On our way to the lure course today, we saw two different vehicles driving on a highway at speeds of 55-65mph. Both of these pick-up trucks had dogs in them, one a beautiful Golden Retriever and the other was a large mix of some kind I think, also a very pretty dog. Both of these dogs were hanging out the passenger side window from about chest height or little lower.
The day before that as we were headed for the grocery store we found ourselves behind a pick-up truck which had four dogs riding in the open bed. I won’t tell you what I thought about the drivers of these vehicles putting their dogs in these dangerous situations because I would have to censor the comment. What I will say is “what the hell is wrong with you people?”
Just a few common-sense things that come to mind that are dangrous about this practice are:
Think of yourself riding shotgun with your head sticking out the window at 65mph. I’ll bet you don’t do it for long. People don’t generally allow their children to ride in the car with their heads sticking out because they know it’s not safe. Why then let your dog do it? Does the fact that it’s a dog and not a child make it any more safe? I think not.
There are some states already that have passed laws requiring that animals riding in vehicles to be properly and safely restrained with more states are following their lead. But that’s another topic I’m saving for another day.
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I have been always against letting your dog do that. I have have let them hang outside the window while our vehicle is in motion.
I’m going to venture a guess from your post that what you really meant was that you never let your dogs hang outside the window while your vehicle is in motion. Way to go!
Thank you for posting this blog! I had no idea that it’s very bad to let your dog hang its head out the window!!