Driving the open road can be a lonely place at times. It is nice to have a listening ear, to see a smiling face, to have a companion there beside you. Who better than man’s best friend? Whether a dog, cat (or otherwise!), consider these points before bringing your pet along on a long drive.
Does the company allow pets?
There are many major companies that allow pets to travel in-cab on long hauls, and of course, ones that do not. It is best to check with the company you are driving to ensure a pet is allowed to travel with you. If you are able, be sure to know the rules and pet deposit amounts required. A recently updated list of pet-friendly companies is available at truckingtruth.com.
How will your pet act?
Some thoughts to consider when bringing a pet into a small space for prolonged periods of time: the size of the animal, amount of obedience, and bathroom/exercise needs. Most companies who accept pets use a size limit and/or a breed exclusion list. Keeping this in mind, if your dog or cat is accepted as a traveling companion, look at its ability to obey boundaries. The animal needs to understand that the driver’s area is not a place to hang out.
What will your pet require of you and your shared space?
Remember, a pet needs a water source and food, which are two more things that take up space. Another consideration is the animal’s exercise and bathroom needs. For example, older dogs can have weak bladders. Unless you have a litter-trained dog, you will need to stop for a potty break whenever he/she needs it so as to prevent accidents. It is recommended to stop and walk a dog every 2-3 hours. Of course, cats are a different story, but ensuring a clean litter box that is readily available is a must, and a scratching board is a wise investment. Always remember to bring restraints and perhaps a crate for stops.
Varying from state to state, most companies require paperwork that serves as a “pet passport”. Your pet will need to visit a USDA- accredited veterinarian to receive a health certificate before hitting the road. Be prepared with copies of the paperwork to provide to entities such as the state.
If you’re interested in joining the trucking world, but still don’t have your CDL, contact us today to learn about your training options. We’re ready to help you, and your pet, get on the road to a successful career. Happy trails and happy tails!