Trial begins to allow dogs on trains in Auckland

If you find it tough getting your pet around town, a solution could be here.

A trial has just begun in Auckland allowing our furry friends to travel on trains, but owners will be kept on a tight leash.

Auckland councillor Cathy Casey says the trial to allow pets on public transport has been "a long time coming".

"It's taken a year for us to get the trial."

The trial was a success in Wellington and now pets will be allowed on trains, at off-peak times, if they are contained in a crate or bag.

"When you have no access, this is a real step forward," Casey told The AM Show.

"If you have an animal and you have to take it to the vet, the only means are in a taxi, or in a car. There are 103,000 registered dogs in Auckland and it's a way of getting your dog to an access area, a beach, a park, it's been a long time coming."

Casey hopes the trial will help to normalise pets in public spaces in Auckland.

"In Europe, dogs and pets are everywhere in the restaurant, bus and ferry."

Dog owners will need to keep their pet contained, and clean up after it - if need be.