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Carefree Highway?

Dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks may look like they're having fun. With nose testing the wind and ears flopping, the dogs seem to enjoy the trip, and they get to go with their masters, after all. Whether the dog enjoys the ride or not, she is in great danger riding in an open truck bed. If you hit a bump, swerve to avoid an obstacle, or brake suddenly, the dog could easily fly out of the truck. If the fall doesn't injure or kill the dog, another driver may cause ensuing accidents.

Carrying dogs in pickups poses a threat to both the animal and other motorists. Simply tying a dog in the truck bed is not enough. Ropes and leases become nooses if the dog should be jolted out of the truck. The wind whipping through the dog's ears is full of dirt, debris, and gravel that can lodge in the eyes, nose, or ears and cause serious damage. Take your dog along for the ride, but let her ride secured in the front seat with you. She will enjoy the trip a lot more if she doesn't have to fight for her life against gravity, momentum, and traffic to get there.


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