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Safe Dog Truck Travel

Safe dog truck travel is important for dog-loving truck owners. While a dog in the bed on a pickup truck with his tongue lolling out the side of his mouth and his tail wagging may seem like a quintessential sight, it is extremely unsafe for your dog. Responsible dog owners ensure their pooches are carefully secured in any vehicle.

First and foremost, safe dog truck travel involves never leaving your dog in the bed of a moving truck. If you have to swerve or brake suddenly and your dog is in the back of a pickup truck, chances are high that he will be thrown form your vehicle. The impacts of the fall could seriously injury or even kill him. The danger doesn’t stop there. Once he is in the road, your dog could be struck by another driver. He also becomes a hazard to other drivers who may swerve to avoid him, causing collisions with other cars. While it may seem like attaching a leash to the truck bed would make it safe for your dog to ride in the back, this is not the case. Restrained dogs can still be thrown about in the bed and could be strangled or dragged by their leashes.

The only method of safe dog truck travel is to keep you pooch securely enclosed in a carrier or restrained in a car seat inside the cab of the vehicle. The type of carrier that will fit will depend on your breed of dog and the interior space in your cab. Your dog should have enough room in her carrier to stand, turn, and lie down.

If you cannot accommodate the proper size carrier in your truck cab, consider a dog vehicle restraint. Dog vehicle restraints include models that boost a dog up to enable her to see out the window, folding restraints that can be kept in the car or truck, and hammock-style restraint covers with safety harness attachments. Dog vehicle restraints keep your pet safely restrained. In the event of an accident, your dog will usually fare far better if restrained. Dog vehicle restraints also keep your dog from distracting you while you are driving, keeping everyone safer. Some restraints are designed with the limited space of a pickup truck cab in mind.

Another key to safe dog truck travel is to never leave your pet unattended in your truck. Even if you think it will only be a short stop, bring the dog out of the car either in his carrier or on a leash. In hot weather, even with the windows partially opened, temperatures can reach dangerously high levels in just minutes. In cold weather, your dog’s body temperature can drop when he is confined in a small area and cannot move around enough to keep himself warm. Even if you only intend to leave the dog alone for a few minutes, you run the risk of becoming distracted and leaving your dog suffering. Dogs left in the bed of a truck are vulnerable to theft or running away.

Safe dog truck travel involves putting the safety of your dog first. Keep in mind that when your dog is safely restrained, either in a carrier or a dog vehicle restraint, he is likely to be more comfortable than when he is free to wander in the vehicle. He is definitely safer this way, and you (and other drivers on the road) are safer being free from the distractions an unrestrained dog can cause.