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Should Dogs Ride in the Back of Trucks?

Updated on January 17, 2018
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Dangerous Dog Rides

Dogs Should Ride Up Front

Yearly, over 30,000 dogs are killed or injured in truck bed accidents. They don’t have opposing thumbs to hang on and the pads of their feet are slippery. They don’t do well surfing around in the back of your truck. Even tethering them doesn’t guarantee safety. The best place for man’s best friend is up in front in the cab with you.

Besides accidents dogs can get debris in their eyes and nose from things that fly off other cars. If your pal is tethered they get tangled in their own leash and strangle themselves. When you’re driving sixty-five miles and hour in traffic getting to the side of the road isn’t easy. You may not make it in time to save your poor pal.

I’ve had friends swear to me their dog would never jump out of a moving vehicle all it took was another dog distracting them and away they went. You can never predict what a dog will do in certain situations. If your dog does decide to make a run for it they are not going to remember that they are tethered. They could easily get hit by oncoming traffic, choke themselves at the end of their lead or worse you could end up dragging them beside the car.

Another problem is during the summer. The bed of your truck can get scorching hot. Would you put your dog’s paws on a burning hot stove? Dog’s pads do not offer protection against a surface that hot, their pads can get badly burned. They also need protection from the sun. Even at sixty miles per hour your dog can get heatstroke from being in the sun too long.

If you must put your dog in the back of the truck a crate is the best option. Be sure to secure the crate to the truck bed and cover the top to shield your pup from the sun. Be sure there is enough ventilation for your pal to get plenty of air.

Short jaunts on surface streets may be okay if you dog is tethered. If you are going on a long road trip and will be riding on highways please think with your brain and not your ego. Let your pup ride in the comfort of air conditioning with you or leave them at home. Would you let your child ride in the back of your truck? Then please don’t let your dog ride there either.


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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Today I saw a truck with two big beautiful labs in the back. One seemed to be helping the other to grip. The driver wasn't driving fast but dogs can't stay steady in a truck bed. Oh how I wish that driver would see this hub. Dogs need to be inside the vehicle.

      For the first time I've purchased a harness for our dog, too. Took me a while to realize that we could do this safer.

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      Dog Ma 7 years ago

      I agree. I grew up on a farm and our dogs were allowed in the back of the truck while on the property, but only because one of us kids was in the back with them. Never out on the road.

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      carolyn (dingyskipper 7 years ago

      totally agree, here in England this is not a common site, being bought up on a farm I've seen many farm dogs on the back of landrovers being taken down the fields, but this is different. our dog loves to stick her nose out of an open window,but she can pull it back any time she wants