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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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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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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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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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I have more respect for my dogs than to put him/her in the back of a moving truck. The thought of them fall out or jumping out and either injuring themself or even worse getting hit by a car that was following you would even be worse for you or the poor person that had hit the dog. All I can say is that you don't stick little kids in the back of a truck now do ya
 

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Originally Posted By: chuckI have more respect for my dogs than to put him/her in the back of a moving truck. The thought of them fall out or jumping out and either injuring themself or even worse getting hit by a car that was following you would even be worse for you or the poor person that had hit the dog. All I can say is that you don't stick little kids in the back of a truck now do ya
Putting little kids in the back is one of those things we ALWAYS
used to do, but now we know better.

California law requires a cross-tie but I see so many people who
haven't a clue what a proper cross-tie is.

Mine rides in the bed of my pick-up, within a camper shell and
with a nice comfy carpet kit!!
 

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No way, kids are not allowed to ride back there. About 20 years ago, a woman had seven kids in the bed of the pickup here in town and got into an accident at under 35mph. Many of the kids died.

Your dog has even less weight than a lot of kids, he will go flying and end up broken, possibly run over by another vehicle. Why, why, why chance it??? Because it looks kool???

Sorry, but it is one of the most irresponsible things someone can do with their kids or dogs. Your husband may be the best driver in the world, but that doesn't stop the high school student from pulling out in front of him. And a minor injury can mean death or disfigurment of your best buddy.

And another thing is that we all assume that our dog will know exactly what to do if someone foolishly walks up to his truck to pet him. Oh he wouldn't hurt a flea. BS! We do not know what he might smell on some fool that makes him react. And what about kids? Dogs are an attractive nuisance. If a child walks up to pet the doggy, the doggy might not realize the child is ok. Why risk a possible incident with your beloved companion? Why risk a bite on our breed and euthanasia for your pet? To be kool??? I cannot think of another reason.

Sorry, but this is one of my pet peeves -- obviously. I love our breed and am absolutely disgusted when something so foreseeable happens.
 

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Totally agree with selzer.
I hate it when I see some "redneck" macho idiot letting their dog loose in the back of a truck. The dog is going back and forth in the back, evidently enjoying itself, but what if the driver swerves left as dog is moving right? or vice versa, even at slow speed it could send the dog flying out into the street and into traffic.
I think your BH is quite crazy to put something loved in so much danger.
 

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What an intelligent group on this site! There is no one so far(that admits) who has their dogs ride on the back.
I hate to see it and one of my neighbors did this recently with his lab. I wanted to cry when I saw them leaving.
 

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Cain rides in the back of the pickup under a topper/cap in a secured crate. LOL...he's only slightly spoiled he also has cross ventilation from both side windows and his crate fan blowing on him. If we are traveling to training and have to use the interstate, he rides inside the cab as I fear what could happen to him in the case of a crash at highway speeds.

I am paranoid as to what would/could happen to him in the case of a crash so in my glovebox with the vehicle registration I also have a color photograph of him with specific instruction of who to call in the case of an accident and I am not able to give instructions.
 

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i can't think of any circumstance why i would have dylan ride in the back of the truck, alone, uncrated, unsecured.

just the other day, i saw a pick-up with two dogs riding loose in the back. i hoped they made it home okay, and that the ding-a-ling driving the truck got a good heafty fine for driving around like that.
 

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I don't have a pickup truck, but if I did I would never ever let Mikko in the bed. It is a bad idea for all the reasons people have already posted. We use a seatbelt in our car for him to keep him safe.

Quote: I am paranoid as to what would/could happen to him in the case of a crash so in my glovebox with the vehicle registration I also have a color photograph of him with specific instruction of who to call in the case of an accident and I am not able to give instructions.
that is a great idea!!
 
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