The Problem With Dogs In Truck Beds

It isn’t uncommon to see a pick-up truck hauling dogs in the truck bed during warmer months. While some may not blink an eye when they see Fido riding by in the back, the wind flapping his ears in the breeze, pets riding in truck beds account for approximately 100,000 dog deaths per year, according to the Humane Society of Utah.

The ASPCA cites that this action is illegal in some states and cities, including California, New Hampshire, and the cities of Miami and Cheyenne. Unfortunately, in many regions this kind of action is tolerated, and in some cases even considered the norm. Even though it might seem like the best option at the time, there are several reasons why truck pets are not safe for dogs:

1. The dog could jump out, or worse yet, be propelled out- The dog might jump out when provoked by a person, animal, or from being scared by a bump or jostle while riding. Also, the driver may have to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting another person, animal, or other road situations that occur. Pair that with the speed of a vehicle, and it equals severe injury or death for the dog, even if the pet is restrained. The dog could also fall out of an open truck bed door if it should open during transport.

2. Debris and no protection from the elements- Too much wind dries out the eyes and ears of a dog. They could also be hit hard with dust, rocks, sand, bugs, and whatever else is kicked up by surrounding vehicles or in the air. Dogs are also subject to being worn by the elements, like drizzle, hail, or harsh sun and heat.

3. Tethers or restraints don’t fix the problem- Even when a dog is tied up or restrained in the truck bed, this could result in dragging the pet behind the truck without even knowing it.

Travel is a lot more enjoyable for the person and the pet with proper safety precautions. Here are some alternatives to letting pups ride in the back of the truck:

Riding with the people with use of a pet restraint tool, such as a crate or barrier
Riding in the truck bed with the topper on, preferably in a crate that is secured to the truck bed
Riding in the truck bed inside of a crate that is tethered to the truck bed (safer than open riding)

If you see a pet riding in a truck bed, instead of calling 911 for an emergency, the ASPCA recommends calling a local police station, as they will be familiar with local truck bed laws.

With safety in mind, road trips with Fido will be more enjoyable for the family, as well as the family dog!

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4 thoughts on “The Problem With Dogs In Truck Beds

  1. It is a very dumb and bad idea to put a pet in the bed of a truck because the dog could easily get distracted or get scared and jump out of the bed of the vehicle i mean i no that some people put their pets in the bed of their truck so the dog doesn’t distract the driver or there isn’t alot of room for the animal but if there isn’t room or the driver is afraid of being distracted why did he bring the dog in the first place?I read that when you put a dog in the bed of a truck it kills more than 100,000 animals a year i mean come on people don’t you want your dog or whatever animal you have don’t you want it to live for a long time because putting a dog in the bed of a truck sure isn’t going to make thee dog live longer and when you put a dog or whatever animal your not only putting that animal in danger but your putting other people in danger to because if the animal jumps out or gets shoved out somebody could hit the animal and get in an accident and also the people behind the person who hit the dog could get in an accident as well.

    SO THE NEXT TIME YOUR THINKING ABOUT PUTTING YOUR ANIMAL IN A BED OF A TRUCK DON’T DO IT BECAUSE IT WILL KILL YOUR ANIMAL AND THEN YOU WILL FELL MORE GUILTY THEN YOU ALREADY DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Putting a dog in a bed of a truck is a bad idea because the dog could easily get distracted by another animal or a person and jump out or get throne out if the driver has to slam on the breaks.Also when you put a dog in the bed of a truck it is not only putting your dog or whatever animal you have in danger but you are putting other people in danger to. Because if the animal jumps out of the bed of a truck someone could hit the dog and get in an accident and the people behind the person who hit the dog could get in an accident to. So see how many ways a dog could get hurt or possibly killed i mean i no that some people put a dog back there so the driver doesn’t get distracted but if the driver is afraid of getting distracted then he shouldn’t of brought the dog in the first place.

    SO THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PUTTING A DOG IN THE BED OF A TRUCK DON’T DO IT AND THE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T DO IT ARE RIGHT ABOVE READ THEM AND LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Even if a dog does not think that it can fall from truck backs, there are additional hazards to riding in one. But If you really choose to transport your dog in the back of a truck, they need to be secured in a carrier. If you tether them, use cross-ties short enough to prevent them from falling over either side. Nice article! MagnumMFGInc.com

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