One of the main reasons that we own dogs and love them so much is companionship. They are our best friends and part of our family. We enjoy every minute we can spend with our furry companions. To that end, we like to take them wherever we can, whenever we can. If we could take them everywhere, we would.
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Packing your precious pooch into the car is probably a regular occurrence. As we just stated, we would take them everywhere if we could, but how much are you thinking about safety? We want them with us, they want to come with us and how many times does that mean they jump in and have the freedom of the car as you drive? Do they snuggle on your lap? Are they sitting alone on the seat next to you?
- 1 Our pick of the best dog car harnesses
- 1.1 SlowTon Dog Car Harness with Connector Strap.
- 1.2 Happy Pet Products. Dog Seat Belt.
- 1.3 RAC Advanced 2-in-1 Safety Car Harness for Dogs.
- 1.4 Pawaboo Dog Safety Car Harness.
- 1.5 Bergan Complete Dog Car Harness System.
- 1.6 Ezydog Car Seat Belt Safety Attachment.
- 1.7 Waterproof, Breathable Pet Car Seat.
- 2 Think about the consequences!
Our pick of the best dog car harnesses
SlowTon Dog Car Harness with Connector Strap.
A breathable, mesh chest vest harness. Elastic safety belt to help absorb impact. The harness is designed around the body and shoulders so that no stress occurs around the neck. A quick release button helps with ease of use and in case of emergency. The harness connects with a regular lead to double up as a walking harness when needed. There are 4 buttons on the harness strap to allow for different adjustments for a perfect fit. The harness comes in 6 different colours and 4 different sizes. Size and fit are as follows;
Extra Small — Neck girth (11-14 inch), Chest girth ( 15-17 inch)
Small — Neck girth (15-18 inch), Chest girth (18-21 inch)
Medium — Neck girth (19-26 inch), Chest girth ( 25-34 inch)
Large — Neck girth (20-28 inch), Chest girth ( 26-36 inch)
Happy Pet Products. Dog Seat Belt.
A simple, black, adjustable seat belt that connects the dog’s harness to your car’s seat belt. 32cm long expanding to 56cm. Clips onto the D-ring of the harness. Can also be clipped onto your dog’s collar and used as a lead or lead extension if you so wish.
RAC Advanced 2-in-1 Safety Car Harness for Dogs.
Unique Y-shaped front to the harness allows for perfect fitting to the chest. RAC designed from the road safety experts. This harness comes in 5 sizes. Small, medium, large. Extra large and jumbo. Easy to adjust with strong buckles. A very durable design with soft padding for comfort. The harness doubles up as a walking harness if needed. Fully reflective for safety. Helps ‘be seen’ at night.
Pawaboo Dog Safety Car Harness.
High quality and comfortable, designed with a fully padded vest in breathable fabric. A sponge padded chest plate offers additional protection. Durable and light. A premium. Stainless steel snap hook allows for reliable and easy connection and release. The harness comes in 6 colours and doubles up as a walking harness when needed. Four sizes are offered and described as follows;
Small Size. Neck Girth: 8.26″ – 10.62″, Chest : 15.35″ – 17.71″
Medium Size. Neck Girth: 10.24″-14.57″, Chest : 16.93″-20.47″
Large Size. Neck Girth: 13.38″-18.89″, Chest : 19.3″-24.4″.
Extra Large Size. Neck Girth: 17.3″-23.6″, Chest : 25″-32.3″
Bergan Complete Dog Car Harness System.
Y-shaped, padded chest harness offers protection and comfort. Design takes any strain away from the neck of your dog. Durability thresholds are tested and stated. The harness system comes with an adjustable safety tether and two, high grade aluminium clips (carabiners). It comes in 4 sizes and 2 colours. A lightweight and comfortable option.
Ezydog Car Seat Belt Safety Attachment.
Not the actual harness, but a seat belt restraint designed to keep your dog secure during car rides. It attaches to the D-ring of your dog’s harness and keeps them in one place while allowing them to sit or lie down comfortably. Fits any size dog or harness. Stainless steel D-rings, high quality, safe and durable.
Waterproof, Breathable Pet Car Seat.
This is also not a true harness, but a great pet, booster seat which helps your pooch travel in safety and comfort. A safety tether keeps your dog secure in a padded, waterproof booster seat. Built in adjustable straps for easy installation in most vehicles. It has a zippered, front compartment to store treats, poop bags or whatever else your best friend needs for the ride. Available in 6 stylish colours. Size is approximately 40cm x 30cm x 25cm.
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Think about the consequences!
Let’s face facts. In an accident, your dog, if unrestrained can become a missile that will be launched at the windshield at the point of impact. At the very least, your dog is vulnerable and can easily be harmed or injured during a crash. Sitting on your lap, your dog simply becomes a form of crash-cushion if an impact occurs. Think about what damage the air bags in your car could do to that furry face. Not good.
Your best friend could even cause the crash. They are a happy, furry, lively distraction, guaranteed to take your eyes off the road many times during a trip. A small dog can easily end up on the floor by your feet and if you are the driver, this means potential disaster around the pedals.
So, having painted a pretty grim picture on purpose, have a good think about a dog car harness and how it could prevent all the above from happening. A small investment could save the life of your dog and be one of the best things you have ever spent money on.
At this point, it is also worth mentioning that a walking harness is usually not designed as a car harness. A harness specifically designed for use in the car absorbs and spreads the extreme force experienced in an emergency stop. It protects you and your pet. A walking harness does not. Do not confuse the two. Before we review a few of the products out there, let’s think about what you should consider in a dog car harness.
- Crash tested? Read the details and the claims that a product boasts. You want to know what kind of tests it has undergone.
- RAC approved? A good sign.
- Are the materials all approved and are they padded?
- What are the weight and size recommendations and how many points on the harness can be adjusted to ‘custom fit’ your funny shaped furball?
- Ease of use. How easy is it to put on and take off? We all know that if it is tricky to use, we might just take the easy option and not use it.
- Does it double up as a walking harness when your pooch hops out of the car?