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The Humane Society estimates that approximately 100,000 dogs are killed each year in accidents involving pickup trucks.
Consider the following situations:
While you might think that leashing your dog or tying it to the bed of the truck may prevent any of the above instances, doing so may pose an even greater risk. Dogs tied down may attempt to jump out, thereby causing themselves to be dragged or even strangled by their own leash.
If you must travel with your dog in the bed of a pickup truck, please keep him or her in a sturdy travel kennel or crate. Such a kennel should be fastened securely to the truck bed. Kennels and crates may be purchased at any pet store (i.e. PetSmart, PetCo, and even Walmart). Remember, however, that even a secure dog is still exposed to the elements. Be sure to limit the amount of exposure to extreme heat or cold.