Spending time on the road and away from home can get lonely and tiresome, but with the right road companion, you can lift your spirits and make your rides more enjoyable.
Have you ever thought about taking your dog on the road? Or would you like to get a furry friend to take on your next long haul? Read on for our tips on traveling with pets, as well as which breeds are best suited for the trucking lifestyle.
While a dog of any size could join you on the road, some breeds are better suited for long truck drives than others.
Best Dog Breeds for Truckers
Fluffy, chunky, lazy, funny, or whatever else your pup may be, here are five proven great road companions to consider:
- Older Dogs: We know, this isn’t a specific breed, but it’s worthwhile to start our list off by noting that older dogs of any breed make for great passenger seat companions as they’re more housebroken and require less exercise. If you’ve spent many years with your dog already, then you likely know how they operate, and you can drive easy with your furry friend snoozing by your side.
- Basset Hound: These dogs are fiercely loyal and extremely friendly with other animals, meaning any breaks you take at a rest stop or otherwise will be stress-free with this hound. They’re also small in size, so they won’t mind the tighter quarters of your cab.
- Poodles: Toy or Standard, Poodles are great travel companions because they love snuggles, cuddles, and are easy to please. While they are athletic dogs, they’re perfectly happy snuggling up next to you.
- Labrador Retriever: While they are bigger, Labs are known for loving to be around their humans. In addition to being super loyal, they’re also easy to train, meaning you won’t have to spend much time on basic commands to make road travel easy.
- Pit Bull: Another known loyal companion, Pit Bulls are a great choice, especially for truckers looking to be more active. They will make you feel safe, require little grooming, but they do need a lot of exercise. Be sure that you can commit to giving your dog the outside time they deserve. In addition, you should know that some towns or businesses may have rules against them, so look into that before making stops.
Even if you go with a breed we didn’t include on this list, it’s important that you know your dog well and you take time to let them get familiar with your truck before embarking on any long trips. In addition to getting your dog ready for the road you should also stock up on any medication, tea and flick treatments, and take them to the vet for regular checkups.
New to traveling with a dog? It should go without saying that having an adequate amount of food, toys, and treats is necessary. Here are a few more helpful tips to ensure travel with your dog goes off without a hitch:
- Use a spill-proof water bowl to keep things clean in the cab.
- Invest in seat covers, even if your dog breed doesn’t shed, it will be necessary.
- Find a dog ramp. Look for one that isn’t bulky and won’t take up too much space, but will still help your dog get in and out of your truck safely.
- Store a handheld vacuum for easy and regular cleanup.
- Train your dog to stay away from the driver’s side. This is imperative for driver safety.
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