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Dear Daisy Dog

Recently I’ve seen dogs riding loose in the beds of pickup trucks. Do the dogs ever jump or fall out?

Daisy Responds

Yes, and that’s why six states have made it illegal to let a dog ride loose in the back of an open pickup truck. It’s dangerous for the dog and for nearby drivers.

If the pickup hits a bump or the driver has to swerve, the dog can easily be thrown from the truck. If he isn’t killed or badly injured by the fall, he will be if he’s hit by oncoming cars.
And drivers can have accidents when they swerve to avoid hitting the dog in the road.

The best place for a dog is inside the cab in a dog crate or buckled into a dog seat belt. If the dog must be in the back of the truck, he should be confined safely inside a kennel that is firmly anchored to the truck.

A good choice is a ventilated dog crate with solid sides and top to prevent injury from stones thrown from the road surface, branches of nearby trees, cold winds and glaring sun. These dog crates are available at pet supply stores and through catalogs.

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