As many city dwellers know, travelling in London with a dog can be pretty challenging. That said, it can also be equally fun and exciting with many locations increasingly opening their doors to pooches. When properly equipped your day will go much smoother.
Our friend Amelia, a Cavelier Kings Charles loves to get out and about in the City and we are delighted that she has joined #teamteddy as part of the squad! She's been road testing our Pink Signature Print Carrier on the escalators of Selfridges and we're pleased to say it passed the style and comfort test with flying colours! Amelia's blogger Mum Eva loves the side pocket too, perfect for not only dog treats but keys & cards too!
Take a look at our top tips for dog friendly travel on public transport, whether country hound or city slicker.
1. National Rail state that passengers may take with them, free of charge a maximum of two dogs per passenger provided they do not endanger or inconvenience passengers or staff. Just ensure that your dog doesn't occupy a seat, otherwise a charge may be made. And keep a lead on at all times. The same goes for most bus services.
2. Consider a Dog Carrier - enjoy going hands free and keep those little paws safe. Dogs must be carried on the Underground escalators. Small dogs will love being cosied up inside and it will also help them feel safe and secure if they aren't familiar with the sounds and smells of the Underground, the bus or even a taxi. Take a look at our range HERE
3. If your dog is too heavy to carry then plan out your journey using TFL's journey planner to find tube stations which have stairs. Select the 'access options' of the search dialogue and ticking the ‘Use stairs, not escalators’ box.
4. Water - check the weather before you go out. It often gets surprisingly hot on trains, especially on the tube. Remember to take plenty of water and consider other travel options if it's looking like being a scorcher! You may also like to think about travelling early morning or later in the evening once it's cooled down.
5. To avoid any embarrassing accidents, especially for young pups, ensure they've had a good walk before starting the journey. Not only will it allow them plenty of opportunity to relieve themselves before, the routine will help them feel more settled.
6. Not something we've personally tried but many recommend natural supplements/tablets or sprays for dogs who are particularly anxious or get travel sick. Motion sickness can be caused by a few factors and young dogs may experience this condition more frequently because their equilibrium needs to develop a bit more as they mature. Your vet can advise on the best remedies for ongoing concerns.
7. Plan out an awesome dog friendly day!! With so many great places catering for you and your pooch it would be rude not to. Sniff out a pooch friendly afternoon tea at The Egerton House Hotel which has been getting attention from some very discerning pooches recently. You can read the latest reviews from @ameliathecav and @spaniellife here.