Can You Keep Your Dog With You On Your Food Truck?
This is a very interesting topic. The answer lies in how you treat your dog: Is your dog a pet, a family member, or a business partner? While you take a realistic call, let’s have another view on the same topic. How would you treat your customers at your food truck?
Your food truck is pure business, where customer satisfaction is only superseded by concerns about their health. Before you are able to extend your restaurant by adding a couple of food trucks, or you can start off your food venture by setting up a food truck, you will need a health license. Now, let’s have a look at the question once again: Can you keep your dog with you on your food truck? The answer is maybe, yes, and not.
NO, YOU CAN’T
You may not keep your dog at your food truck. Running a food business, especially from the small space does not all you too many liberties. If there is a good flow of customers, you hardly have any time for any other thing than preparing and serving the food.
YES, YOU CAN
But if the customer flow is such as it leaves you with enough of intermittent time, you can, of course, look around, and spend your time peacefully. In this situation, you can keep your dog nearby. But it would never be alright to allow your dog inside your food truck, where raw food materials are kept in the open and where the actual cooking, preparing, and delivery packets are being prepared.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE YOUR DOG AROUND?
If you like to have your dog around when you are manning the food truck, you can put it on a leash and let it be at a safe distance away from your food truck. The presence of your dog near your food truck would definitely create good vibes among the customers and make the atmosphere light. Your customers may find it rather cool to have a well-groomed canine at a place they frequent for their quick snacks or beverages.
But what is the point of having a dog that is always on the leash or in a crate (see more at Cozy Crates)? It may not be a great choice for your pet either. But dogs being dogs, they love their masters, anyway. It can be a good idea to have somebody who is looking after the customers from outside the food truck, and he is also taking care of the dog. When there is no customer, the dog can be unleashed and set free for a while. This would keep the dog more entertained and also more involved with your business.
Over time your dog will understand your business and the limitations under which it has to be carried out. At that stage, your dog would know where to stay when there is no customer and how to maintain distance from the customers even if it is not on a leash.
Having your dog around your food truck is a good idea but it should not be allowed inside the food truck. It can be taught to maintain distance from the customers and also from the truck. This would be required even by the health license given to run the food truck.