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Follow Up Friday #20

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 22, 2013

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Thanks again to Jodi with Heart Like a Dog for hosting another Follow Up Friday. This week’s guest host is Donna from Donna and the Dogs.

I have had a lot of great questions and comments about dog seat belts this week, so let’s jump right in with the recap.

LAST WEEK’S FOLLOW UP

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog asked how to determine the correct size of pet car harness to get. Each brand has a different method, which can make things kind of confusing. So the first thing to do is determine which brand to get.

The Bergan makes it easy to determine what size is needed. All you need to know is the weight of your dog. Kurgo, too, can go by weight, but knowing your dog’s chest measurement also helps. The Ruff Rider Roadie also needs the chest measurement.

Measure your dog’s chest by wrapping a tape measure around the biggest part of his chest. Use the two-finger rule, which means put two fingers under the measure when you do this. The measurement is also called the girth. Maya’s girth is 31 inches. According to Kurgo’s measurement guidelines, Maya would need a large which fits dogs with a girth between 24 and 34 inches. According to the Ruff Rider Roadie, she’d need a medium 2.

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 ClickIt Utility pet car harness requires a different measurement. You have to measure both your dog’s neck and chest in a figure 8. Here’s a video with detailed instructions – Sizing for ClickIt Utility dog seat belts.

ClickIt Harness Sizing

Measuring for the ClickIt Utility pet car harness: Starting at the top, wrap the tape measure around your dog’s chest, then neck, in a figure-8.

Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews compared the use of a pet car harness to when seat belt laws for people first became mandatory. It took a lot of persuasion (and threats of getting a ticket) to convince people to wear them. Today, it still takes some convincing. Perhaps someday, we will all see the benefits for ourselves and our family, including our pets.

Hawk with Brown Dog CBR said, “I need a longer tether for my harness. I prefer my crate, but my size or rather the crate’s size prevents it fitting into the car. I HATE the harness and seat belt! It always get all twisted whenever I need to lay down. The harness fits perfectly, but the tether is WAY too short to allow any movement.” With the recent research that determined all dog seat belts may not be as safe as we like, a lot of people are considering pet travel crates. But you’re right, Hawk. This is not easy to do for big dogs. There is no way Maya and Pierson’s dog crate will fit in my car. Speaking of tangling in the tethers, the brand I’ve found the best is the Bergan tether. It is sold separately so that you don’t have to buy the whole harness. Kurgo also has a direct connect tether – Replacement Tethers for harnesses.

POOP PATROL

Regarding the importance of picking up your dog’s poop when traveling, Roxy with Roxy the Traveling Dog says, “Very true, because we are always traveling, I have bags in the truck, in my purse, sometimes in my pocket. I always pick up the poop.” Me too! I have poop bags in the car and in all my coat pockets. I don’t carry around a purse so my cell phone, driver’s license, and credit cards are always in my pants pockets, along with a few poop bags.

Sugar with Sugar the Golden Retriever noted about how some parks are beginning to restrict dogs to certain areas. This is because people aren’t picking up after their dogs. So it is very important that we show how responsible we can be when it comes to our furry best friends.

FUNNY DOGS CAR TALK ADVENTURES

The first episode of Maya and Pierson’s car travel video is finally finished! If you missed it, check it out below.

Be sure to give it a thumbs up on YouTube! Maya, Pierson, and I would love it if you’d share it too. πŸ™‚

Snoopy with Snoopy’s Dog Blog said, “I loved the video!! It was very informative, but in a cool and fun way – great job! Looking forward to the next videos – Maybe Maya and Pierson will be getting and Oscar for their performances?”

Thanks so much, Snoopy! They might not get an Oscar, but they got a lot of treats for cooperating so well. When Maya said, “Huh?” in the video, it was because I said the word “cookie”. And Pierson really does need bribing sometimes when it comes to getting in the car.

CONTEST GIVEAWAY

I have a bunch of figurines left over from another website I used to run for animal figurines, so I thought I would give some away. Sorry I’m not giving away something as exciting as pet travel supplies this time. But I will in December, I promise! In the meantime, there is still a chance to win a cute dog figurine. If you’re not interested in one for yourself, it might make a good gift. Or if your shelter or rescue group does auctions to raise money, you can give it to them. The contest is open until the end of the month.

Well, that’s all I have for this week. Thanks for stopping by! And thank you to Jodi and Donna for hosting the Follow Up Friday blog hop!

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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8 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #20”

  1. Flea:

    I love the video! I need to tweet that …

  2. MayaAndPierson:

    Thanks Flea! πŸ™‚

  3. Jodi:

    Great follow-up and thank you for answering my question. Sampson is very barrel chested but tiny waisted, it makes finding anything that fits him difficult, because even though it fits around his chest, it flops at the waist. πŸ™

    We will get there though! I’m certain of it!

  4. Sue at Talking Dogs:

    Just left a YouTube comment and subscribed πŸ™‚ I’ll also pin the video in just a minute. Great follow up. I’ve decided I’m going to buy just one dog restraint and see what it’s like in person. Like Jodi mentioned on a previous post (and thanks to having some issues with fitting coats for my dogs), I’m nervous about sizing. Thanks for all your help!

  5. Donna and the Dogs:

    Great video and I did miss it the first time around because I just haven’t been able to get to all the blogs as often as I like lately. πŸ™

    Off to share it on facebook. πŸ™‚

  6. Ruckus the Eskie:

    Ooo figurines giveaway!

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

    Been a bit behind in my blog reading lately so just now catching the video. It’s great! I love Pierson’s Aussie accent! Shared it on FB, “+1’d” it on Google. Still have to comment on YouTube.

  8. mollie and alfie:

    The givaway looks great but we live over the pond. Have a super week, we are late over and all behind as usual BOL xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie