When you head out for a long DoorDash shift and notice your dog is silently pleading with you not to leave him or her alone, you might be tempted to bring Fido along for the day. Even if your dog enjoys riding in the car and is well-behaved, it’s important to consider whether it’s a good idea to have a dog with you while delivering for DoorDash.
In this article, we will talk about whether you can bring your dog with you while DoorDashing and what you should consider before doing so.
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Can You DoorDash With Your Dog in the Car?
There is no specific DoorDash rule regarding bringing a pet along with you in the car while you are delivering. This is considered a gray area, so it’s important to use your best judgment and make the best personal decision for you and your dog.
Because you are technically an independent contractor when you drive for DoorDash, they have very little control over how you do your job as long you get your deliveries done in a timely and safe manner. Who and what you bring in the car with you while you deliver is up to you.
What Do I Need To Know Before Bringing My Dog With Me To DoorDash?
You know your dog best. You know if he or she is good in the car and well-behaved enough to stay in their own space while you are delivering. Even if you would love to have your dog with you to keep you company and make sure they don’t get lonely at home, make sure you consider their behavior and personality before making this decision.
Here are some things to consider before having your dog ride shotgun during your DoorDash delivery shifts?
Can you trust your dog around food?
Most of the time you will be delivering food items to people, so you need to make sure your dog is not going to try to get into the food while you are driving. This can create an unsafe situation if you need to try to reprimand or restrain your dog from getting into food containers while you are driving.
You will most likely be delivering a few orders at a time, and you’ll have to leave your dog alone in the car with the rest of the food when you make each delivery.
If you can’t keep your dog in a separate area in your car, it’s important to know that you can trust him or her not to beg for the food or try to eat it.
Is your dog clean and a minimal shedder?
A car is not a big space for your dog to share with you and your delivery items. No customer wants to receive their food with dog slobber or a big tuft of dog hair on it, even if they are dog lovers themselves.
For this reason, you want to make sure you can provide a sanitary delivery experience for your customers. Make sure your dog is clean and recently brushed to minimize their shedding and prevent pet dander from getting anywhere near the food you’re delivering.
To successfully have your dog with you and maintain a clean space, it’s best if you have a car where your dog can stay in a separate seat or in the back open area of an SUV. This will help them have plenty of space to be comfortable and keep them away from the food.
Is your dog well-behaved?
If you’re going to DoorDash with your dog, it’s important to know that some customers will be put off by the fact that you have a dog in the car. Not everyone is a dog lover and you need to be prepared for the possibility that seeing a dog in the car will not be a welcome sight for everyone.
To give yourself the best chance at getting your furry copilot to successfully ride shotgun during your DoorDash deliver shifts, you want to make sure you’re only bringing along a well-behaved dog.
If your dog frequently barks, growls, acts aggressively, or is overly anxious, you may want to consider leaving him at home. Any scenarios like this could lead to an unpleasant confrontation with a customer, complaints about your service, or worse.
Does My Dog Need To Be A Service Dog To DoorDash With Me?
Bringing your service dog with you to work driving for DoorDash is a bit different than just bringing your pet dog with you. Your dog doesn’t need to be a designated service dog to DoorDash with you.
Although both regular pets and service dogs are technically allowed because there is no specific DoorDash policy regarding pets, service dogs are generally more accepted as delivery companions. Customers tend to view service dogs much more favorably because they understand their importance and they are usually very well-behaved.
Service dogs are so important because of the incredible work they do to help people manage a whole host of conditions. If you need a service dog to keep you safe, healthy, and comfortable, you are absolutely allowed to bring your service dog along with you while you drive for DoorDash.
Can I Bring My Dog If I Work For Other Food Delivery Services?
You know that you can most likely bring a well-behaved dog with you while you DoorDash as long as you can keep them calm and separate from the food. How do the other major delivery services stack up on this topic?
The good news is that UberEats, GrubHub, and DoorDash are basically on the same page when it comes to delivering with a dog in tow.
Service dogs and pets are allowed to ride with delivery drivers due to the fact that all drivers are independent contractors. So long as you fulfill your obligations to deliver, it doesn’t matter what two-legged or four-legged friends you have in the car with you.
Can You DoorDash With Your Kid in the Car?
Food delivery is an attractive part-time (or even full-time) job option for many single parents or parents who stay home with their children. Because you are an independent contractor, it’s up to you who you bring in the car with you. You can bring your kids along often or just in a pinch when you can’t get a sitter.
DoorDashing with kids is definitely allowed but just as you’d have to take specific preparations to bring a dog along, there are even more considerations to bring your kids with you while you deliver.
If your kids are very young, you would need to make sure you have another adult with you to either wait in the car with your kids or run the food up to the door at your deliveries for you. If your kids are a little bit older and can stay with you while you make a delivery, this is another option too.
You can bring your dog with you while you drive for DoorDash, Ubet Eats, Grubhub and several other delivery services.
Because you have independent contractor status with these services, they really can’t tell you who you can or can’t bring in the car with you while you deliver food for them. As long as you do your job and get food delivered, you can have your dog with you.
You may want to consider taking extra measures to make sure you, your dog, and your car appear clean and neat so that customers feel comfortable taking their food from you. As long as your dog is well-behaved and friendly, you shouldn’t have any issues.