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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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10 Responses to “Pros and Cons of Various Dog Seat Belt Harness Brands”

  1. GizmoGeodog:

    Thanks for laying out the pros and cons so clearly…this is very useful

  2. mollie and alfie:

    yes, this was brilliant and saves us a lot of time when looking for a new seat belt harness, I like the ones you can use for walking too 🙂 xxoxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. snoopy@snoopysdogblog:

    Great to see all the pros and cons together!

    I have the Kurgo – Mum does like it can be kept on as a harness, but it’s harder to get on and off than my regular harness and in order to get it over my head we have to have the front slacker, then when I’m walking the harness isn’t a very snug fit and slides around…. 🙁

    In the car it works pretty well as I like to lie on the floor behind the front seats and Mum can extend the seat belt to clip the fastener to my harness – I’m not one to move around in the car so it works well for me, plus I’m 50lbs, so we’re super happy that weight at least passed the safety test! It seems hard to find the perfect solution?

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  4. MayaAndPierson:

    That’s a very good point, Snoopy. How it fits in the car and how it fits walking can be different. Is this the Kurgo Go-Tech or the Tru-Fit?

    I think there is no perfect solution because every dog and every situation is different. The ClickIt is the best in safety, but I can easily see how it just wouldn’t work for some dogs.

  5. Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom:

    Curious about the amount of restriction with the Clickit: Callie prefers to lie down on the back seat; and once buckled in, does not move much if at all. Shadow prefers to sit in such a way that she can lean back against the seat facing the window. Would the Clickit allow for my dog’s preferred seating “arrangements”?

  6. MayaAndPierson:

    Yes, Ducky’s mom. The ClickIt would allow for your dogs’ preferred seating arrangements. And it would even allow them to lie down. Just, once seated or resting, it will be difficult for them to move around. And they definitely won’t be able to stand.

  7. Sue at Talking Dogs:

    Bookmarking this. Still on the fence about restraints for my dogs. 3 big dogs who need to be able to move (at least some) and change positions on road trips. Yet certainly don’t want them getting tangled up. I am stumped.

  8. MayaAndPierson:

    Sue, Three dogs is definitely tricky. My two don’t get tangled using the Bergan tethers, but if I had a third dog they probably would because two of them would need to use those two seat belts housings that are right next to each other. Perhaps at least the Backseat Bridge can at least keep them from getting thrown onto the floor in a sudden stop. Or perhaps one of the dogs who doesn’t mind being strictly secured can wear the really secure ClickIt and the other two can wear the Bergan. The one in the ClickIt can be in the middle so that the other two are separated and can’t get tangled when they move around.

  9. Jodi Stone:

    Great information but I still can’t pull the trigger on this one. We lay the back seat down flat when we travel and the dogs usually just lie down in back, but they do occasionally get up to stretch (mostly Sampson.) The back of my seats have little hooks to snap them in, if they were harnessed. It’s a hard decision to make!

  10. MayaAndPierson:

    Jodi, It is a very difficult decision, espeically if you can’t see them in person first. The Roadie has a clip that can clip onto those hooks in the back. The Roadie also has two adjustments for the strap so that you can allow it to be longer or shorter. And the Roadie had no failures at any size, making it 2nd in safety after the ClickIt and equal in safety to the AllSafe. Speaking of seeing them in person, I do have a 30 day refund policy. Your order would be 100% refundable if returned within 30 days.