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Ok so hubby wants to teach Sata to ride in the bed of the truck. I don't feel comfortable with it at all. He has taken him to several places and said that Sata did wonderfully. He said that even with people outside walking around and kids everywhere he stayed in the truck. He didn't once climb up on the sides of the truck. I have seen firsthand what kind of horrible things can happen when a pet jumps or falls out of a moving vehicle not to mention the fact that it isn't good for their ears. I just wanted to see how many of you travel with your pets in the back of a truck. Thanks and please leave comments as well regarding the subject.
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Ok so hubby wants to teach Sata to ride in the bed of the truck. I don't feel comfortable with it at all. He has taken him to several places and said that Sata did wonderfully. He said that even with people outside walking around and kids everywhere he stayed in the truck. He didn't once climb up on the sides of the truck. I have seen firsthand what kind of horrible things can happen when a pet jumps or falls out of a moving vehicle not to mention the fact that it isn't good for their ears. I just wanted to see how many of you travel with your pets in the back of a truck. Thanks and please leave comments as well regarding the subject.
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It's not a matter of whether or not the dog will stay in the truck bed on their own.

It's what happens when your husband has to stop suddenly or swerve. The dog will be THROWN from the vehicle.

The ONLY way I would allow my dogs to ride in the bed of a truck is if I had a crate securely fastened to the truck bed and the dog was in it.
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Re: pick-up truck dogs

What you have said about seeing first hand what can happen to dogs that ride in the back of trucks are the reasons that it is NOT a good idea to allow it.

Some places it is actually illegal to haul a dog loose in the back of a pick-up.

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Check your Local/State laws. In some locations it is against the law, or restricted to having the animal on a very short lead or crated, so that he/she cannot fall out of the back of the pick-up.
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What about their feet? That is what I always think about-how hot that metal or plastic is on their feet-I watch them hopping around...it kills me.

ETA-that's not the only thing that scares me about it of course!





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Re: pick-up truck dogs

I would never let my dogs ride in the back of my truck. I hate seeing other dogs riding in the back doing 70 down the expressway. What if you had to stop suddenly for a deer or car, the dogs wouldn't stand a chance. Mine are restrained with seat belts most of the time. I feel better knowing they ar safer that way.

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Recently some signs were posted in the area where I live. "Stolen black lab from the bed of my truck while parked at Walmart. Help, I want my best friend back!!"
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I agree with AnnaRiley, I currently had a GSD stolen, and seems that if a dog was in the back of a truck, that would be an easy way to steal a dog...... I don't want you to have to go through what I've been through, please don't let your hubby leave her.
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Re: pick-up truck dogs

Mine, personally, does not ride in the bed (mainly because we don't have a truck) but I know several people who do. There is, however, a 'but'. That is only for simple puttering around town where no one goes faster that 45. Everyone I know who takes their dog with them camping and has to use the highways either has them ride in the cab, if there is room, or in a secured crate in the back.
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