Like most of us, you have probably seen more than one pickup truck going down the road with a dog standing in the back with his face in the wind. You would think that as much as the dog seems to be enjoying himself, that it wouldn't be a big deal getting him to hop up in the back. And, while it might look like fun for the dog, if he is not properly secured, your dog could become injured or worse.
So, if you are going to have your dog ride in the back of your truck, be sure he has some way to remain safe and secure while he is there. This being said, there is no reason you can't train your dog to ride in the back of your truck provided you have a proper restraint system in place or that you are not cruising down the open highway. Remember, the safety of your pup is paramount.
The basic concept is that you will be training your dog to jump up into the back of your pickup truck and then to remain there while you are driving. Getting him in there is only one part of the problem and probably the easiest. The hard part is getting him to stay in place. This means staying put not only while you are moving down the road, but when you come to stop signs, red lights, and anywhere else where you and your vehicle come to a halt.
Bear in mind that if your pup should get it in his mind to jump out of your truck, he is at risk of serious injury or worse. No matter what, be sure you secure your pup in the back of your truck with a leash or a topper to avoid the risk of injury.
The first step in training your dog to jump into the back of your truck is getting him to physically jump into the bed. After that, you need to spend a lot of time getting him used to being in the bed both while your truck is in motion and at a stop. Keeping him in the back of the truck is relatively easy, making him stay there is a different picture.
But before you start training your pup to ride in the bed, be sure to check local and state laws as many states now have laws in place making the transportation of live animals, such as dogs unsecured in the back of a pickup truck, illegal.