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February 12, 2015

Maya Go-Tech Dog Seat Belt Journey

Are you about the em’bark’ on a journey with your dog? The #DogTravelAdvisor recommends the following safety items you should bring for your best pal:
* If traveling by car, your dog’s seat belt or pet carrier
* ID tags secured on your dog’s collar)
* Vet information
* Emergency contact information
* Photo of your pet
* Pet first aid kit
* Food and water
* Leash
* Blanket
* Your pet’s medication, including Travel Calm or other car sickness remedies

In addition to the above pet safety essentials, here are some non-essential, but probably-a-good-idea-to-bring-anyway, things:
* Toys
* Treats
* Dog bed
* Food and water bowls
* Dog brush
* Poo bags
* Baby wipes (for other doggie messes)
* Lint brush for dog hair clean-up

One time when we traveled, we forgot our dogs’ food! We left it by the door but forgot to put it in our car. Thankfully, we were able to find their regular brand at a store along the way. Have you ever forgotten to bring something when you traveled with your dog?

 

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February 10, 2015

In 2013, the nonprofit organization, the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), tested a number of dog car harness brands. The brand they found to be the safest was the ClickIt brand. The AllSafe brand was not far behind. There was only one issue that kept it from ranking the best. The tether allowed the dog to launch off the seat in the crash test simulation.

CPS Case Study of the AllSafe

Even though the AllSafe uses a short 6″ tether, it was still too long for optimum safety. So, AllSafe recommends the following tactic to make the harness safer:

AllSafe Dog Car Harness Through the Back

Put the seat belt of the car directly through the back of the harness for optimum safety.

By putting the seat belt of the car through the back like this, you can limit your dog’s movement in the event of an auto accident. Limiting movement helps keep your dog in the seat and from getting tossed side-to-side.

Keep in mind, however, that limiting your dog’s movement might also make him uncomfortable. In being uncomfortable, he may try to chew the harness off or wiggle out of it. For this reason, AllSafe still includes the short 6″ tether with their product. If you need a longer tether, you can get this as well. Come visit us at Pet Auto Safety for the AllSafe dog car harness and for the longer tether.

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February 5, 2015

Funny Dogs Car Talk Adventures

Fun and/or Instructional Videos on Pet Travel Products

Although we’ve slowed down a bit on the video-making projects, we have no plans to stop. We want to make more. We want to make better videos that show how to use the dog car harnesses, how to install other pet travel products, and other instructional videos. We also want to do a couple more funny videos of Maya and Pierson riding in the car. Is there a video you’d like to see us make? Is there a product you’d like to see more of? Do you have any funny ideas for Maya and Pierson’s Car Talk Adventures?

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February 3, 2015

Maya Labrador US Map Car Dog Travel Advisor

New #DogTravelAdvisor

My dogs have been using dog seat belts for over 15 years. And I have been selling them for over eight years. And not just dog seat belts, but other pet travel products too. My dogs Sephi, Maya, and Pierson have been guinea pigs for more than half the products we sell (excluding those for small dogs since mine are big). If I haven’t used certain products, I’ve been listening to feedback from those that have used them.

As a result, I have become very knowledgeable about pet travel products. And so I am taking on a new task of being PetAutoSafety’s new dog travel advisor. You will start to see #DogTravelAdvisor in our tweets, on Facebook, and on Google Plus.

Go ahead, ask me anything about dog car travel. Anything, really! If I don’t know the answer, I will help you find out who does. :)

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January 27, 2015

Pierson Pet Flat Seat Ruff Rider

Preparing For Your Dog’s First Car Ride
By Suni Miller

Traveling with your dog can be a great adventure. Before you start your travel, there are some things you want to keep in mind when traveling in the car with your pet.

Safety

Always remember safety first. Purchasing a dog safety seat will be safer for your dog in case you come to a sudden stop or make a quick turn. Make sure your pet cannot roam around the vehicle freely. There are also pet safety belts that can be purchased. This can ensure that the pet cannot be thrown from the vehicle or into another passenger in case of an accident, sudden stop, or turn. Another option is purchasing a crate. If you ever considered traveling with your pet by plane, then having your pet in a crate is required by the airline. It can also keep your pet out of trouble at a hotel or somebody else’s house. You want to make sure the crate is big enough to allow the dog to stand, turn, and lie down. It should be sturdy with handles and grips. It should also have a leak proof bottom covered with absorbent material. Air should be able to flow through it freely.

Emma in the Snoozer Lookout Pet Carseat

Identification

In case your dog gets away from you during a trip, it is best to make sure he has identification to increase the chances of a recovery. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar at all times, which have identification tags with the dog’s name, your name, a number where you can be reached, and proof of rabies shots. You can consider a more permanent form of identification, such as a microchip. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your dog with you.

