Not all companies allow pets, but luckily, some allow truckers bring their furry friends.
Much like an apartment complex, these trucking companies often require a pet deposit, which can range anywhere from $100-$500. Their policies may also restrict the weight of your pet.
No matter how tempted you are to take your pet on the road, don’t ever just assume that your trucking company or customers are okay with it.
Make sure you know a site’s policy before you arrive.
Military bases, electric plants, and anywhere with hazardous materials and high security will NOT allow you to bring a pet on-site.
Truck drivers who bring pets along say they enjoy having company on the road. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone to keep up with trucking news and listen to trucker radio shows with.
Considering adding a pet to your trucker lifestyle? Here are some things to consider, and a list of the best dogs for truckers.
Introducing a Pet to the Trucker Lifestyle
Benefits of Traveling with a Pet
Most truck drivers who bring their pets will tell you that the benefits of trucking with a pet greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
Pets can help truck drivers combat loneliness and overcome negative aspects of the trucking lifestyle.
For instance, bringing a dog forces truck drivers to get out and go for walks, helping maintain wellness on the road and increasing energy and attention while driving.
Dogs may also motivate you to take more breaks, which is especially important for summer trucking.
Plus, animals are more alert to certain situations, and offer a level of protection on the road.
How to Travel with a Pet
If you choose to bring a pet, keep current shot/medical records with you in case of an inspection.
Also, consider bringing baby wipes to clean your pet and eliminate smell when you aren’t able to give your pet a bath.
Pack puppy pads for emergencies, pet food, and treats.
Most truckers who bring pets trucking have dogs. The best dogs for truckers are older dogs because they are calmer and able to stay still for longer periods of time. Puppies have too much energy and need to be let out much more often.
If you’re looking for an older dog companion, check out your local Humane Society or animal shelter.
In terms of breed, some of the best dogs for truckers include:
1. Toy Breeds
Toy breeds, like chihuahuas, require little grooming. Plus, they’re so small that truck stops and motels probably won’t care if they’re around.
Bulldogs don’t shed much and are also low maintenance. They don’t require much exercise and like to lounge around all day.
Pitbulls are great companions. They’re considered one of the best dogs for truckers because they can offer safety and protection. They’re pretty active though, so you’ll have to get outside with them a couple times a day.
Keeping up with Policy
Again, it’s important to know the rules, stay updated with the latest trucking news regarding pets, and understand that each company is different.
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