Can You Take Your Dog With You In An Uber?

Sometimes we need to take our dogs with us, whether that be on a trip to the veterinarian’s office or going over to a friend’s house for a doggy playdate. But if you don’t have a car, or your car is temporarily out of commission, you may be wondering if you could call an Uber for you and your canine companion.

The answer to this is…

It depends.

First of all, by law (both federal and state) and also per Uber’s own internal policies, dogs who are service animals are absolutely permitted to accompany Uber riders at any time. That is great news if your dog is a service animal.

But what if your dog is not in the service category?

You may not be out of luck here but it depends on your driver. If you call an Uber and you have a dog with you that is not a service animal, it’s up to the driver to choose whether he or she will allow your dog in the car.

Here’s what to do: As soon as the driver has accepted your request for a ride, contact them through the Uber app to send a text message or call your driver and let them know you have a dog. 

You’ll want to put your dog in a carrier if at all possible or bring a blanket to cover the seat if a carrier is not an option. Some drivers carry a seat covering in their trunks for customers who have dogs. 

If you have contracted for an uberPOOL ride, unless you are traveling with a service animal, you may not take your dog with you.

Happy riding!

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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