Driving With Pet

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Bsrlinmaz's Comment
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I'm still in the process of selecting/starting CDL school, here in Phoenix, Az area...but have a question for others who've already been on the road for a bit, with their pet. What issues, problems, experiences have you encountered that you would share with others who are considering taking their pet with them OTR?

My dog is small, less than 20#; and I also know that pet policies vary from one carrier to another.

Thank you for your time and assistance.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Always keep your pet on a leash in the truck stops, it's taking a huge risk to let them roam freely.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Yes always keep the dog on the leash

David's Comment
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Most if not all states/cities have a leash law of some kind.. Just an FYI

Make sure to stop every few hrs for your pet to get out. It'll also help keep you in shape a bit.. Long periods of sitting is bad for your back and can cause DMG down the road.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bsrlinmaz's Comment
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Has anyone had issues with arriving at a customer's location, to pick-up or drop-off, and being told the animal may not be on the property? Has this ever happened to any of you, or do you know of anyone who experienced this? I'm trying to get as much information ahead of time regarding things that may or may-not happen OTR , so I can be at least forewarned.

Thank you for your time and assistance.

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.

Deb R.'s Comment
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I recently had my dog microchipped at the suggestion of my vet. It's about $40 to do, quick and easy. Then if your dog were to get lost (horror!), any vet or rescue shelter can scan the dog, find the chip, track you down, and reunite you with your pup.

Deb R.'s Comment
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And of course, like everyone has said, ALWAYS on leash!

Colleen W.'s Comment
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Hey Deb R looks like you have a pitty. Are you planning on taking him on the truck? I would love to take one of my dogs but they are both pit mixes and some of the companies I'm interested have a no pit bull policy.

Chris L.'s Comment
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JFK airport wouldn't let me bring my dog in. My girlfriend had to stay out with the dog. If I had a cage for the dog I would have been able to bring her in, so I was told. The receiver told me that other truckers were able to bring there dogs in, guess it depends on the security guard. This was just to a construction site on the airport property. Anyway that's the only time I had a problem so far in 6 months OTR.

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.

Bsrlinmaz's Comment
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Thank you Chris. I have a kennel/cage...folds flat when not in use and is approx 4ft x 2ft x 5 or 6 inches when folded (there are others that are half the size that would also work, depending on the size of the animal)...so I'll plan to carry that so as to be prepared for the unexpected.

Thank you for your time and assistance.

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