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A canine co-pilot: FMCSA requirements, benefits and drawbacks of traveling with these companions

On National Puppy Day we remember everything you need to know to travel the routes with this beloved company. The impact on health and planning.

It is known that truckers are true allies when it comes to rescuing pets on the roads. So much so that there are programs where express help is requested from these nature-loving drivers. Many of the adoptees become essential co-pilots, adventure companions and protectors of their new home on wheels.

A trend that is growing is precisely that of truckers who decide to incorporate a pet into their solitary hours. There are those who opt for a cat, those who prefer a reptile and those who end up choosing a dog. In the case of canines, the FMCSA has not issued any regulations.

It is required to have up-to-date vaccinations, especially rabies and a Veterinary Inspection Certification that is usually requested at the borders between States. Drivers undergoing CDL training will not be allowed to transport a pet. After getting the license things change.

Different is with the companies who tend to raise their demands when allowing a dog in transport. One of the main ones is a deposit that will later be used to clean the truck.

Many companies do not allow dogs weighing more than 60 pounds or very large breeds. In this sense, the most recommended breeds for truck drivers are: Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher, Bulldog, Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature Poodle, Yorkshire terrier, Shih Tzu and Boston terrier.

What is sought is that the dog does not dirty the truck so much, but also that it is a manageable breed with low energy. It must be considered that more stops must be made so that the dog can walk. If the canine is very active, the travel will be much slower.

It is also essential to plan trips to find stops that are pet friendly. In this way he can rest without worries.


The advantages are many. For those who have been riding a truck for years, leaving all loved ones can become a heavy burden. A co-pilot dog will not only accompany you, but has been shown to improve the driver’s health.

It is that truckers who travel with a dog have less cholesterol, less stress, less hypertension, better immune system and, what is essential, less depression.

Another advantage has to do with rest time. Truckers rest better since this companion alerts them in case there is a danger in their moments of sleep.

Socially, the dog also generates great advantages. At the stops and wherever you go, the trip with this companion will be a guaranteed topic of conversation and friendship.

Are you traveling with a pet? What was your experience?

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