Pickup trucks are a popular vehicle in the United States. Unfortunately, many models are not equipped with a backseat. Even with four-door models, dogs are often put in the truck bed to protect the vehicle from shedding and dog dirt– and to give Fido some fresh air.
Putting your dog in a truck bed, even for a short ride, is a HORRIBLE idea. In fact, American Humane reports more than 100,000 dogs die each year from truck bed accidents.
Some of the issues are obvious: Dogs are not protected while on a truck bed. They are not secured by a doggy seat belt nor protected from other vehicles, flying debris, or short stops.
Not only are dogs vulnerable to what humans can control, they are also DOGS. Even well-trained dogs are still naturally curious and have been known to jump out of truck beds to investigate whatever has piqued their interest. Also, naturally calm, well-adjusted dogs can still get spooked and jump out causing catastrophic results.
There are reports of dogs being fatally injured from jumping out of truck beds– and humans in other cars trying to avoid them with devastating consequences themselves.