Would Any OTR Company Allow A Dog In The Rig?

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Nelson D.'s Comment
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Considering an OTR career. Read Brett's book, and in principle, as I don't have family and love being on my own, can be on the road months at a time if needed. But my 4 legged Pal would love to come by. Is it a possibility at all? Thanks for any answer. The Gaucho

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh my friend, it's your lucky day! We just finished putting together our new List of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets. It's not only a list of companies, but it has the entire policy there for each company. There are about 38 companies on the list right now and we'll keep adding more as we learn of them.

List of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Errol V.'s Comment
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Considering an OTR career. Read Brett's book, and in principle, as I don't have family and love being on my own, can be on the road months at a time if needed. But my 4 legged Pal would love to come by. Is it a possibility at all? Thanks for any answer. The Gaucho

Gaucho, there are companies that allow pets. It's sorta like apartment rental. Some companies are "pet friendly", some will allow pets when you pay a deposit and/or cleaning fee, some say "no pets allowed". Check into their description, ask recruiters.

If you go to any truck stop, you will see people walking their dogs. Ask them how their company deals with it.

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OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Best Answer!

Oh my friend, it's your lucky day! We just finished putting together our new List of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets. It's not only a list of companies, but it has the entire policy there for each company. There are about 38 companies on the list right now and we'll keep adding more as we learn of them.

List of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Nelson D.'s Comment
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Bret/Errol,

Thank you for the answers, Pals!!

Nelson D.'s Comment
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BTW, those companies that do not allow pets, I guess they are missing out. Their drivers will be happier, and I bet you safer, as a pet is a source of minor distractions that keep you awake. Agree with the cleaning fee, jut in case. Awesome website here, Brett!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Brett, just an addendum to your pet policy info for Interstate. Pets are only allowed for drivers in the dry van fleet. On the reefer side, with the exception of a couple three drivers who got grandfathered in at one time, there are no pets allowed. We have several customers, most notably Foster Farms, who won't allow any trucks with animals on board onto their property and if they catch you on site with one they will kick you out.

This is why I have to dog vicariously through others, which is not hard to do at truck stops. A couple weeks ago I was walking back to my truck after dinner, and another driver's chocolate lab came running over and florped down on my feet like "OMG HI YOU'RE MY NEW FRIEND NOW PET ME AND LOVE ME AND SKRITCH ME!"

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

no one 's Comment
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I know for sure that prime and total transportation allows pets, and total does not require that you be married if you wanna take a significant other

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Brett, just an addendum to your pet policy info for Interstate

Excellent, thanks! Here is our policy for Interstate Distributor:

Interstate allows a maximum of 2 pets in a truck, only for the dry van fleet, not for reefer drivers. You will sign a Pet Agreement prior to having the Pet(s) on the truck. There are restrictions on the pets that are allowed. They do have space at their yards for your four-legged passengers to stay while you are inside completing business, rather than leaving them in the truck.

Regarding this:

I know for sure that prime and total transportation allows pets, and total does not require that you be married if you wanna take a significant other

We've got em! Thanks!

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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