Does anybody drive truck with a dog companion, and what breed?

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I got my beginners in May and plan on taking my air brake course in March/April and doing the road test in April. When I got my beginners my husband bought me my dream dog, a Rottweiler puppy. Winters are hard for me, so I haven't been on the road with my hubby for a couple months and neither has Hertz (our puppy). Well she's 11 months old now, and last weighed 81 lbs. I've met other people with dog companions, and one woman with her Rottweiler too. My question is, how the heck am I supposed to hoist her into the cab without giving myself a hernia?!?! LOL!


MELODY - posted on 10/04/2012




build a ramp that you can manage by yourself and that you can strap onto the catwalk behind your sleeper and teach your 'puppy' to use it. warning: this whole thing will get old real fast!

you will learn why you see big burley truck driving men walking small dogs.

real men can like poodles! (no shed)...Rotties shed and the size and breed of your dog will limit your employment options unless you are willing to take low pay or get roped into becoming a 'lease/owner operator'. Good luck.

thedaytripper (20 years OTR)


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Sonya - posted on 03/10/2010




LOL! Yes my husband drives a Mack Log truck and the macks are known for the bull dogs. We actually have an oversize English Bull dog that loves to ride with you everywhere. He is my husbands greatest companion on the road when I am unable to haul with him.

Deborah - posted on 09/30/2009




my hubby and i have 3 poodles. he takes our middle poodle "bella" with him. our oldest poodle "deacon" loves to go in the truck but is way too attached to me and crys when im not in the truck. our youngest poodle "abby" hasnt gone in the truck yet. idk if she will..

Shelly - posted on 01/31/2009




I took a mutt with me for a while but finally settled for taking my kitten AJ with me. She loved the truck and was sooooo much easier to take than a dog...

Terri - posted on 01/26/2009





A small, non-shedding dog is the best. We have a bischon/shitzu and though he needs help getting in the truck, he's great and takes almost no room. Taking a dog means allowing more time on your trips. The dog can be like taking a kid [feeding, washroom breaks, etc]. If you get a dog that can hop in the truck itself, remember that their nails can easily get caught on the steps and this can really hurt the dog. I have seen truckers that have cats too [not that I ever would, coz personally I think cats stink].

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My husbands company won't allow dogs but my bother-in-law is an owner operator and he has two German Shepherds (Turbo and Sprocket!) he alternately takes with him. They jump/climb up themselves. I think you will be surprised at what Hertz can do if she is motivated to go bye-bye with you. If we even put our shoes on our dog is ready for the car. They love to 'go'.

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