5 Tips for Trucking with Your Pup

When you’re driving with Bison USA, you never have to leave your furry friend at home. Whether it’s a long haul or a local drive, we welcome your pup to jump in the cab and hit the open road. Here are five tips to make your ride a little smoother with man’s best friend in the passenger seat.

Best Breeds for Trucking
Dogs under 50 pounds are best for trucking, as they’re small enough to allow for extra space in the cab for food and water bowels. If you’re worried about clean up and tidiness of your cab, keep in mind that short-haired dogs mean less maintenance for you. Puppies are cute, but an older, lazier dog means fewer stops for exercise and play. Some of the best breeds for truckers include: Pugs, Miniature Pinschers, Boston or Yorkshire terriers, ShihTzus, Dachshunds, Miniature Poodles and Schnauzers, Pitbulls, and Chihuahuas.

Pet Proof Before You Ride
Before you take your dog along, train him to stay away from the clutch and breaks. Safety is always a priority, especially with your best friend in the cab. If you have important documents or items, keep them in close reach to you, and out of reach of your dog. Stash away extra cab filters so your cab stays smelling fresh, and keep a small 12 volt vacuum on hand so you can easily get rid of dog hair. Seat covers are a great idea to prevent any damage from puppy paws. Did you know dogs are just as capable of locking you out of your cab as an ornery toddler? Make a spare key and keep it in your pocket, just in case.

Puppy Supply Kit
Consider how long you’ll be on the road, and pack accordingly: treats, food, and water. Don’t forget cleaning supplies like poop bags. We know you want your dog to be comfy, so bring along a doggy bed, and extra blankets in case of temperature changes. A retractable leash is a great idea for those quick pitstops, and of course, don’t forget the toys and rawhide chews! You might even want to bring along a crate, in case you deliver to a facility that doesn’t allow pets.

Tag Your Dog
What’s worse than losing your pup? Losing your pup when you need to get back on the road. Dog tags should include your cell phone number, email, and the name your dog responds to. In this same vein, it’s important to keep all vaccination and necessary paperwork in the cab when your dog’s traveling with you.

Set Expectations
Driving with your dog means you’ll be on the road a little longer than driving alone. Remember that you’ll have to make pitstops for potty-time, and consider how that might affect your traveling and delivery schedule. Even though it might seem easy, don’t let your dog take their break at the gas station – oil and diesel can get on their paws, and licking will make them sick. In hot weather, be careful that their paws don’t burn on the concrete. Use your retractable leash so your pup have their play time and potty break in a safe environment.

Do you have tips from taking your pup on the road? Let us know!