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November 4, 2013

Here is a simplified but extensive list of the pros and cons of the dog seat belts we currently have available at PetAutoSafety.com:

Maya ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt kepy my crazy dog Maya in her seat.

CLICKIT UTILITY CANINE CAR HARNESS

Pro and Con – This harness is very restrictive on your dog. This is a pro because the Center for Pet Safety has concluded that the more restricted your dog is, the safer he is likely to be in a car accident. This is a con because some dogs hate to be restricted. While the ClickIt Utility allows your dog to sit and lie down, it does not allow him to stand. And he cannot move around very easily.

Pros
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The top rated brand in regards to safety
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Three point attachment system for ultimate safety
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Padded vest
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Vest lies low on the chest to prevent choking
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Can easily be used for walking as well as riding
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Keeps your dog on the seat
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Prevents side-to-side movements, which can be beneficial in an auto accident
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Comes in three different colors

Cons
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It can’t be used for very small dogs. The extra small is actually for larger small dogs.
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It can only be used in the back seat and only if your vehicle is a 2001 model and later. These newer vehicles have latchbars located between the seat cushions and they are necessary in order to secure your dog with the ClickIt Utility harness.
* Your dog will not be able to stand up or move around while wearing this canine car harness
* Can be difficult putting it on and adjusting it for the first time
* Some reported that when dogs try to move around, they get tangled in the securing straps.

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Expensive

Ruff Rider Roadie Dog Seat Belt

The Ruff Rider Roadie, in business since 1996, is the next best safety brand after the ClickIt.

RUFF RIDER ROADIE

Pros
* The Ruff Rider Roadie is n
ot as restrictive as the ClickIt Utility so your dog can move around a little more
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Safety rating is better than most other brands tested (except ClickIt)
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Converts easily into a walking harness
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Pleated under the front legs in order to prevent chaffing
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Available for almost every size of dog
* Your dog may be able to sit, stand, or lie down while wearing the Ruff Rider Roadie
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Can be used with a car seat belt or in the cargo area if cargo rings are present
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Pressure in a car accident goes on the dog’s chest, not is throat, so no choking
* Made in the USA

Cons
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No padded vest
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Tether adjustment is minimal
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A dog that tries to moves around a lot could get tangled. Using the longer adjustment or using the carabiner to secure your dog instead could help prevent this. But a longer tether decreases safety.
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Because it doesn’t restrict your dog as much as the ClickIt, there is risk that your dog will launch off the seat or side to side in a car accident.
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Tether is non-detachable. It can be used as a leash for walking but is not very long.
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Comes only in one color
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Pricy (not as expensive than the ClickIt but more expensive than many other brands)

Pierson Wearing Bergan Dog Seat Belt

Pierson looks very handsome in his padded Bergan dog seat belt harness. And he doesn’t get tangled in the adjustable tether.

BERGAN DOG SEAT BELT HARNESS

Pros
* The Bergan canine car harness has a v
ery well padded vest
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Fits all but very small dogs
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Depending on if your vehicle has cargo rings, it may be used in the cargo area of an SUV
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Neck and chest strap is fully adjustable
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Less risk of tangling with this tether
* Tether is adjustable in length
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Affordable pricing

Cons
* The Bergan c
an’t easily be used as a walking harness
* The small may be too big for smaller small dogs
* Failed crash testing at extra-large size
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Padding comes a little higher up the chest. Unknown risk of choking.
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Because it doesn’t restrict your dog as much as the ClickIt, there is risk that your dog will launch off the seat or side to side in a car accident.
* Can be a challenge when putting it on and adjusting it for the first time
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Comes only in one color (mossy oak was another color but has been discontinued and only available while supplies last)

Maya Go-Tech Pet Seat Belts

The raspberry Kurgo Go-Tech is the perfect color for my girl Maya. I love the padded chest and how it lies lower and looser around the neck.

