Keeping a Pet on the Road

If you're a truck driver, you know how lonely it can be while you're making a run. Some consider keeping a pet on the road but are unsure if that's a wise idea. Here are some guidelines for over-the-road driving with a pet on board.

Which type of pet would be best suited for long haul traveling? Probably the animal best-suited for traveling long distances would be a dog. How many times have you been driving down the highway and see a dog gleefully riding with its head out the window, wind blowing in their faces? Dogs and driving seem to just go together.

Before putting your dog into the truck and taking off, you may want to be sure they like to ride. A couple of weeks before your trip, start taking your dog out for short, close-to-home trips. If they ride well, extend the length of the trips until you're gone for a couple of hours at a time. If your dog does not ride well by getting sick or acting angry, it would probably be best to leave them at home.

Be sure that you have time to stop and give your dog a potty break and a chance to stretch its legs. Remember to take your dog to tie itself before you do the same for yourself. They can not control them as well as you can.

Food and water are important for your pet as it is for you. You may choose not to leave food out for your pet while you're driving. Instead you can feed them when you stop to get something for yourself. Remember to let them out of the cab each time you stop.

One thing you'll need to keep up-to-date is your dog's vaccinations and make sure you have a license for it. Of course, you'll want to keep copies of these papers in your truck. It's illegally that you'll ever need them, but it's better to have them and not need them, than to have your dog impounded.

You may want to check with your veterinarian to see if there are any first aid items you'll need for your pet while you're away. Do not use products for people on your animals-it could be deadly. It would also be a good idea to keep a copy of your dog's veterinary records with you in case you have to see a vet while on the road.

Do not forget, no matter how much your four-footed friend may like to do so, it is best to keep it on a leash when not in your truck. An extra leash and collar may be wise things to have with you. You may also need to bring along a dog crate.

If you plan on stopping overnight at a hotel, you may want to verify with the hotels on your route what their policy is relating pets. Many hotels do not mind pets as long as they are crated overnight. This helps cut down on the amounts of accidents in the rooms.

Traveling with pets is very common for those on vacations. It's also not unusual to see truck drivers keeping a pet on the road. They help ease loneliness, help the driver stay awake, and are good for companionship. Maybe that's why they're man's best friend.