One of the things I was most looking forward to when I brought home my little pup was going on a drive with my beloved furball on my lap, and him sticking his head out the window, tongue flapping in the wind. Living that life on the country side…
I mean come on! It’s the typical “happy summer day” movie moment! Your rocking a pair of aviators as you cruise down the street on a warm sunny day with the ol’ doggo happily sniffing the sky out the window.
Now as you may know, ladies and gentlemen, movies don’t depict reality, they depict fantasy.
I don’t mean to say that having your dog stick her head out the window is a purely fantastical idea! I’m just saying that it might just not be the safest idea. It’s sad that this happens because dog owners never knew how dog safety harness works.
So now you may be asking me, “Go ahead, tell me, Mr. Ruins-Fun-Ideas-for-my-Dog, what is the safest way?”
Before you get all irate with me! I’m just saying there are safer alternatives out there!
Let me ease you into this idea with probably the most popular option out there.
The most basic type of dog car harness
The most easiest and affordable way to ensure that your dog is safe is by getting them a dog seat belt. There’s a reason why it’s required by the law that we wear seatbelts. None of us want any accidents to happen, but you never know and we want to minimize the risk as much as possible.
These dog seat belts really serve 3 important functions:
- Prevent you, the driver, from being distracted their adorable bumbling around
- Keep your lovable fur baby safe in case of emergency
- Can help keep your pup comfortable
As they all taught us in drivers ed, the worst type of driver is a distracted driver, whether they are distracted by their cell phone, laptop, baby, or puppy. If you’re too busy scratching Fido between the ears, you won’t be able to drive at your best abilities. That spells disaster for everyone and everything involved.
The doggy seat belt also serves to keep your puppy safe. Rather than having her/him bounce around the seats or sniffing around in the trunk, it keeps him/her safely secured to the seats.
Dog gets nervous..
If you’ve ever had a pup or dog that got nervous and anxious during a thunderstorm, your veterinarian or fellow dog lover probably suggested you guys try out a thundershirt. If you aren’t aware of how they work, it’s actually pretty simple.
During times when your dog gets anxious and you can’t be there, the thundershirt helps apply a gentle but reassuring pressure, sort of like a hug, to keep them calm. Easy peasy.
It is scientifically proven effective to calm anxiety, fear, and over-excitement issues. Easy to use, the little item is adjustable for just the right pressure to calm your dog.
The good thing about a thundershirt is that it is a great dog car harness equipment as well as it doesn’t require any actual training and my dogs find it super comfortable.
Dog car harness seat belts
Now, back to the doggy seat belt harness. The seat belt harness basically plays a similar role and reassures your pup, especially useful if your pup gets anxious and worked up over car rides.
Depending on the size and age of your pup, the doggy safety seat belt harnesses vary, but here are some of the most commonly used ones.
Every dog owner needs this. I’d been guilty of letting my dog ride in the car unharnessed for quick rides. Luckily nothing ever happened, but with something as easy as this device, there’s no reason to take a risk. I tried different types of safety devices on the market to protect him in the car, but they were inconvenient and difficult to get on. I’ve found this type of belt to be the best and most convenient which ensures that I consistently use it. The nicest part of this is that I can use his own harness which I know fits him perfectly and that he’d be wearing out anyhow. You need to measure and adjust the belt to be certain it’s not too long or it defeats the purpose. My dog typically rides in the back seat so I make it short enough so that if the car stops quickly, he won’t make contact with the seat in front of him. When he occasionally rides up front, I adjust it for the dashboard. It’s very easy to change the length and clip on. I only use it with a harness since I worry that stopping short with it clipped to his collar could injure his neck. Also, if riding in the front, most cars have a safety feature that turns off the airbag if the passenger is under a certain weight. This only triggers if the seat belt is engaged so using this device which clips into the seat belt component is ideal.
Another super affordable dog car harness accessory that you should have when it comes to taking your dog out.
Let’s go over some of the features of this dog seat belt leash:
- Made from durable nylon fabric, nickel fittings are rust-proof
- Restrain your pets safely and enable them to sit, stand or lie down in a car without distracting the driver
- Flexible nylon fabric bungee with buffer damping design could protect your dog from sudden brake
- Adjustable length: the length of the belt with simple pull can be adjusted within a range from 52.5 to 77.5 cm
My most favorite thing about this dog leash is how it’s adjustable. That is important to me because I have a few dogs and they’re not the same size, so this helps a lot.
Recently I was rear-ended in my truck while stopped in traffic. My Schipperke was secured in the front seat using this harness, and came out unscathed. The harness worked, and I’m so glad that I made him wear it religiously, my dog never rides loose.
This dog car harness gets 5 stars from me as far as saving my dog, but one thing that I can’t say this is the best because the quality isn’t the highest, the chest pad has frayed and started to come apart at the top (prior to the accident, and not from chewing) and the way the straps and chest pad are designed seem like they put a lot of force in a relatively small area in a collision.
I love this one and this is one of the only ones that come with life time warranty. That makes me feel like I got my money’s worth.
Built for car safety and comfort; integrates directly with car seatbelt system; dog car harness is crash tested up to 130lbs at an established university testing facility using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for child restraint systems.
Most importantly, this one is light weight and I tend to leave this one in my van.
Large size fits dogs with 18 to 30-inch neck, 24 to 34-inch chest. This works well for my bigger doggies.
Dog car harness is important
I hope this article helped everyone. If you’re someone who never considered buying a dog car harness accessory, now it’s the time to consider it. Of course we never want accidents to happen, but it’s unpredictable at times, so we have to be prepared for it.
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