Archive for January, 2012
There have been a few times when our dogs Sephi and Maya stepped on the seat belt and released the dog car harness tether, thereby defeating the purpose of making them safe in the car. I couldn’t duct-tape the seat belt button and I had no other solution – that is, not until I heard about Angel Guard.
Angel Guard is a plastic cover which goes over the seat belt receptacle. The seat belt cannot be unbuckled until the plastic cover of the Angel Guard is removed. This product was designed to keep young children from unbuckling themselves, but who says it can’t be used to keep your dog from unbuckling himself?
The Angel Guard is easy to put on and it is easy for an adult to remove. But it is too strong for a young child to remove and too durable to be chewed by a dog.
If the tether on your dog’s dog car harness uses the seat belt of your car, consider the Angel Guard. Your dog won’t be able to step on the seat belt and accidentally disconnect his tether. Any dog car harness tether which uses the loop-system, like our Tru-Fit Smart dog car harness will benefit from the Angel Guard.
*Please note, the Angel Guard will not work with the standard, Guardian Gear, Cruising Companion, or Ride Right brands of dog car harness. These brands have a tether which buckles directly into the seat belt receptacle, but unfortunately, the tether is too narrow for the Angel Guard to work properly.
We have added an extra small dog car harness from Kurgo to our Pet Auto Safety.com website. In the past, the smallest dog who could wear a Kurgo Tru-Fit dog car harness was a small dog with a 16-22 inch girth. Because there are a lot of dogs who are much smaller than this, some customers could not use a Kurgo brand dog car harness.
Since Kurgo has now added an extra small dog car harness, little dogs with a girth between 12-18 inches can now wear the Tru-Fit dog car harness. The Kurgo Tru-Fit dog car harness secures your dog in the car using the loop-system tether. The tether on the back of the harness is a loop in which the seat belt of your car goes through. This restricts your dog’s movement a bit, but that is a good thing since he will not be tossed around so much in the event of a car accident.
The extra small Kurgo Tru-Fit dog car harness is still not the smallest dog car harness that Pet Auto Safety has. The standard Guardian Gear dog car harness brand should fit little dogs with a girth as small as 10 inches. The PetBuckle dog car harness brand should also fit little dogs with a girth as small as 10 inches.
People visiting our pet travel safety website (PetAutoSafety.com) have been asking if we have a replacement tether for a dog car harness. The answer used to be no because the manufacturers of our dog car harness brands did not offer them. But now we have Bergan. Here is a product review of the Bergan replacement tether for a dog car harness.
The manufacturers of the Bergan dog car harness brand offer a replacement tether for a dog car harness. The best part about the Bergan replacement tether is that it can be used with any brand of dog car harness. The Bergan replacement tether for a dog car harness uses carabiner clips which allows it to clip onto the back of almost any dog car harness brand including Guardian Gear, Cruising Companion, Pet Buckle, and Kurgo. The carabiner clip of the replacement tether for a dog car harness will attach to any seat belt system (as pictured below).
Bergan strength tests their products and so the replacement tether for a dog car harness from Bergan has been tested to make sure it will withstand over a thousand pounds of pressure (enough to hold a large dog in a car accident).
If your dog chews the tether on his dog car harness, you don’t have to purchase a whole new dog car harness. As long as your dog car harness has a place to clip a large carabiner, you can get the Bergan replacement tether.
After a recent incident with my new dog Pierson, I thought it would be a great idea to install the Car Door Guards from Kurgo in order to protect my vehicle’s interior. I couldn’t believe how easy they were to install and how nice they look in my car.
The Car Door Guards from Kurgo are made from a waterproof material, making them easy to clean. The material is the same khaki color as the khaki Pet Wander Hammock and Backseat Bridge, also made by Kurgo. The Car Door Guards stay in place with these plastic tabs which slide easily between the window and door panel of your car. They stay in place very well but are easy to remove if you wish to take them down.
The Car Door Guards from Kurgo is one of many great products added to Pet Auto Safety.com in 2012. Keep an eye on our blog for a review of other great pet auto safety products.
Maya in the car furnished with the Houndstooth pet car seat cover, Backseat Bridge from Kurgo, Car Door Covers from Kurgo, and the BreezeGuard Window Screens. Maya is wearing her dog car harness as well.
I love this product! In the past, I have used a similar product from Outward Hound. When I found out about one from Kurgo, I had to try it out. Kurgo makes very high quality products including the Tru-Fit Smart dog car harness, the Wander Hammock, and the Kurgo Cargo Cape. These products are a bit pricy as compared to similar products but they are far more durable.
