one way to find out!
Therefore, here’s how to travel with your dog by train.
The Right Train
Some trains welcome dogs, others have outright banned them. Without getting into which rules are justified and which others aren’t, it’s down to you to accept the situation and go from there. Consequently, you need to do your research and find out which trains will accommodate you and your best buddy!
For example, ThamesLink will take you both to where you need to go, accepting dogs and eliminating a lot of the fuss that comes with travelling with one – being allowed onto a train in the first place. Ensure there’s no shocking surprises or refusal of service on the day of travel by getting on the right train, and things will, obviously, go a lot smoother for you!
Hygiene and Behaviour
Make sure that your dog is clean and its paws, too. It’s advised to go for a little walk before the train but make sure they’re all clean and ready for travel before you hop aboard the train.
If your dog is also prone to getting up to mischief, perhaps bring along their favourite chew toy. This will keep them busy, quiet and occupied, and make them less likely to chew the seats and tables if your pup is committed to wreaking havoc at times or tends to get bored on train journeys. Don’t forget a little treat if they behave well!
Clear the Aisles
You probably know that trains have very tight walkaways. There’s generally room for a single file line as people form an orderly queue to get to their seats. When rush-hour is striking, frankly, it can be stressful for you and your little companion to fit in small spaces. Consequently, you should do your best to keep you and your dog clear of that walkway that runs through the centre of the carriages. If your dog is small, taking it on your lap will help it feeling calm and reassured and if it’s bigger, make a little space for it in between your feet for a few strokes and to avoid taking too much space.
Consider avoiding rush-hour trips all together to avoid passengers accidentally walking on little paws and so on, plus you could get super off peak tickets and have a more relaxed journey. If the time you travel isn’t something you can control, perhaps consider standing with your dog in a more open area near, for example, the toilet areas or the compartment areas between carriages. This will give you and your dog some room, while also allowing people to pass you by easily (and perhaps stop for a pat or two). Be aware of the space you’re both taking up, adjust and make room accordingly to accommodate to the wellbeing of your four-legged friend and other passengers.