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How Does the Dog Car Harness Work?

Author: MayaAndPierson
January 3, 2011

Ok, so you put the dog car harness on your dog.  Now what?  How does the dog wearing the dog car harness stay secure in the car?  Well, it depends on the brand and style.  We here at Pet Auto Safety.com have several dog car harness brands and styles, but they can be grouped into three categories based on how your dog is secured in the car.

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Directly Buckles into Car
The Guardian Gear, Cruising Companion, and Ride Right brand dog car harness have a connecting strap which buckles directly into the seat belt receptacle of most vehicles.  The benefit of a single connecting strap means that your dog is less likely to get tangled in their dog car harness.  It also makes it easier for your dog to move around in the car while wearing the dog car harness.

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Uses Car Seat Belt
The Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness has a connecting strap as well.  However, the connecting strap is simply a loop system.  Your dog is secured in the Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness by putting the seat belt of your car through the loop.  This loop-system of the Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness makes it a little more difficult for your dog to move around, but less maneuverability means your dog is more secure.

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Latches into Car
The Pet Buckle brand dog car harness generally uses the loop system (similar to the Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness).  However, if you get the one which comes with the Kwik-Connect Tether you have yet another method to secure your dog in their dog car harness.  The Kwik-Connect Tether clips onto a metal ring.  Cars 2001 and later have a metal ring between the seat cushions called a Latch Bar.  This metal ring was designed for baby car seats, but it can be used for the Kwik-Connect Tether too.  A metal ring may also be located in the back of SUVs so that your dog can wear their dog car harness while riding in the cargo area.

So which of these dog car harness brands are the best?  Pet Buckle is the most versatile, but it is limited to 2001 and later car models.  The dog car harness brands which buckle directly into the car (Guardian Gear, Cruising Companion, Ride Right) are great for busy dogs who don’t like to be restricted.  And the Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness is a great security for dogs who don’t mind being restricted in the car.

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4 Responses to “How Does the Dog Car Harness Work?”

  1. Debbie783:

    I like the loop one because it keeps my dog more secure. He can’t move around too much which makes me think that if I make a sudden stop, he doesn’t have much tether to get tossed around on.

  2. MalamuteMom:

    I don’t like the ones which use the car seat belt – the ones with the loop in the middle. My dogs are high energy and get tangled in them.

  3. BeagleRescue:

    I have something like the dog harness which has the loop on the back. You’re right, it is not for busy dogs. Perhaps I should try the Guardian Gear.

  4. Spider-Cat:

    I have a Guardian Gear one back from when they made these for cats. They stopped making them, right? I guess most people don’t take their cats in the car often enough to consider a seat belt. But my cats would prefer the seat belt than a carrier.