Why Dogs are a Truck Driver’s Best Friend

Dog between two trucks

 

With long journeys and even longer days, life as a truck driver, including those who have automotive careers, can be very lonely. If only you had someone to talk to.

Take your four-legged friend with you!

Driving a truck with a dog by your side can make for a more interesting, safer, and happier ride. While that’s saying, taking your dog to work (regardless of your profession) isn’t a decision to be easy to deal with.

Here’s what you need to know before you decide to bring your pet for the ride.

 

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What is the perfect trucker dog?

Common sense says you can’t have a big dog in your cabin. Apart from the problem with the space, you don’t want the windows to be constantly covered with condensation. While I’m saying that, you probably don’t want a very small one either. A dog that weighs no more than 25 pounds, has short hair (requires less hair removal of the cabin) and one that is a little on the lazy side (i.e. does not need constant movement) is ideal.

How to protect your truck from pets

First, train your dog to stay away from the gear lever and not crawl under your feet. Give him a special place in the cabin where he feels safe and comfortable. It’s also wise to keep important items out of your pet’s sight and/or reach. And always keep water available for your dog to drink, especially in hot weather.

What does a dog need for a life on the road?

It doesn’t take much to keep your dog happy: food, treats, and toys. Always have them in stock and everyone is happy. You should also have a belt, poop bags, cleaning supplies, and extra blankets on hand. Don’t forget to put your dog’s registration and vaccination documents in the glove box, in case you need them.

The benefits of taking a dog to work

Did you know? Dog owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol. They are also less stressed than non-dog owners. According to research, spending just 15 minutes with your dog can significantly improve your mood. Owning a dog can also really help people with depression. Moreover, you get out of the cabin and take a walk every day.

Of course, you can’t just assume that you can take a dog to work. Be sure to check company policies before putting your dog in the cabin. All you have to do is open the windows and enjoy the ride.