Dogs are man’s best friend. To be honest, they’re best friend to a lot of women too. Dogs are great to have around for companionship, playtime, and an easy excuse or motivation to get outdoors and get some exercise.
Yet, for all the benefits and joys they provide, dogs are also a major responsibility. While they are not like raising human kids, they still have to be taught, disciplined, fed, sheltered and kept safe.
You also can’t leave them alone too long sometimes, which means occasions arise where you have to transport your pups from one place to another. Staying up to speed on the laws in transporting your animals is also important. Sometimes this means transporting them in utes, and there are six primary obligations you need to tend to when you do this.
The first thing you need to do is make sure that your dog or dogs have adequate shelter within a caged enclosure. This will keep them from getting loose, but it also needs to be big enough to keep them from getting cramped or tripping over each other. There needs to be enough coverage to give them relief from sunlight, rain and wind, and it needs to be behind the cabin to spare them dust getting kicked up from in front or from other vehicles. Setups like these UTE canopies are excellent ways to serve this purpose.
The second thing you need to do within the ute is making sure that your dog is properly tethered. You can’t just let him loose in the cage. Use a chain secured in the middle of the cage at one end, and to a snug collar or harness on the other end. Also make sure both ends have swivels to prevent entanglement and that the chain is an appropriate length. You want your dog to have some room for movement but not enough to reach outside the ute.
Thirdly, be very mindful of transport during hot weather. If your dog is traveling on a metal surface, it can heat up and hurt his paws. Put something comfortable down to help out. Also make sure your dog has enough water. Remember, he cools down by panting, not by sweating.
Fourth, since trucks and utes are often used to transport other things than dogs, look out for anything loose in there that might hurt your dog. Equipment or even tools that get loose can turn into projectiles during travel that might injure or even kill a dog.
The fifth thing to avoid is choker chains. While they might have uses walking your dog, don’t use them for vehicular transport. If you have to brake quickly, a choker chain can strangle your pooch.
The last thing you need to be mindful of is outside the cage, and that is pedestrians. Keep an eye out for them, not just so that you don’t hit them, but so that you make sure they don’t try and come pet your dog. Also don’t let your dogs harass or provoke pedestrians on their own either.
Follow all these tips and guidelines, and you can get your dogs safely transported in trucks or lutes. Also be mindful of laws and regulations of any locale or territory you pass through, as breaking any ordinances can mean citations, fines and possible jail time.