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Pets on Public Transport?

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We had a question on our Good Morning Portugal! show yesterday asking how friendly Portuguese public transport/transit is towards pet owners, notably dogs and cats.

Does anyone have any persona experience to share?

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I wonder if anyone has any knowledge or experience regarding service dogs? A family member who we hope will come and visit us in Portugal has a service dog that alerts prior to the person having a seizure (and is also trained to lie down across the person in the case of a seizure, to prevent the prone person from seizing down a flight of stairs, for one example), so a serious condition, but not an obvious visibly-identifiable disability like a blind person with a guide dog. 

I'm not sure, but muzzling might also be an issue for this type of service animal since it might prevent the alerting and recovery behaviors. 

I see in the link Thomas provided (thanks for that!) that there is mention of "assistance dogs" and "accredited assistance dog training establishment" -- if anyone knows more about these details and how they might apply to tourists in PT with such an animal, or has a link to more details, that would be appreciated! 

-Thea

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@sunil I see that kind of service dog is not immediately identified as such, but if the owner carries a certificate stating the situation, that surely will solve any upcomming issues (as the law refers to assistance dogs and not just guide-dogs).

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@antonio_f Thank you for your reply -- you're right, a document or similar for explanation would be a sensible thing to have prepared.

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