Can Dogs Ride in Long-Haul Trucks?

Hello! I am a new mom of a bouncing Boston Terrier. I had one a few years ago, but lost custody during my divorce. New...


Hello! I am a new mom of a bouncing Boston Terrier.
I had one a few years ago, but lost custody
during my divorce.

New hubby and I are trucking, sometimes long distance. What
suggestions do you have for keeping the pup
happy? I am not finding any results
or support online, but I see truckers with
“puppers”, big and small, every day! Help us!
Many thanks in advance!

Barberton, Ohio

I have known several dogs (and even a few cats) that have served as companions for long-haul truckers. All of these pets seemed very content with their lives. Most dogs I know love adventure, and they adjust very well to life on the road.

There are, of course, some basic precautions that you will need to take. Your dog should receive vaccines that are appropriate for the areas he’ll be visiting, and you should ensure that he is protected against fleas, heartworm and intestinal parasites.

As well, make yourself familiar with the dog laws in the municipalities through which you’ll be traveling. Different areas have different requirements for rabies vaccination. Some areas may require veterinary health certificates for dogs traveling through. Make sure that you have a current dog license in your home town.

In my experience, the authorities generally are quite relaxed about dogs and cats traveling by car or truck (airport screeners can be a different story). However, it is always wise to have all of your paperwork in order. Your veterinarian should be able to help you with rabies certificates, health certificates and other bureaucratic miscellany.

Finally, be sure to carry plenty of food and water for your pup. Take regular breaks for exercise and bathroom activities. And don’t forget to carry a leash–you don’t want your dog to run onto a busy freeway!

If your dog is like the ones I have known, he’ll happily and easily adjust to life on the road.

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