KURGO DOG SEAT BELTS

Pros
* Kurgo dog seat belts have a p
added vest
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Can easily be used as a walking harness
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Walking leash can be attached at the back or the front of the chest to limit pulling
* Kurgo
Go-Tech style has a low and loose neck to prevent choking
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Lots of cool colors available
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Affordable pricing

Cons
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Tru-Fit style failed at 25lb and 75lb crash testing (passed at 45lbs)
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It can only be used with the seat belt of the car. It can’t be used in the cargo area.
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Dogs that like to move around can get tangled in the tether mechanism. The direct connect tether can be purchased separately and can help prevent tangling. However, a longer tether means a decrease in safety.
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Go-Tech style neck is not adjustable
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Because it doesn’t restrict your dog as much as the ClickIt, there is risk that your dog will launch off the seat or side to side in a car accident.

Guardian Gear Plaid Dog Seat Belts

These plaid dog seat belts from Guardian Gear are adorable, but consider them as a prevention against driver distraction rather than for safety.

GUARDIAN GEAR / CRUISING COMPANION (STANDARD)

Pros
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Very inexpensive
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Lots of cool colors and styles
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Some are padded
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No tangling or twisting with the tethers
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Can be used as a walking harness

Cons
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Not designed to hold up in a car accident. May help to keep dogs from being a distraction to the driver and may help for sudden stops, but there are no other safety features.
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Some may come up high on the neck, risking choking
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Our site has limited colors and sizes available because we are no longer keeping this dog seat belt harness brand in stock.

We hope this list is helpful. If you have any other questions or concerns about our dog seat belt harness brands, please feel free to email us at naturebydawn@aol.com.

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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Follow Up Friday #17

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 1, 2013

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Welcome to Follow Up Friday hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Jo-Ann from Sand Spring Chesapeakes.

I don’t have much to follow up on this Friday because, well, because I haven’t been blogging lately. I sincerely apologize for that and will get back on track right away. The reason I haven’t blogged lately is because I haven’t been feeling my best. Don’t worry, though, it’s nothing serious. In fact, it is actually a positive thing. I’ll fill you in on my other blog (AmericanDogBlog.wordpress.com) on Monday.

Since I haven’t posted much in a while, I only have a few comments from my last Follow Up Friday to comment on.

Snoopy from Snoopy’s Dog Blog said, “Funny to see you say about escaping from the seat belt harness, I did that when I was a pup and I climbed over two rows of seats and was very proud of myself! Unfortunately I then got a new harness that I couldn’t escape from – doh!”

LOL! Maya feels the same way about being thwarted by her dog seat belt. She’s never tried to escape from one, but I know she’s thought about it. She tried to chew hers off when she was a pup. Luckily, she was only going on short trips at that time so I was able to keep her from doing too much damage.

I hear about dogs being able to get out of their car harnesses all the time. The only dog seat belt that I think would be almost impossible to escape from is the ClickIt Utility. However, a dog that can’t wiggle out of his, might chew it off instead. The ClickIt might be the closest thing to escape proof, but it definitely isn’t chew proof.

Mollie with Mollie’s dog Treats.uk said, “I like follows up then I never miss anything. Have ordered mollies new seat belt. Have a super weekend xxoxxx

Thanks, Mollie! I’m so glad you ordered a new dog seat belt. Just curious, which brand did you get? Can you tell us your experience with it so far?

Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews said, “I know, I know, I know that this is a silly question, but my Hunny started me thinking about it. And it’s not safety, necessarily. Do y’all have chicken hammocks? Your dog car hammock got me thinking. Hunny wants to put hammocks in the chicken coop. I think he’s crazy.”

Oh Flea! You crack me up!!! 😀 Sorry, but no. We do not have chicken hammocks. Sounds like an interesting idea, though. I wonder if there is a market for chicken hammocks? Probably not. But did you know there is a market for chicken sweaters? Visit my Fun Pets Pinterest board to see.

A WINNER SELECTED

I’m thrilled to announce the winner of the new ClickIt Utility dog seat belt is Katherine Breton!!!

Congratulations Katherine!

ClickIt Utility Pet Car Harness

The Sleepypod ClickIt Utility Pet Car Harness

Remember, most sizes and colors of the new ClickIt Utility are out of stock until mid-November. It is not just me that is out of stock. It is everyone. The supplier, Sleepypod, sold out quickly when this new car harness came out and its top safety designation announced.

Once Sleepypod has more in stock, they will send us more. If you’d like to reserve one, let me know. I can keep one aside for you for in case they sell out quickly again. BTW, dog car harnesses make great holiday gifts. 😉

Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

 

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