Public transport for assistance dogs in 200 words

Verdict: mixed but it has not stopped me so far!

Advice : you are the expert on what you need – so don’t be afraid to tell people what will make things easier and they will often surprise you.

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Boats and Ferries 🐾🐾🐾🐾  4.5 out of 5 paws – staff usually friendly, larger vessels will have plenty of space for furry partners to rest in comfort.

bus 🐾🐾🐾- some have large disabled spaces. But if not be prepared to be in the way. Big dogs don’t fit under the seats!

Trains🐾🐾- 2 out of 5. Pot luck- booking extra leg room ( small dog) or  token disabled space is only possible if you can plan ahead otherwise negotiating with fellow passengers already in position is usually left to you and can be traumatising. However there are heart warming exceptions.

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Underground🐾🐾🐾🐾. Four paws- although still much ancient creaking infrastructure rolling maintenance programmes show increased provision for travelers requiring assistance. Easy to use app to check for lift availability beforehand. 🎉🎉Special commendation for fellow passengers who often play twister around Angus during the rush hour to protect him from being squashed! We travel on the back standing seats as this is the biggest space and least in the way.

…. bet you didn’t think I could do this!

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The new London Route Master- great views from here but a bit tricky to get out!

 

 

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