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FIDO IN THE METRO: GUIDELINES AND TIPS

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) announced a pilot project to allow leashed dogs in its subway system starting October 15, 2022.

The nine-month project was developed in response to the Montreal SPCA’s “Fido in the Metro” campaign. Last year, nearly 18,000 people signed our petition, and their efforts paid off!

Montreal will join the long list of large cities, such as Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Calgary and Toronto, where dogs on a leash are welcome on public transportation.

No special ticket will be required; dogs will travel free of charge. The pilot project will be limited to the metro for the time being. Leashed dogs will therefore not be allowed on buses.
People accompanied by their dogs will have to abide by the following guidelines:

— Travel is limited to off-peak hours from Monday to Friday (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m.) as well as on weekends and holidays. Dogs will not be allowed when major events occur (details on the STM website)

— Dogs are required to wear a muzzle throughout the trip, from the moment they enter the metro station

— Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times (maximum length of 1.25 m)

— Any “mess” that the animal might make must be picked up

— Dogs are not allowed on seats or benches

— No more than one dog may accompany each person

— The STM also strongly recommends avoiding the front car of the train, which is the preferred car for schools, daycare centres, people with functional limitations and bicycles.

— The use of escalators is also discouraged, as they can cause injury to dogs. You will still be able to travel on the STM network with your animal companion in a carrier or a bag intended for this use, according to the existing terms and conditions.

— For those who wish to travel with their dogs, the STM posted tips on its website that were developed in collaboration with the Montreal SPCA.

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Here are three additional tips and tools to help you travel safely with your dog:

 
  1. Basket muzzle: Since muzzles are mandatory in the metro, the Montreal SPCA strongly recommends the use of a basket muzzle, which will allow your dog to breathe, drink and take the treats you give them.

  2. Canine language: Interpreting canine body language allows us to understand our dog’s signs of discomfort and to adjust our interactions to ensure their well-being and avoid any incidents. Find out more here.

  3. Getting comfortable with the muzzle: To prevent the muzzle from being a source of discomfort or stress for your animal companion, it is important to get them comfortable with it. This way, your dog will be happy to wear it and will come to you when it’s time to put it on. Here is a video (available in French only) and an article outlining 10 steps to get your dog used to the muzzle.

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