Are there Pet Friendly Trucking Companies?

If you’ve contemplated starting a new career by getting your commercial driver’s license and, like most Americans, are a pet owner, you’ve probably asked yourself, “Are there pet friendly trucking companies?” The answer is yes, there are many pet friendly trucking companies, though policies will depend on the carrier. A recent study showed that 60% of truck drivers are pet owners and about 40% of those drivers take their pets with them on the road.

To date, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has not released any specific regulations regarding having animal companions with you. As long as you’re able to drive safely, having a dog or other animal with you on the road is legal. However, the decision to be pet friendly is left up to individual trucking companies.

If driving with a pet is important to you, make sure to check with your employer before you get on the highway because every company has a different policy in place.

Why People Look for Pet Friendly Trucking Companies

It’s no surprise that truck drivers seek out pet friendly trucking companies. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that the mental and physical benefits of owning a pet include decreased blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and cholesterol, as well as increased opportunities for exercise and socialization. 

Pets can also contribute to lower levels of stress and reduced feelings of depression, important factors to consider since truck drivers spend a lot of time alone on the road. Companionship can make long drives easier and ease the difficulties of being away from home for extended periods of time. Having a close relationship with a dog, cat, or other animal can help if you’re having trouble leaving loved ones while out on jobs.

As an added bonus, having a pet can help you stay healthier by forcing you to keep moving. Dogs, especially, need to exercise for at least one hour per day. By taking time out of your schedule to get out of the truck and go for a walk, you’ll keep yourself active, which is crucial since drivers spend so much of the day seated in the same position. You’ll also have to make additional stops for your furry friend to go to the bathroom, and these short breaks help you clear your mind and stay alert when driving long distances.

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Other Things to Consider About Truck Driving with Your Pet

If you’re looking for a trucking company that allows pets, there are a few things you should keep in mind before loading up the cab. 

Some companies have restrictions on the types of animals allowed on the road. Most companies allow only one pet, and limit your choice to either a dog or a cat. Some employers will also have weight maximums and rules prohibiting dogs that are widely considered aggressive breeds.

Generally, dogs under 30 pounds are the best road companions, because they need less space and exercise than larger dogs. They won’t feel cramped while riding in the cab for long periods of time and are safer for you and other drivers on the road. All pets should also ride with a crate or a pet harness, or sit behind a barrier that limits their movement throughout the cab while driving. This will prevent any accidents that could occur from your pet moving through the front of the cab.

Only experienced drivers should bring pets along with them. While a dog might seem comforting for one of your first trips, pets can also be distracting, and new drivers should pay particular attention to the road while learning the ropes. Truck drivers with pets should also make sure to remember to bring plenty of food, fresh water, and cleaning supplies like a litter box or waste bags to ensure their pets are comfortable.

And if you want to bring a pet on the road, don’t forget to carry a copy of your animal’s veterinary and immunization records. Some states will require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection when crossing borders, and you should be prepared.

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