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Follow Up Friday #6

Author: MayaAndPierson
August 9, 2013
Dogs Pet Safety Belts

Maya and Pierson wearing a pet car harness. The back seat is also fitted with the Backseat Bridge from Kurgo.

We’ve had a couple of wonderful questions about dog seat belts and the Backseat Bridge this week! Donna with WeLiveInAFlat had an incident where they had to slam on the brakes, causing the dog to get thrown onto the floor. The question was whether there was a difference between a regular harness and a pet car harness.

We were happy to hear that the dog was okay. Scary!!! And all just because of a quick stop! Yes, there is a difference between a harness and a pet car harness. There is a difference in safety. A regular harness might be okay for a sudden stop like the one described. But a dog car harness is designed to fit better and to be stronger in more serious incidents.

We directed them to our site where there was information on safety as well as some videos. One of the videos found was from Kurgo.

Notice the dog still flies off the seat. WeLiveInAFlat had some concerns about this. We agree that a dog would still fly off the seat. Keeping the tether short could help. The Center for Pet Safety is continuing to do more studies on the safety of dog seat belts. The tests are ongoing so there haven’t been any new publications. But I do know that most of the positive testing results they have had were on harnesses with short tethers.

Hawk with BrownDogCBR asks: “A bridge is a good idea. What happens when one front seat passenger has the seat forward and the other has it back and somewhat reclined?”

Our reply: “Very good question, Hawk! It will still work, but there will be gaps and this could be an issue. The Backseat Bridge has a flap that goes up along the back of the front seats in order to try to cover that gap. However, if you are loose in the back seat and step in that area just right, you could get your foot caught. I would try to lessen those gaps or cover them as much as possible. The bridge fits most average sized vehicles, but if your car is wider than most, you could also have those gaps on the sides.”

I would also like to add that the Backseat Bridge could help in the situation observed by WeLiveInAFlat by keeping dogs from getting thrown onto the floor.

Pierson Wearing the Bergan Dog Car Harness

Lindsay and her dog Ace with ThatMutt held a calendar contest this past month. I entered a great photo of Pierson playing in the snow, then I begged for Like votes on Facebook. The contest ended yesterday and I am happy to say that Pierson is a tentative winner! Why tentative? He received enough likes, but Lindsay needs to make sure the photo entry meets all the guidelines. The winners will be officially announced on Monday. In the meantime, go visit her Facebook contest page and go check out the ThatMutt blog.

Thanks again for all the wonderful questions. You all bring out some great points and possible drawbacks of some of the products. Keep them coming. They help people make educated decisions and I’d rather people know what to expect in advance than to find out later. These discussions also help stimulate the manufacturers into continuing to make improvements.

Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!  🙂

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5 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #6”

  1. Sue at Talking Dogs:

    Great follow up. I’m intrigued by that bridge. When we travel in the truck (dogs in the back seat) we pile duffles, etc on the floor, but this would be terrific!

  2. MayaAndPierson:

    I LOVE the Backseat Bridge. It has been great for Maya & Pierson when we make those long road trips to Texas. Be sure to read the post about the Bridge from this past Saturday. It might help to keep those duffle bags under it for in case your dogs jump directly onto the part over the floor.

    Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Lindsay:

    Thanks for entering my photo contest, and thanks for linking to my blog! Go, Pierson!

  4. 2 brown dawgs:

    Excellent questions and great follow-up. Thanks for the info.

  5. weliveinaflat:

    That helps a lot to help us understand better how the car harness works and the potential shortfalls we need to be aware of 🙂 Great stuff!