Although many drivers enjoy the solitude of their days on the road, you may eventually find yourself craving a little companionship. At BLC Transportation, we’re happy to offer our drivers a pet-friendly pet policy. We understand that bringing a pet along for the ride can provide invaluable benefits including reduced stress, mood boosts, someone to talk to, motivation to exercise, safety, social interaction (people love to ask about pets!), and more. Scroll down to explore some of the best pets for truck drivers.
Best Pets for Truck Drivers
When you’re exploring your pet options, we encourage you to keep a few basic things in mind. After all, you’re not just choosing a pet; you’re choosing a travel partner!
- Smaller pets will take up less room in the cabin — not just due to their smaller bodies, but because they’ll need less food and a smaller bed. They’re also easy to lift in and out of your rig.
- Low-maintenance pets are less likely to disrupt your work schedule.
- Short-haired pets will keep your cabin a little cleaner.
- Low-energy pets are great if you don’t want to devote a lot of time to long walks/runs, sessions of fetch, and rambunctious playtime.
- Non-aggressive pets will make your life a lot easier. Think about temperament, not just breed.
Finally, remember that many companies don’t allow truck drivers to have pets. Choose a company that appreciates how important pets are for truckers, like BLC Transportation.
If you’re looking for a pet that greets you happily, loves to play, and will truly be your best friend on the road, a dog might be your perfect companion. Because they require daily exercise, they’ll motivate you to get outside and move your body each day, which is great for your mental and physical health. However, it’s important to find a dog that won’t make too much noise in your cabin and enjoys long road trips. Many drivers prefer smaller dogs as they take up less room and typically require less exercise. An older dog could also be an ideal on-the-road companion because senior dogs tend to be more calm and laid-back. Some breeds recommended for truckers include the following:
- Bichon Frisé
- Boston Terrier
- Miniature Pinscher
- Miniature Poodle
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Shih Tzu
- Yorkshire Terrier
Cats can be great driving buddies because they’re so low maintenance. Cats are affectionate, but they’re also quite independent. Give them food, water, a place to sleep, and a place to do their business, and they’re quite content. They’ll likely make the coziest and warmest corner of the cabin their nest, but some cats will also happily cuddle up next to you. Plus, they can handle any rodents that happen to enter your truck. Some of the best cat breeds for trucking include the following:
- Abyssinian Cats
- American Shorthair
- Maine Coon Cats
- Persian Cats
- Ragdoll Cats
- Siamese Cats
However, it’s important to keep in mind that cats be temperamental and don’t always love life on the road. There’s a reason why more truckers choose dogs than cats!
The best pets for truck drivers are debatable, but we hope that this list has given you a little direction if you’re hoping to find a new pet to join you on the road.
Looking to further your career as a truck driver? Contact BLC Transportation today. We have opportunities for both company drivers and lease-purchase drivers. With our lease-purchase program, you can make 90 percent of the line haul while driving new trucks that provide comfort, fuel efficiency, and reliability. Plus, we offer bonuses and incentives, a health insurance subsidy, a friendly passenger/pet policy, assistance with registering for an LLC, and more. Join our team today!