Taking an Uber ride with pets means you need to do a little extra preparation, but it doesn’t have to mean a ruff ride (sorry) for you or your driver. There are ways to make sure your ride is a dog friendly Uber ride. To help with your ride get you familiar with Uber’s dog policy, we’ve put together a list of top tips for anyone travelling with a furry friend in tow.
Let the Driver Know Ahead of Time
If you plan to take a ride with your dog, it’s good practice to send a pickup note to your driver to let them know you’ll be travelling with an animal. And be specific: it’s not enough to say, “I’m travelling with Spot.” After all, humans can have strange names, too.
Be sure to let them know the size and breed of the animal you’re travelling with. Our Uber service animal policy states that service animals are always allowed to travel with their companions. However, bringing a pet or an emotional support animal in an Uber ride is up to the discretion of individual drivers.
It’s amazing what people can train their dogs to do these days – but trust us, riding alone is not one of them. Whilst you can bring them along for the ride, there is no Uber dog transport service. As much as you love your dog, they can’t make small talk, they’re terrible with the aux cord and they just want to hang their heads out the window the entire time. Even if you’re dropping your dog off with a trusted family member or friend, you’re responsible for them as the owner and should travel with them from A to B.
And anything else you think you might need during the journey, for that matter. Your driver might have a spare blanket in the back, but it’s always best to come prepared to make your pets in an Uber as comfortable as possible. Your driver almost certainly won’t have a pet carrier to hand. Make sure you’ve got a leash for getting your furry friend in and out of the car safely, and it’s a good idea to take something to clean up any stray hairs with, too.
Dogs Means Dogs
We’re sure your exotic snake is a sweetheart, but they make people nervous. If you’re riding with a pet, make sure you only travel with animals that are categorized as domestic pets, such as dogs, cats, rabbits and fish. Sure, you can take a cat in an Uber ride, but we’re afraid it’s a no to your pet ostrich, even if they can fit their head out of the sunroof.
It also helps to give your driver some information about your animal ahead of time, such as the size and breed, so they can make sure there’s adequate room in the car.
Follow our advice and your Uber ride will be a walk in the park. Wait – don’t say that out loud!