The Backseat Bridge has lots of other great features that the one from Outward Hound didn’t have. The flaps that go up from the back of the seats help to keep my dogs from stepping in the crack between the Backseat Bridge and the back of the seat. The barrier in the center of the Backseat Bridge is sturdier and my dogs can’t push it down to get their heads on the center console. The Backseat Bridge is waterproof so that muddy paw prints and other liquids are easy to clean. The Backseat Bridge also matches better with your car’s interior. The one from Outward Hound only came in blue. But the Backseat Bridge is black on one side and khaki on the other, so you can choose which color is best for your car. I chose the khaki and matched it up with a brown houndstooth pet car seat cover.
The Backseat Bridge from Kurgo attaches easily. Simply wrap the top straps around the front seat headrests of your car. Then wrap the bottom straps around the bottom part of your seat, between the back and cushion. When you tighten these straps, anyone sitting in those front seats won’t even notice them.
The Backseat Bridge and other pet travel products from Kurgo and other companies can be found on Pet Auto Safety.com. Stay tuned for reviews on some of our other new pet travel products.
We just posted about one of our new pet car travel products, the Auto Zip Line from Kurgo. But this isn’t the only one of our new pet car travel products. We have several. Keep checking us out for more reviews on pet travel products such as the Backseat Bridge from Kurgo, the Car Door Guards from Kurgo, replacement tethers from Bergan for just about any dog car harness brand, and the AngelGuard seat belt protector.
For years I used the Extend-A-Seat from Outward Hound. But after an incident with my new dog Pierson who got a severe bloody nose, I decided to replace it with the Backseat Bridge from Kurgo. It is a bit more expensive but it is well worth it. It is much stronger and does a much better job of acting as a barrier between seats. It also has those nice flaps against the seat so that my dog doesn’t accidentally step in the space between the bridge and the seat. I just added the Car Door Guards as well (not yet added in photo of my car above). It is the same khaki color as the Backseat Bridge and goes perfectly with my new car interior. I have not yet decided if I am going to use the Auto Zip Line. The Auto Zip Line gives more freedom for my dogs to move around, but that could be harmful in the event of an emergency car maneuver. The Auto Zip Line from Kurgo is great for dogs who MUST move around in the car or they will be anxious. I also don’t use the AngelGuard. It is not needed for the Bergan or PetBuckle dog car harness brands. And it won’t work with the Guardian Gear or Cruising Companion dog car harness brands. The AngelGuard is only helpful for dog car harness brands like the Tru-Fit Smart dog car harness which uses the entire seat belt system of the car to restrain your dog.
Visit us again for more information on these great pet car travel products, new to Pet Auto Safety.com in 2012!
January is the start of a new year for a bunch of new pet travel safety products. Although the Kurgo Auto Zip Line has been around for some time, it is the first time that we here a Pet Auto Safety are selling it. Why didn’t we sell the Auto Zip Line before? Because we are a small company and can’t afford to keep a huge inventory of so many different products. But after hearing so many great things and after getting a request from a customer, we decided to check it out.
And boy are we pleased! The Kurgo Auto Zip Line is a great way to allow your dog to move around more in the car. If you have a calm dog, there is no need to get the Auto Zip Line. But if your dog is like my Labrador Maya who likes to move around a lot and go side to side to check out the windows then the Auto Zip Line is perfect.
The Kurgo Auto Zip Line is used in conjunction with any of our dog car harness brands. It allows your dog to move back and forth in the back seat but keeps him from going forward. It will also keep your dog from jumping out of the car when you open the door. The Auto Zip line comes with a leash which you can simply disconnect from the Kurgo Auto Zip Line and walk your dog out. No more bolting from the car!
Keep visiting our blog to find out about our other new pet travel safety products.
When you put on the Bergan dog car harness for the first time, it can seem a bit complicated. Adjusting the neck size and girth size is not as easy as the instructions make it seem. Luckily, Bergan has a great instruction video to help us out.
Once you learn how to put on the Bergan dog car harness, you never have to adjust the sizing again (except perhaps for minor re-fittings due to extended use or your dog changes weight). Once it is sized, it is super easy to put on and use again and again.
Check out Dougie in his Bergan dog car harness! His mom thanked us for sending this to her and she says she really likes it. It fits Dougie very well and he seems comfortable in it. Dougie’s mom apologized for the not being able to see the Bergan dog car harness very well in the photo. She has a two door car so getting a picture of him in the back seat at a good angle was difficult. I think the photo looks great! What do you think? Do you have a photo of your dog wearing a dog car harness? Share it with us. Share your pet travel stories and your dog car harness review too!