It’s here! It’s finally here!!! This has got to be the best pet car harness yet. The ClickIt Utility is different from any other pet car harness we’ve ever had in one major way – Dogs are secured with three anchor points.
How the ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt Provides Superior Safety
How do three anchor points make a difference? There is less side-to-side tossing. Also, three attachment points help to evenly distribute pressure in a crash and help to restrain both the upper and lower portions of your dog’s body. According to the crash test studies completed by Sleepypod, the two anchor points also help to keep your dog from bearing too much tension by breaking away at high impacts. Don’t worry though, the third anchor point in the back stays in place to make sure your dog is not propelled forward off the seat in a frontal crash.
A third thing also helps to dissipate pressure in a crash and that is the broad padded chest piece of the ClickIt Utility pet car harness. This is a safety feature recognized by a number of dog seat belt manufacturers including our Kurgo and Bergan brands.
Why Other Brands May Be Different
If three anchor points are safer and if it is safer to have your dog restrained as much as possible, why do so many dog seat belt manufacturers have only one anchor point and long tethers? I suspect there are two reasons for this. First of all, while many manufacturers tested the strength and fit of their products, they may not have fully understood the dynamics of a car crash and the possible effects on the dog. Thank goodness the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), who has been significantly funded by Subaru, has the means to do a full evaluation. Sleepypod was able to use the information from CPS and combine it with their six years of experience with crash testing products. (If you have a small pet, you should seriously take a look at the Sleepypod pet car seats.)
The second reason why manufacturers may be using longer tethers and only have one anchor point is because of the nature of dogs themselves. This is a very important reason that everyone should consider before purchasing a pet car harness. Let’s consider my two dogs.
Important Things to Consider
Pierson sits still in the car. He doesn’t move around too much at all. He is quiet and calm. So the ClickIt Utility is perfect for him. Maya, on the other hand, will not hold still. She has to stand up and look around. She wants to know where she is going and the only thing I can do to keep her calm is to remember to use the Travel Calm beforehand. Even then, she still wants to stand up.
Despite Maya’s strong desire to move around, the ClickIt did an excellent job of keeping her still. She could not stand up or turn around like she normally can. This is a good thing because this restrictiveness is what will help her stay in her seat in the event of a car crash. Maya sat and was even able to lie down while wearing the ClickIt. I was extremely happy with it.
However, this restrictiveness may be too much for some dogs. Little dogs might be able to stand up and turn around in it, thereby getting tangled. And any dog can chew through the straps. I would strongly suggest that you consider how your dog will react to being so confined before you purchase this.
There is one another limitation to the ClickIt Utility pet car harness to consider. It can only be used in the back seat and only in vehicles that have the latch system anchors between the cushions. The latch system is used to secure baby seats. The good news is that all vehicles 2001 and later have these latchbars. A few older cars may have them too.
I also noticed that the small and extra-small are not really all that small. The chest piece is 9 inches long. This may be way too long for little dogs, especially if they have a short body. I’d say the extra-small is more suited to a larger toy breed while the small is more suited to a smaller medium-sized dog. Be sure to measure your dog before purchasing one. Sleepypod is aware of this and says that smaller dogs are safer in a secured pet carrier such as the crash tested Sleepypod pet car seats.
My Opinion and Our Conclusion
All-in-all, the ClickIt Utility pet car harness is a fantastic product. It is very well made and the safety features are awesome. I have to say with complete honesty that this is is the best dog seat belt I have ever seen! Just be sure to consider the nature of your dog before you purchase it or understand that training may be needed before your dog will wear it effectively. If you think this is the right product for you and your dog, feel free to visit our retail site and buy one. We are currently offering free shipping and you can also use the discount code, petsafeblogger, for 10% off. Keep an eye out for a giveaway in October!