|Surely not an open truck bed. With a shell over the top, in other words an unheated covered truck bed, a good blanket in the kennel bottom should provide some snuggle warmth. But then again depends on the weather outside. Sub freezing weather......I'd want the dog close to the cab with the window between cab and bed open for heat. OES do well in cold weather, that undercoat serves it's purpose. No shell in the pickup bed, board the dog. The wind chill would be too great especially if the dog got wet.|
|I cringe when I see dogs in their crates on the highway. Most of the crates aren't secured, so wrecks are a huge concern.|
It's windy, noisy (wind noise anyone?), to hot or too cold.
My dogs all ride inside the SUV. In fact, I traded the Mustang in for a dog-appropriate vehicle.
|I say keep the dog in the cab with you. Even an enclosed pickup, in cold weather it gets like a freezer back there. And its noisy and scary for any dog, nevermind a young pup. I would ride in the back before I'd let my dog travel back there!|
|I would never allow my dog in the back of a truck. If they can't go inside, don't take him. It is scary and noisy as well as very dangerous. Find a dogsitter and leave him home. He will have a better time and be soooooooo happy to see you when you get home!|
|I'm going to stick my neck out here - there can be exceptions.|
I'm in MN, and yes it gets cold.
Many dogs are transported for events, etc in trucks - but not just any truck, or any dog.
1) I'm going to make an assumption that you have a fully enclosed topper on this truck - however if it's a crate in an open truck bed - NEVER! You can't predict rain or snow on a long trip, summer is hot, winter is cold, and the wind is even colder. You are just asking for pneumonia or worse. Also, this is a very frightening way for a dog to travel. Imagine yourself back there, and being out on the roads with all the traffic, semis whooshing up and past....not good.
2) Experience traveling? This is a long trip. Has your dog done any long travels on a regular basis? This is a pup too, right? A long, multi day trip (even in the car with you) can really mess up a dog who isn't used to it. Vomiting, car sickness, stress causes gastric upset (diarrhea), and they can have mental issues as a result for life if they have a bad experience with it.
Now, on the other hand - many dogs go on trips in trucks. I grew up field trialing Brittanys, and we drove all over the midwest with our dogs. They had built in, sturdy wooden travel crates permanently fixed in the pickup, under the topper. They did this on short trips as young dogs, and then longer trips as they grew older. it's part of their training.These dogs were also kennel dogs for the most part, and fully acclimated to whatever the weather was at that time. That is totally different from asking a non-acclimated dog to ride in outdoor temps for full days. That's just cruel.
Also - people with many sport dogs ( pro handlers of field trial dogs, coonhounds, sled dogs) have specially built dog trucks with the back part all kennels for the dogs, with doors for each dog.
Again, these dogs are acclimated to the weather, they learn to ride like this in short trips as young dogs and for them it is normal and safe.
This is from a sled dog race up in Ely MN (up on the Gunflint Trail ), and a team from Canada.
|You could always rent a vehicle so that everyone is comfortable......|
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