Pet Policies In Trucking Companies

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Landion's Comment
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Hey guys - First let me say thanks for all the great stuff on here, I plan on starting school in a couple weeks and having a view inside what I'm about to get into has been great!

I'm a single guy - just me and my 3yr old yellow lab. I need to find a company that not only allows pets, but will allow my 90lb lab. I've looked at a couple dozen company sites to find out more about their pet policy and many of them have a 25lb limit... I think Fargo's head weighs more than that :P

Do any of you have knowledge of companies that allow large dogs or just have breed restrictions (I've never seen lab on a list of restricted breeds for anything)?

Thanks!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have a list of trucking companies that allow pets so check that out.

John, be aware that you're not going to be able to take him on the road during your training phase which will last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. So you're going to have to make plans of some sort for that time on the road.

Spreadneck's Comment
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I don't know the answer since i'm not a driver yet, but most companies have a 40-50 pound limit. I have a pit mix that I hope to take on the road with me once I start driving. She weighs about 50.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have a list of trucking companies that allow pets so check that out.

John, be aware that you're not going to be able to take him on the road during your training phase which will last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. So you're going to have to make plans of some sort for that time on the road.

Landion's Comment
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John, be aware that you're not going to be able to take him on the road during your training phase which will last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. So you're going to have to make plans of some sort for that time on the road.

Thanks Brett - I've considered that, and honestly I don't want him with me while I'm training or for the first couple weeks of going solo. I want to spend training time focused on what I need to learn to be safe and successful. I figure going solo for the first couple of weeks without him would also be a good idea so I can start getting used to things before having to also be concerned about his needs. So I've made arrangements for him to stay with my parents for a couple months; after that's all over I'll need a spot for him in the cab.

PvtJoker's Comment
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I'm sort of in the same boat - single, no girlfriend, no kids. I also have a Lab. He's bit on the plus side - 100-110lbs. Unfortunately, when I returned from vacation last week and picked Marley up from boarding, the vet informed me that he has heartworms. The treatment will take 8+ months, much of that time being spent at home on restricted exercise, and will cost roughly $1100. Before this came to light, I was researching pet policies and found this:

Pet-Friendly Trucking Companies

While the site doesn't outline the policy for each company, they at least provide a much-needed list.

Now the major concern for anyone with a relatively large dog is getting said dog in and out of a tractor cab. When I say "relatively large", I'm talking about any pet that you are uncomfortable lifting as high as your shoulders. Most O/O's will build steps or a ramp for the dog to use and store it (not the dog) on the catwalk. Otherwise, you'll be carrying your dog in and out of the truck.

Landion's Comment
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Best of luck fighting off those heart worms!

I thought about the loading/unloading already and came across Petloader It looks like it'll work well and folds down pretty compact so not taking up a lot of the premium cab space.

I'll start researching the companies on the list.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PvtJoker's Comment
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Best of luck fighting off those heart worms!

Thanks. It's going to be a tough road.

I've somewhat compiled a list of the pet-friendly companies that offer their own training program:

- Celadon Trucking - Con-Way Truckload (pays 0.01cpm less when pet rides & requires deposit) - Earl L Henderson Trucking - Pam Transport - Prime - Southern Ref. Transport

There may be more that I didn't include in my personal list.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PvtJoker's Comment
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I did sneak a peek at Petloader. It looks like a great concept. Let's just hope you can find one tall enough to get Fargo close enough so he can hop in on his own.

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