I understand you may have to pull over and vacuum your car but beyond that those dogs are trained well. Drivers other option is to carry a aheet or blanket and put it down on the seats. The only other issue I see is if your allergic to dogs but unfortunately its part of the job. You know when you sign up that there is the possibility of getting a passenger with a service animal. Stop being a jerk! Whatever you do dont complain the whole ride about the dog. How would you feel if you were treated this way or a family member? So rude and inconsiderate!
We are required to take these rides. However we are not required to transport pets or "emotional support animals". True service dogs are trained very well and will not cause any issues in your car (other than some hair) which is easily taken care of. Be a decent human being. You should be suspended with 1st offense and deactivated if you continue to cancel.
They can smell on rainy days unfortunately.
So can passengers on non rainy days:) Thats what air freshner is for. I have more smelly riders than animals. Last night 4 rides were alcohol smell, 5 riders who took a bath in cologne & perfume (all different scents), 2 riders who worked a tattoo convention who smoked weed before they got in (gotta love that skunk smell), and good ole cigarette odor. I'd rather my car smell like a dog. Lol In the 2 years I've been driving had 2 legit service dogs (one did leave hair) lint brush works great.. I've had a very sick cat, a kitten, 5 dogs who were just pets. No issues with any of them. I can honestly say humans smell more than the animals:)
Off subject a little. Can anyone tell me when you smell that skunk smell from people who just smoked weed, does the weed taste like it smells? Back in my day if weed smelled like skunk it was "skunk weed" and it was crappy weed. As a driver when you pick up riders from bars, no matter what bar it may be dont you think they all have that same smell. I pick up from multiple bars once a week those pax all have that same "bar smell":)
Fair enough. Some people can definitely smell.
Not sure if it’s (BO’s) the same kind that lingers though. Wet dog hair has a distinct smell that doesn’t go away easily.
No idea on your skunk and marijuana comment. Sorry!
If you need to get rid of an Odor (any odor) although not sure about real skunks try Blunt Effects. I havent found an odor yet it cant get rid of. When I used to smoke in my car 3/5 min before picking up a rider I would use that spray. Never got caught never got complaints from riders in over 2100 rides. Its sold in cig shops, some gas stations, and walmart has a version of it back in the car section. Just be careful it is very oily.
Why don't you carry a sheet ,its your dog !!! U expect a driver with asthma to take a dog because its a service dog ???
The woman in the article, linked, stated she does carry a small travel tarp for her service dog to sit on, & said the dog sits in the footwell of the car under her legs, on that, for the duration of the ride. Besides, allergies & asthma are primarily triggered by pet dander, not fur, & service dogs are washed very regularly. Carrying a tarp, sheet, or blanket may be difficult for some people with mobility issues - that doesn't detract from the driver's obligation to pick them up as is company policy.
It's the same as me forgetting my reusable bags to the grocery store, which happens every time. Bleh.
Service dogs are the all-stars of domestic animals. Amazingly well trained. Unfortunately there has been a proliferation lately of "emotional support animals" which are not trained at all in most cases and I think that has given all service animals a bad name. (Wrongly)
I agree. They are very well trained and behaved. I think a lot of drivers dont realize that they dont have to take a passenger with an emotional support animal. Emotional support animals are rarely trained and dont have that special vest. Regardless they shoukdnt be declining or cancelling on riders with legit service animals. Its so not right. Worse case scenario you need less than 5 min to get hair up and a squirt of air freshner:)