Trucking Blog

Driving With Your Dog As A Co-Pilot

For those lucky enough to pair with a trucking company that allows riders, it may be common that a pet policy is also offered. Divers who can take their four-legged copilot on the road have one of the greatest advantages of all, and are likely to never feel lonely while on the road. 

Many will find that rover is a great friend to have in the second seat and has a personality that adapts incredibly well to the road. Still, other dogs may take some time to adjust to the trucking lifestyle. As a pet owner first and a trucker second when driving with a dog, it is important to keep an animal’s safety and health in mind.

There is no better way to keep a dog healthy and happy on the road other than creating a space that looks similar to the one they may have at home. Drivers ought to think about what they do in order to make their cab seem live able and thusly replicate that for their pet. A dog cannot feel entirely comfortable in a confined space without feeling somewhat like they can make themselves at home.

Much like drivers need to exercise to stay limber, it is also important for pet owners to ensure their dogs are allotted the same privilege. The regular walk is important for dogs and their owners, and together they may be able to encourage one another to live a healthier lifestyle.

A diet for a dog is also very important. Feeding a dog junk or unhealthy human food does them no good. While purchasing an expensive premium brand of food for a pooch may not be a necessity, drivers should take care in what they feed their dogs to maintain good health.

A driver should also consider whether or not a dog may become depressed being cooped up in the cab for extended periods of time. Simply because an animal makes a driver happy is not a good enough reason as to why they should come along for the ride. In reality, it is about whether or not a dog should get behind the wheel with a driver and whether they will enjoy being with their owner or will come along for the ride because they are forced to.

Many companies have weight or breed restrictions on what dogs can go on the road, but it should truly come down to the discretion of the dog owner in regards to whether or not a dog will work well in the truck. An animal’s personality, tendencies, and ability to sit still are among the main deciding factors in a dog’s ability to take down the long white line.