Can I take my pet in a taxi? It’s a question we have heard a lot. The answer is not very difficult, though we need to answer it in two parts.
What most taxi services allow
Most taxi providers do not allow their passengers to take dogs, or any other pet for that matter, with them. This is done because they could cause damage to the inside of the car or they might not provide a safe situation for the taxi driver to drive (i.e. allergies and such). Especially with the bigger taxi companies you’ll see that it is the standard to not allow pets in a taxi.
What HexPets allows
You might have guessed it by coming to this website and you are right, HexPets allows dogs to join you in the taxi. As long as your pet is of reasonable size (if your pet is of medium/large size, please call us before you book), we are able to take it with us in the taxi. It makes no difference whether you have a dog, cat, bird or turtle, all pets are welcome.
To ensure your journey goes as smoothly as possible we would like to advise you on the following points so your furry friend travels as safe as possible with us.
How to train your dog to go in the car
We know that travelling in a car can be stressful for your pet, especially if they’re not used to it. The best thing to do is to slowly introduce them to the car to get them used to it. You can even train this at home.
* Start by walking your dog to the car with the engine off, now turn the engine on. Once he or she is relaxed, give it a treat to reward his or her behaviour.
* Now take your pet and guide it into the car, check again if they are comfortable and calm. Feel free to reward your friend again for good behaviour!
* Strap your dog in the harness or cage they go in and start to drive with your car. It’s time to take your pet on their first journey. Keep this ride very short, 5 to 10 minutes max. Keep an eye on your pet to see if they are not getting too stressful, but drive safe.
* When your pet is used to this, you can start to increase the time of the journeys you take your pet. Feel free to reward whenever you see good behaviour.
* From here, happy driving!
* Train your pet to wait calmly before being asked to jump out of the car every time. This is important as it could be dangerous if he or she jumped out into a road with traffic.
* Don’t feed your pet within two hours of starting a long car journey to avoid car sickness
* Pack a favourite toy or blanket to give your pet a sense of familiarity
* Don’t allow your pet to ride with its head hanging out of the window, as it’s potentially dangerous and can cause injury
And now it is up to you. Pick the place that you want to discover with your pet, book your journey and let the adventure begin!