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Old 08-06-2012, 09:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Truck Beds

As the title states I am curious about what people think of truck beds as a safe place to transport your dog? (Sorry if this was put in the wrong place.)

My boy is outgrowing the inside of my truck which is a 3 seater cab. He is at 50lbs, so at 80lbs there is no way we could fit comfortably with 2 people and him. So it has been discussed that he will have to reside in the truck bed. I never wanted to put a camper shell on my truck but for his own safety and weather protection I am willing to get him one. Since he is black and the truck bed is black the summer would be to hard on him, and during the winter we get snow. I don't think he would enjoy sitting in the snow or frying in the sun, so for him I think it would be best to get a shell. I can also put fun decals all over the shell and make the inside dog friendly with a secure bed and water.

But I was curious as to who transports their dogs in a truck bed, and how you keep them secure? Also I'm curious to know how people train their dogs to stay in the truck beds without jumping out? I have never had dogs in truck beds before so I don't know how that whole process works.


(This is a reference picture, NOT my own.)
But how does that dog stay in??

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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bad idea . but they do make truck bed carriers that secure to the bed that i think are pretty good.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would definately put a crate in the back if the truck atleast. We were coon hunting one time and had a hound tring to balance himself on the tool box just like that pic and he actually feel out of the truck.. after a large vet bill and a few broken bones nobody rides in the back here without a crate
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I would also have the crate bolted into the truck bed.

Even if you train the dog to stay in the truck bed; get into an accident and not only is the dog probably dead, but it becomes a flying missle that could potentially take out someone else.

If the crate isn't bolted in, seems it would be even worse as a flying projectile.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with the others, the shell sounds great as does bolting a crate to the bed.

Growing up we had a border collie and a heeler at one point and while driving around thee farm, not on big roads or highways, the dogs kind of just jumped in the bck and stayed there...we never had any issues...NOT that I recommend it though!!! The pit bulls we never did this with.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I made a leash for my bed.. it clipped on the tiedown rings and had a steel ring in the middle w/ a leash that wouldnt allow them over the edge
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Its illegal here to drive a dog around Massachusetts loose in the back of a truck bed like the idiot in that pic is doing. 600 dogs died riding unrestrained like that one year and I don't care if you live in the country where there is less traffic / cars......it's just a stupid idea. I would definitely bolt a crate down in the back or hook your dog up to a tether and make it short enough so that he can only stick his head out over the side....not any body parts
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Totally get a dog box if you are going to do this. If you know a good carpenter you can make one out of wood, or you could buy a cool diamond plate aluminum one.

I think Shells are ugly and turns the truck into an SUV/Van lookin thing. Plus dog boxes are easier to remove when you need to use it as a truck.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've ridden my dogs in truck beds for as long as I've had pits.
The DA dogs get restraint. The others, they roam, drool, flap their gums, smile, bark and ogle the folks in traffic.
I know alot of people that ride dogs in their truck.
I guess it's personal ability and digression.
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it is also illegal here to transport in the truck bed un tethered. I think it is unsafe anyway's and would never do it, secure a crate back there and do it that way. I was in an accident years ago bringing down a load of hay from the farm and we blew a tire. We had 2 dogs with us a min pin and a lab puppy, the puppy was crated behind the seat in the truck and was safe during our spin outs and flying across the freeway, the min pin who was not secure even if it was the cab of the truck was tossed around and injured { not critical but was injured}. I can't imagine if a dog had been in the truck bed he would have been thrown from it and possibly killed. I don't see the risk being worth it here.

On a funnier note I saw two trucks once pull up to a red light , both had shephards and the dogs decided to switch places lol. Luckly one of the drivers seen this happen and he flagged the other truck down to stop and they switched dogs.

Even if you have a canopy I would still atleast tie him down, last thing you want is a dog being thrown around back there .
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As a kid I rode around in a back of a truck with our mutts. never had a problem with it. it was always fun. I would say if you had to do it restrain the dog so he won't jump out. occasionally I'd place my dogs in the back they never jumped out or anything but I kinda live in the middle of no where
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I've never heard of the dog boxes before. My only concern is that dogs might get to hot in the box, the temp out here can sky rocket and plummet. It can be over 100 and below 0. I think the lowest I have seen was -7 degrees. Does anyone know how well they can insulate or ventilate?
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I know I tend to over-analyze, and my tolerance for risk is like...zero...

so that said; the tethering would make me nervous. Even if it is too short for the dog to jump over the side...a car accident could potentially send the dog flying and snap it's neck.
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if you have really hot temps like that I would advise to leave the dog at home or let them travel in the cab of the truck . Unless you have a canopy on and some way to cool it down back there. I know with the canopy on here it still gets hot in there, and being ina crate in the sun would cook them as well. I agree with the boxes being metal that would also heat up.
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