Dogs on trains - Germany

Muzzle required to take a dog on a train

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Nicole
Can you bring them on the train and do you have to pay for them/buy them a seat??
Neil373
Here´s what bahn.de has to say:

Für entgeltpflichtige Hunde werden die gleichen Fahrpreise wie für zahlungspflichtige Kinder erhoben. Diese Regelung gilt sowohl für den Normalpreis als auch für die Sparpreise.

- Die Mitnahme von kleinen Hunden (bis zur Größe einer Hauskatze) im Transportbehälter ist unentgeltlich.

- Größere Hunde müssen angeleint sein und einen geeigneten Maulkorb tragen (Ausnahme: Blindenführhunde).

- Bei internationalen Reisen ist für Hunde grundsätzlich der Kinderfahrpreis 2. Klasse zu zahlen.

- Für NachtZug-Verbindungen gelten besondere Bedingungen.

- Für Hunde können keine Sitzplatz-Reservierungen getätigt werden.

But please remind your dog that smoking is only permitted in designated smoking carriages !
Nicole
Thanks for that.
nails
Has anyone had any first hand experience with bringing their dogs on regional trains? I'm planning on bring my vizsla on the train from Muenchen to Freilassing tomorrow. He's 20 kilos, so not a "small" dog. I have never used a muzzle on him, nor would there be any need for it. On the other hand, I would rather not get kicked off the train for not having a muzzle for my dog. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
sandyks
I think bahn.de is quite clear in stating the requirement to wear a muzzle. If I were you I'd try my luck without the muzzle but I would take one with me, just in case the schaffner comes and demands that you put it on your dog. Otherwise, if the schaffner is in a bad mood, then you're you might have problems.
Darkknight
Save yourself the hassle and the worrying. Just get a muzzle, put it on the dog and obey the rules of carriage on DB trains.
sarabyrd
I think bahn.de is quite clear in stating the requirement to wear a muzzle. If I were you I'd try my luck without the muzzle but I would take one with me, just in case the schaffner comes and demands that you put it on your dog. Otherwise, if the schaffner is in a bad mood, then you're you might have problems.
Alternatively, put it on the Schaffner.
SmittyBoy
I have never used a muzzle on him, nor would there be any need for it.
A dear, another Dr. Dolittle!

I guess you can 'hear' your dogs thoughts.
MadAxeMurderer
Muzzles are very stressful for a dog, and often unnecessary.

We might just as well say all Americans should be handcuffed on a train in case they're carrying guns.
Darkknight
And how stressful would a lawsuit be if by chance your dog bit somebody? What if that somebody were a little kid?
How stressful would it be then?
SmittyBoy
Unmuzzled dogs are stressful for humans.

The rest of your reply is too idiotic for words.
westvan
nor would there be any need for it.
That's what everyone says until something happens. Your dog is going to be in confined space surrounded by strangers. Deutsche Bahn makes these rules for a reason.
Small Town Boy
The muzzle is as much for the peace of mind of other passengers as it is to actually prevent an attack. You may be convinced that your dog is harmless but other people have no idea, and a lot of people simply don't like dogs. Nonetheless, if your dog hasn't been on a train before, then the truth is that you don't know how it will react.
Timmeh
I've never muzzled my pooch on any public transport and she's traveled far and wide with me without a single comment from any DB/BVG/MVG worker. Out of the dozens and dozens of national/regional train trips that I've taken, I've only been asked once for her ticket which I, of course, didn't have. Just bought one for her then and there and that was the end of that. My advice is to not worry about the muzzle, or the ticket.
Timmeh
And how stressful would a lawsuit be if by chance your dog bit somebody? What if that somebody were a little kid?
How stressful would it be then?
Probably about the same stress level, or possibly lower, than when your child punched someone who then filed a lawsuit against you.
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