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July 26, 2013

We didn’t have many pet travel safety questions this past week. Our dog blog is more of an informational blog and doesn’t inspire a lot of comments. We do have a lot of readers, though. And our readers generally prefer to ask their questions by email or phone.

Which Size Dog Safety Belt Should I Get?

An important question that came up and comes up often is, how do you know what size of dog safety belt to get? This is not always easy since each manufacturer determines its own size standards. Take the recent review on the Kurgo Go-Tech pet seat belt. The medium size should fit most dogs between 25 and 50 pounds, but there are so many different shapes and sizes of dogs within this range that it is impossible for this size to fit them all. Consider a Bulldog, and then consider a Whippet. Both could fit within Kurgo’s medium weight range. But the neck of a Whippet is so small and narrow while the Bulldog’s is thick. I doubt the medium Kurgo Go-Tech would fit the Whippet while it might fit the Bulldog perfectly.

The medium Kurgo Tru-Fit style, on the other hand, might fit both dogs since the neck size is adjustable. The Ruff Rider Roadie also has an adjustable neck size (except smaller sizes). For both the Kurgo and the Ruff Rider Roadie, the most important size measurement is the girth size. The girth size is the measurement around your dog’s chest just behind the front legs. See how to measure your dog’s girth (chest) below.

Maya's Measurement for Dog Seat Belt

Maya gets her girth measured to see what size of dog seat belt is right for her.

The Bergan dog safety belt is the most flexible when it comes to sizing. Both the neck and the chest sizes are fully adjustable. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Italian Greyhound or a Mastiff. It is the weight of the dog that is most important. However, the small Bergan may be too big for really tiny dogs like Chihuahuas. And while the extra-large Bergan is the largest of all the extra-large size brands we have, it still may be too small for really big dogs with a chest (girth) size greater than 50 inches around.

Pros and Cons of Each Brand of Seat Belts for Dogs

Gizmo from Terrier Torrent commented about a recent review we posted on the new Kurgo Go-Tech harness. He liked how the review listed both the pros and the cons. We like it to. What works for me and my dogs may not work for you and yours. There are a lot of factors to consider. Check out our post from February 16th, 2013 where we attempt to list the pros and cons of our four most popular brands – Compare Pet Seat Belt Brands. This post does not yet include the Kurgo Go-Tech since this is a brand new style.

Help us out for the next Follow Up Friday by asking more questions about pet travel safety. Don’t just ask about seat belts for dogs. Ask about other products. And ask us some general pet travel questions too. We’d love to help. 🙂 And we will give you the pros as well as the cons.

Thank you, Heart Like a Dog, for hosting the Follow Up Friday blog hop!

 

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8 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #4 – Pet Travel Safety Questions”

  1. Hawk aka BrownDog:

    Hi Y’all!

    Great post.

    Buying a seat belt really perplexed my Human. I ate one. She bought a different brand and I chewed the seat belt.

    I prefer my crate but it’s too big to go in the sedan. Now she’s talkin’ about gettin’ a different strap attachment that is longer.

    Do you think she thinks I won’t find a way to outsmart the dang thing? (smirk)

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  2. SephiAndMaya:

    LOL! Chewing through harnesses is a common problem. We usually provide a tip sheet to give some ideas on how to keep a dog from chewing through or escaping from his harness. One tip is training the dog to get used to the harness. This can be a lot of work and take a long time. Another tip is to use a no-chew spray on the harness. And your idea of a longer strap is a good one too. Here’s a link to an article we wrote on the subject a couple years ago – http://www.petautosafetyblog.com/pet-auto-travel-safety/671-tips-to-keep-your-dog-from-chewing-on-his-dog-car-harness-2/

    Thanks for stopping by Hawk! 🙂

  3. Flea:

    Your blog is always very helpful with the information. I like that you joined today’s FUF using customer email questions!

  4. SephiAndMaya:

    Thanks, Flea! It’s interesting how we don’t get many questions on our blog. But we do get a lot of very good questions.

  5. Jodi:

    Great Follow-up, thanks for joining FUF.

    I’ll jump in with a question since we are traveling soon. How frequently should you stop when driving with dogs? You should you keep to your regular feeding schedule? Typically our thought is we stop to let them eat and then when we stop for gas or to use the rest areas, they get a quick walk too.

    Have a great weekend!!

  6. SephiAndMaya:

    That’s a great question! For Maya & Pierson when we took a long road trip to Texas, we stopped every couple of hours or so. This coincided with stops we made to get gas, at rest stops for our own potty breaks, and stops we made for food. I would start out with this as your plan. But watch their behavior. If they are generally quiet on the ride but suddenly get restless, it may mean that they need a break. Also, more active dogs may need more frequent stops.

    For feeding, it really depends on how your dogs handle car rides. Do you know if they tend to get car sick? Pierson tends to get car sick so I gave him several small meals instead of his normal two big meals.

  7. Oz the Terrier:

    Hi there!!! Guess who won the Pruven giveaway??? Run over to my blog and check when you get a chance!

  8. SephiAndMaya:

    Thanks Oz! Maya & Pierson will be so happy!!! 🙂