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September 30, 2014

Want to know how a dog car harness secures your dog? You’d think the answer would be simple. In a way, it is. For most, it is as simple as clipping it on and clipping it in. But what makes it complicated is that each brand works differently. Let’s take the top 5 brands and show you how each of them work:

ClickIt Utility
The ClickIt Utility dog car harness has three connection points. This makes it one of the most labor intensive to use, but also the safest. First, put the seat belt of the car through the back of the harness. Then connect the two tethers on either side of the harness to each of the two latchbars located between the seat cushions. All cars 2001 and later should have the latchbars in the back seat.

Please note, the new ClickIt Sport coming out soon will not have the two side tethers.

Close-Up of the ClickIt Utility Strap to Latchbar

This metal bar is located between the seat cushions of cars. There are two on either side of the seats, for a total of four. Clip the ClickIt tethers to these latchbars.

Tether of the ClickIt Utility Dog Safety Belt

These two tethers attach to the latchbars located between the rear seat cushions, and in turn attach to the side of the ClickIt Utility dog safety belt.

Seat Belt Through Back of ClickIt Utility Dog Car Harness

Put the seat belt of the car through the back of the ClickIt Utility harness then clip the tethers onto either side.

Diagram of ClickIt Utility Dog Car Harness

This diagram of the ClickIt Utility dog car harness shows the connections better.

Ruff Rider Roadie
The Ruff Rider Roadie also uses the seat belt of the car to secure your dog. Instead of going through the back of the harness, it goes through one of two loops on the tether. This tether is part of the harness and is not detachable. To give your dog more room to move, put the seat belt through the loop at the very end of the tether. To secure your dog more for safety, put the seat belt through the loop closer to the back of the harness.

The Two Loops in Ruff Rider Roadie Dog Car Harness

Put the seat belt of the car through one of the two loops of the tether on the Ruff Rider Roadie.

Ruff Rider Roadie Dog Car Harness on Pierson

This is the seat belt of the car through the loop closest to the back of the Ruff Rider Roadie.

AllSafe Dog Seat Belt
The AllSafe is also takes a bit more work to secure. First, you have to stabilize the seat belt of the car. Buckle it in without your dog. Then use the two red clips included with the harness to stabilize it. If the top part of the shoulder belt is like the picture indicated, then stabilizing is easy. If it is like mine where it comes out directly, then it can get a little troublesome. You have to make the shoulder belt lock, and then apply the red clip. This way the shoulder belt does not pull out when your dog moves. Once you have it stabilized, attach the tether to the seat belt. Once this is done, all you have to do is clip the tether onto the back off the AllSafe dog car harness.

The Top Clip of the AllSafe Dog Seat Belt

Stabilize the top of the seat belt of the car using one of the red clips provided by AllSafe.

Red Clip of the AllSafe Dog Seat Belt

If the seat belt of your car does not work like in the diagram above, lock the seat belt in place by pulling it hard, and then placing the red clip so it can’t go back in or out.

Secured Seat Belt for AllSafe Dog Harness

Once the seat belt is stabilized so that it doesn’t pull out, put the AllSafe dog car harness tether onto the strap.

Back of AllSafe Dog Seat Belt

Clip the tether onto the back of the AllSafe dog seat belt.

Bergan Dog Car Harness
The Bergan brand is very easy to secure in the car. Either clip one end into the seat belt housing of the car, or clip it onto the latchbar. Then clip the other end to the back of the harness.

Clip the Bergan Tether Between Seat Belt

The Bergan dog car harness tether clips between the webbing of the seat belt buckle.

Bergan Seat Belt Tether on Latch Bar

The Bergan dog seat belt tether can also clip onto the latchbar.

Bobo Secured with a Bergan Dog Seat Belt

The other end of the Bergan dog seat belt tether clips onto the back of Bobo’s harness.

Kurgo Dog Seat Belt
The Kurgo Tru-Fit and the Kurgo Go Tech brands are also very easy to use. Simply put the seat belt of the car through the loop tether, and then clip the other end of the loop tether to the back of the harness. Kurgo also has the option to buy a direct connect tether, which clips directly into the seat belt receptacle.

Loop Tether of Kurgo Dog Seat Belt

The seat belt of the car goes through the loop tether of the Kurgo dog car harness.

Alternate Kurgo Dog Seat Belt Connection

To make the loop tether of the Kurgo dog car harness more secure, loop it like this around the seat belt.

Kurgo Direct Connect Tether for Dog Car Harness

The Kurgo direct connect tether is purchased separately. It can buckle directly into the seat belt of the car for attachment to a dog car harness.

Buckle Strap for Dog Car Harness

The Kurgo direct connect tether clips onto the back of the harness and buckles directly into the seat belt receptacle.

Which Dog Car Harness is Best?
Determining which dog seat belt is best depends on your preference. While the Bergan and Kurgo are the easiest to attach, the ClickIt, Ruff Rider, and AllSafe are the safest. At the same times, the safest brand may also be the most uncomfortable for some dogs because they can’t move much. Keep this in mind and balance safety with your dog’s comfort. A super-safe dog car harness is not going to help if your pet is so uncomfortable that he chews it off.

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One Response to “How Dog Seat Belts Secure Your Pet in the Car”

  1. Jodi:

    How long have I been hemming and hawing over a seat belt? LOL

    Sampson is a big mover, even during the night he gets up frequently to change positions. I just can’t decide which is the best one for us!! Grrrrrr~~~