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Jeff W (equipman)'s Comment
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Folks, I have been considering for a long time now about getting back into the trucking industry. Back when I was 18-21 I drove over the road and got away from it because the safety regs were not up to par in my opinion. To show how long ago that was I trained in a cab over rig.

Anyway, the reason I am posting is I have a 100lbs muscle with feet (Aka Sarge) that is like my second son. Very obedient but can't pursue this thing if I don't find a company that allows large dogs in the trucks. Most companies I see are 60lbs max. Heck Sarge's head weighs that. LOL Any suggestions. Even recruiters if you have any insight please feel free to share. Thanks for reading.

Over The Road:

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I don't think you'll find any/many recruiters on this site, but if you do a search of companies that allow pets, that might be a good place to begin your search. I'd then call those companies directly to ask about weight or breed restrictions.

Good luck! I've seen many a large 4 legged travel companion on the road.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeff W (equipman)'s Comment
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Thanks for the information. Every little bit helps.

Dan E.'s Comment
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Take a look at Wil Trans. I know they allow up to two pets so they might not have a weight limit if you are just bringing one dog.

Jeff W (equipman)'s Comment
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Dan E thanks for the input. Will check into it.

Lilysmomma's Comment
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If you don't mind putting up a security deposit for your pet which is usually around 500.00 so any damages done by the dog will be at least somewhat covered. A lot of truck drivers have ruined it for us by bring big dogs with them and leaving them while they are in the truck stop restaurant eating and the dog has anxiety and totally trashes the inside of the cab.. I bring my little dog with me and he goes into his kennel while I am not in the cab with him, not that I don't trust him, I just want to make sure he is safely in his kennel and secure. I am also looking into some kind of a restraint in which I can put him in, if the unthinkable were to happen like a sudden braking or an accident.. Want to make sure our pets are as safe as they can be...

Jeff W (equipman)'s Comment
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Lilysmomma, thanks for the heads up. I know what you are saying. I read an article the other day and some one let the animal crap in the truck and just pushed it under the bunk. I am OCD so I am perticular with every aspect of my life and my dogs.

Colin K.'s Comment
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I've been researching this. I found at least four companies that allow pets, each with varying conditions. Info on their policies are on this site. Go to the info on company sponsored training on this site for details. They are: Jim Palmer, Wil Trans, Prime and Roehl. There may be more, but that is what I've found so far. I hope this helps.

Stay Safe Our There, Colin K.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I've been researching this. I found at least four companies that allow pets, each with varying conditions. Info on their policies are on this site. Go to the info on company sponsored training on this site for details. They are: Jim Palmer, Wil Trans, Prime and Roehl. There may be more, but that is what I've found so far. I hope this helps.

Stay Safe Our There, Colin K.

As a Prime company driver with a pet I can tell you the policy here is one pet, 30lb limit, and a $1000 pet FEE. I was specifically told "they call it a deposit, but don't expect it back. I have yet to see it returned to anyone". They take out $300 from one check then $50 per week til it is paid off.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have a couple of pages of information regarding trucking with pets:

List Of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Tips For Trucking With Your Pets

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