Trucking with a dog, what should I consider?

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  1. wa6ems

    wa6ems Bobtail Member

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    I will start bringing my dog with me on the truck and I was wondering if there are any thing special i have to do before hand regarding the vet such has vaccinations and such that she should have for crossing state lines which I will only be travel around the western states mostly California, Oregon, Washington. She already has her rabbis shots. also she is 11 years old

    thanks
     
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    201 Road Train Member

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    I'd make sure it's kapish with your company. I'm not saying your dog is a problem, but there must be horror stories of trucks ruined by a pet,,and more importantly, a careless owner. While a pet can provide good company, it adds another "hassle" to an already over hassled environment. Feeding, craping, you may not have time for those things, and heaven forbid the pet needs some medical care. I don't have to tell you what vets charge, especially to strangers these days. It was enough just taking care of myself, much less a pet. Good luck.
     
  4. wore out

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    You have to have a rabies vaccination with proof in truck is all I’m aware of. But never been asked for it
     
  5. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    And then there are the shippers/receivers that have a "no animals on premises" signs. Then what do you do?
     
  6. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    Hide it in the sleeper LOL
     
  7. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Heavy Load Member

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    Set the brakes when you park so the poor dog doesn’t get blamed lol
     
  8. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    Hahaha
     
  9. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    If you have power windows, you're going to have to get used to turning the truck off when you're not in it.
     
  10. Studebaker Hawk

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    1. Keep records of your dog's vaccinations (rabies) and any other health items
    2. Get the animal "chipped". An identifying rfid chip planted under the skin. If she gets away from you it might lead to the recovery of the animal.
    3. Make sure the company is OK with it.
    4. There will be properties that will not allow animals at all. Rare but it does happen.
    5. Keeping the dog comfortable in the cab when you might not be there is a consideration. Make plans for ventilation or using an APU.

    I traveled with my cat for 6 years. Best move I ever made. Do it....
     
  11. elegantseacow

    elegantseacow Bobtail Member

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    ^^What he said.

    I’m in the oil field hauling water and my pup comes with. The only time I’ve kenneled him is when he had a broken hip. Other than that, he’s been in a semi since he was 8 weeks old.

    It’s a small learning curve at first, but worth it in the end.
     

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