Canine To Five: Tips For Commuting With Your Pet And Our Dog-Friendly Train
With many people considering returning to the office full time or part time, Bought By Many wanted to find out what this means for their pets.
In their survey of 2,000 dog owners, almost one in five (19%) say they are planning to take their dogs to work with them and of these people 37% will take their pet on public transport.
That means over 800,000 dogs across the UK could be joining the commute on trains, trams, Tubes and buses.
Although it's fantastic so many pet parents want to include their dog in their lives rather than leave them home alone, 77% of owners in our survey told them public transport does not have the right facilities for pets and many say they're worried about their canine companion feeling anxious or annoying other passengers.
To help these owners have an enjoyable commute they asked dog behavioural expert Oli Juste and Bought By Many's Sarah Dawson, who is a qualified Vet Nurse, for some tips on travelling with a dog.
How to safely commute on public transport with your pet
Check their body language
Look at your dog’s body language to assess how they are feeling; nervous, confident etc. this can help you decide the best approach in helping your dog on the train.
If you feel your dog needs extra space, give them access to a calmer place away from other commuters. Ideally, you want to create a safe space for your dog. Try not to restrict them - if they find a space they are comfortable to sit in, allow them to if the area is safe for them to do so.
Reassure your dog and remain calm
Contrary to popular belief, it is fine to reassure your dog and it will not reinforce the feeling of fear. It is vital that you reassure them to help them settle down.
A big part of socialisation on commutes and public transport is acting in a calm and polite manner throughout the journey – ultimately this has to start with you.
Stay relaxed and try not to get your dog excited. Remember, if you are calm, it will be easier for your dog to mirror you. Try to stay away from high pitch voices and noises where possible as dogs can be sensitive to these.
Give your dog and other dogs space
Puppies and dogs can be playful, but the commute is not a time to play. Some other dogs (and owners!) may be nervous about the journey too and will appreciate you giving them extra space to help adjust.
Reward any positive or relaxed behaviour with treats or attention, use your normal tone of voice as you would in any other circumstance and judge the situation as to whether it is an immediate reward, or one that potentially comes when the journey is complete.
Check out Bought By Many’s article for more tips and to see their design of a dog-friendly train.