3 Tips for Commuting with Your Dog
Numerous studies show taking a dog along to work can greatly reduce your stress. Having your dog at the office is one thing, but getting there is another, and it can often be intimidating. Here are some tips to help you commute with a canine.
App-based ride-sharing programs are taking cities by storm, but where does your pet fit in? Most well-known rideshare programs suggest calling your driver before he arrives to ask if you can bring your pup along. Once you get the driver’s OK, keep your dog in a carrier for the duration of the ride, if possible.
Most municipal transit agencies say that dogs who ride trains and buses should be in a carrier at all times. Some cities do not allow dogs to ride the buses and trains during peak hours, so check with your local agency before leaving home. If you do take your dog on the train without a carrier, make sure she’s leashed and sitting or standing very close to you.
Your own car
Lots of dogs get excited at the mere phrase “car ride,” and there are a few ways to make the experience even more pleasant. Keep the car well ventilated, and make sure your dog travels on an empty stomach to avoid car sickness. If your pup is a little skittish about doing a ride-along, get him used to the car in small increments by having him sit in the vehicle while it’s parked at home.
Should your commute take you and your dog on an airplane (You jet-setter, you!) check out our tips for flying with your furry friend.
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