Although New Yorkers walk almost everywhere, there are often times when you have to take either public transportation or a taxi. We bring our pups almost everywhere with us, so we are always looking for dog-friendly transportation.
Catching a yellow cab with your pup is hit or miss. Usually, they let you and your pup in without a problem. The good news is, if that yellow cab won't take you, there is always one that will. You just have to be patient. The only time we tend to have a wait is on the Taxi Line outside of Penn Station. Other than that, it's not too hard to find someone who will take you.
Uber, Lyft & Gett
Since these drivers use their own cars, we always call out of courtesy to let the driver know we have small pups with us. Sometimes, the drivers say no. Usually, they do not care at all and end up thanking us for calling them in advance at all.
Long Island Rail Road
The Long Island Rail Road only allows service dogs or dogs "properly confined for shipment." However, we take the Long Island Rail Road almost every week with our pups and they have never given us a problem. We try to choose train times that aren't during rush hour, that way we can ensure getting our own seat and not bother anyone with our pups.
Taking your dog on the subway may be a bit scary the first time. We prefer to avoid rush-hour, as the crowds may make your dog anxious, especially if you are not able to hold him/her. If you do not hold your dog when in the subway, be sure to whip their paws after the trip.
Your dog should be well-behaved and as quiet as possible in all of these situations. If possible, you should hold your dog on your lap so he or she doesn't disturb the driver or other passengers. Always try to walk your dog before traveling so he or she doesn't feel uncomfortable or have an accident.