Taking The Dog With You OTR

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Army 's Comment
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If I ever get my driving career started I want a small dog to bring along. At least you can talk to them and vent them when they give you bad directions from the co-pilot seat.....I think a little yapping yorkie would be nice.

Dan M.'s Comment
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Just make sure your grumpy ball of fur and fangs is well disciplined. You truly want all bark and no bite.

Best example I can give is a Husky I used to own. When she was being protective or I told her to show me her "mean face" she would curl her lips back, bare her fangs, growl and work her mouth with her tongue. You would swear she was spawned from the depths of hell and about to rip you to pieces. Funny thing is, to show people they had nothing to fear, I would stick my hand in her mouth. She would literally spit my hand out and then give the most disgusted look ever. It was hilarious.

Brutus is a protector and people can't come up to him and pet him. He loves going in the car and I think he would love it in a truck as well. I can deal with the extra work. I am close to signing on with Werner for a number of reasons...including their unrestricted breed and size dog policy.

Dan M.'s Comment
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The idea of taking the dog along with you is both good and bad. They will make great companions, won't talk back and never ask for much. On the other hand they require exercise and frequent "potty Breaks" that you will need to address. The extra cost of food, the obvious odor associated with just being in the cab and the extra care needed because of being mobile. I know that no matter the size of the dog they are an excellent guard feature as no one wants to bother you if you have a noisy dog barking if they are near your truck. You also gain the advantage of being allowed to idle the truck if you so desire because humane laws require that the pet must be kept comfortable even if the same law enforcement doesn't give a rat's behind about the driver. Go for it if you want and your company allows it but remember it will require some extra effort on your part.

Some have suggested the benefit IS to force you out of the truck. I heard you can request the passenger seat be taken out to accommodate the dog if you ask. I will need the room for him if I take him. And as far as someone trying to break into the truck ?? God help them

Dustan J.'s Comment
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Dachsunds are my pick. Smart, loyal, protective, and alert to potential trouble very quickly. The only issue is that they have a tendency toward spine issues, so you have to learn the correct way to lift them. They are sweet dogs.

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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So here is something to consider...he is sooooo protective...where will you park and be able to sleep? every rest area and truck stop will have people walking by. when backing into doors there will be people walking around. that will be the distraction.

i have parked next to dog trucks and had to move because all night the dogs barked. how the hell did the driver sleep? and as a new driver who will be exhausted, is that safe?

animals will get used to the routine. My cat sits on the dash when parked but jumps down and sleeps when i start the truck. when i pull the brakes he demands food. be knows we are parked.

so the distraction while driving i think will be the potty breaks and backing with others around. Many customers will not let you walk your dog either. so then what?

Dan M.'s Comment
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So here is something to consider...he is sooooo protective...where will you park and be able to sleep? every rest area and truck stop will have people walking by. when backing into doors there will be people walking around. that will be the distraction.

i have parked next to dog trucks and had to move because all night the dogs barked. how the hell did the driver sleep? and as a new driver who will be exhausted, is that safe?

animals will get used to the routine. My cat sits on the dash when parked but jumps down and sleeps when i start the truck. when i pull the brakes he demands food. be knows we are parked.

so the distraction while driving i think will be the potty breaks and backing with others around. Many customers will not let you walk your dog either. so then what?

It would be an adjustment. He does sleep with me and I would never let him keep barking. I don't yell at him, just tell him enough ! He is used to being walked in the early mornings, afternoons, and maybe a few times at night. Never has an accident. If I'm stuck at a customer...he'll have to cross his paws.

Army 's Comment
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Am I the only one that cant see what Dan responds with?

Old School's Comment
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Am I the only one that cant see what Dan responds with?

No, you just aren't realizing Dan's comments are the last one included in the quotes.

Dan is having a little trouble figuring out how to quote and then respond to the quote.

Hey Dan, we do have some helpful tutorials available on how to use the features on the web site. Just click on the "truckers forum" tab near the top of this page and scroll down near the bottom to find those videos. It will help make your posts more readable.

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Villain's Comment
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LMAO! I thought I was the only one confused about who this Dan guy was always quoting but never commenting. I looked at several posts and there's Dan smiling and quoting but never commenting. I thought he was trolling rofl-2.gif

Dan M.'s Comment
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Dan is having a little trouble figuring out how to quote and then respond to the quote. Hey Dan, we do have some helpful tutorials available on how to use the features on the web site. Just click on the "truckers forum" tab near the top of this page and scroll down near the bottom to find those videos. It will help make your posts more readable.
LMAO! I thought I was the only one confused about who this Dan guy was always quoting but never commenting. I looked at several posts and there's Dan smiling and quoting but never commenting. I thought he was trolling

I'm sorry guys...I think I learned how to do it right but then forgot. My bad.

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