How to choose your pet co-pilot for trucking

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Written by Mike Skliar

Life on the road can be difficult in different aspects. And one of the advice truckers get to prevent stress and handle this lonely life is to start trucking with a dog or cat. But it’s really important to choose a pet that suits your trucking lifestyle. And we have several tips for you.

Trucking with a Dog

Dogs have kept truckers company for years on their long journeys. And if you want to join their ranks, you should start by choosing a dog breed. The best dogs for the road are small, short-haired, low-energy, and unpretentious. Some trucking companies don’t allow aggressive dog breeds. 

The best breeds for trucking are Pug, Labrador Retriever, Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher, Bulldog, Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, ShihTzu, and Boston Terrier. Also, it would be nice to take old dogs from the shelter. They are much calmer than puppies and don’t require constant exercise. 

Trucking with a Cat

Cat in a truck? For someone, it can sound crazy. But everything is possible and this has been proven by a lot of drivers who trucking with cats. The main advantage in choosing such a pet is that you do not need to walk him, which means you will not need to make extra stops. And cats are low maintenance. Drivers even say that it is easier to take care of a cat on the road than a dog. 

Of course, cats don’t really prefer traveling cooped up in small spaces. But they can become great driving companions, you just need to do some preparation. First of all, buy a good carrier for your pet. Then take your cat on drives on a short distance. So the animal gets used to the truck. It would be great to take some things your cat is familiar with like his bed or toys. And be patient on your first trips. By the way, a kitten will need less time to adapt than an adult cat. You even can take your cat for a walk, just use a leash. And remember, a well-fed cat is a happy cat. 

Trucking with other pets

When you think about your fluffy co-pilots, usually the choice is between cats and dogs. But some truckers decided to go beyond this tiny list. Last year, CDLlife had a post about truck drivers who travel with rabbits, exotic birds, small pigs, and even goats. In the end, the best pet for truckers is the one that is part of your family and makes you feel happier and calmer on the road.

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Author Mike Skliar

As the truck driver recruiting agency's CEO, I deeply understand the unique challenges and demands truck drivers face.

Drawing from my extensive work experience, I bring knowledge in truck driver recruitment, logistics, and transportation management. I possess a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, safety standards, and best practices, ensuring that the agency adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and compliance.

Now, looking back and remembering my path from the very beginning, it seems to me that this story is a lifetime. During all these years of development and growth of our agency, I took part in no less interesting projects in which my experience, knowledge and vision were needed. And I was also able to gain new skills, contacts and experience by participating in the development of these projects from various fields, such as cargo transportation, trucking companies, e-commerce, parcel delivery and much more! But the best is yet to come!

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