The Car Ride

Allow your dog to get used to sitting in the car first without leaving the driveway and then start off by going for short rides, so you and your dog can get familiar with traveling by car together. Don’t feed your dog before traveling. This way you can avoid car sickness. Make the first few trips somewhere fun for your dog, like a park or field. This way he will associate riding in the car as something fun and enjoyable as opposed to just trips to the vet. Make sure to have plenty of water at all times especially during the warmer times. Keep the car well ventilated. However, do not let your dog ride with his head sticking out of an open window. This can lead to the potential of an eye injury. Never leave your dog unattended in a closed vehicle, especially during warmer or colder temperatures. If you do have to leave your dog, make sure someone else is in the car with him. When going on long car trips make sure to bring some of your dog’s favorite chew toys and treats, so he will not get bored. Stop often for exercise and potty breaks and be sure to have something to clean up after your dog.

Traveling by car can be a great experience for you and your pet, but to make sure that it is a great experience following these tips will be helpful. Now you’re ready to ride off into the sunset.

Article Source: Preparing For Your Dog’s First Car Ride

 

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January 23, 2015

I’m working on a fun project where I need to take a lot of photos of my dogs in the car while wearing their dog seat belt harnesses. I’ve added a caption to two of Maya’s photos. Is she cute, or what?

Maya Lap Dog ClickIt Sport Dog Car Harness

Shoot Maya Dog Car Harness

Can you think of any more funny captions that would go along with Maya or Pierson riding in the car?

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January 13, 2015

Pierson Wearing ClickIt Sport Dog Car Harness

In an independent crash test study completed by the Center for Pet Safety in 2013, the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt from Sleepypod was rated as the safest brand out of eleven popular brands. Indeed, upon using the ClickIt Utlity for ourselves, we found it secured our dogs very well. But there were a few inconvenient issues that make people turn away from it. And so, Sleepypod redesigned a better harness called the ClickIt Sport.

MEASURING
The issues with the ClickIt Utility aren’t safety issues, but issues with use. For one, the measuring method is not as simple as with other brands and people were often confused about what to measure. The ClickIt Sport dog car harness has a much easier measuring method. All one has to do is measure around the barrel of the dog’s chest behind the front legs.

SIZING
The ClickIt Utility is also difficult to adjust for size. Despite Sleepypod’s videos, many people had a hard time getting the harness to fit their dog properly. The ClickIt Sport is much easier to adjust so it can fit perfectly without much trouble.

Maya Wearing ClickIt Sport Dog Seat Belt

PUTTING IT ON
Relatively speaking, putting on the ClickIt Utility harness is about the same as putting on any other dog car harness. You basically have to put the harness over your dog’s head and then physically put his front legs through the openings. Some dogs are less than cooperative. The ClickIt Sport is a little easier. Have your dog sit, put the harness under him with his front feet in the leg spaces, then pull it up and buckle it.

SECURING IN THE CAR
A dog wearing the ClickIt Utility has to be secured in three different places in the car. Firstly, the seat belt of the car goes through the back. Then two side straps are connected to the baby seat latch bars. So if someone’s car doesn’t have the latch bars, then they can’t use this car harness. Trying to secure a dog at all three points is difficult and frustrating for some. With the ClickIt Sport, all you have to do is put the seat belt of the car through the back. There are no side straps.

SAFETY
Nothing has changed regarding safety. The ClickIt Sport has passed all the same tests as the ClickIt Utility and has received a CPS Certification authenticating its safety.

If you’re looking for a dog seat belt and are put off by some of the negative reviews about the ClickIt Utility, consider the new ClickIt Sport instead. It’s just as safe, but much easier to use. It is still very restrictive, but this is what makes it so safe.

Pierson Wearing ClickIt Sport Dog Car Seat Belt Harness

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January 8, 2015

Variocage Logo

Top quality. German engineered. Extensively crash tested. There are many dog travel cages on the market, but there is only one that meets the highest safety standards—
the Variocage.

Variocage Dog Travel Cage for SUVs

I want an SUV so I can have this Variocage for Maya and Pierson. Other sizes available.

The Variocage dog travel cage has had a perfect safety in Europe for over ten years. It is now available here in the US. It is a very high quality cage designed for use in the cargo area of SUVs and some hatchback cars. Because it comes in 4 styles with 14 different sizes, you can find the perfect size. And best of all, no vehicle modification is required.

Variocage Minimax Dog Travel Cage

The Variocage Minimax dot travel cage is smaller for smaller dogs and hatchback cars.

The safety features of the Variocage include a built-in crumple zone. This will absorb an impact and prevent the cage from being pushed forward into front passengers. This pet safety product also has an “escape” hatch in the back so that if the front door is damaged in a crash, there is another way for your pal to get out. It is made of durable powder coated steel that will hold up in a variety of crash scenarios.

Variocage Safety Dog Travel Cage After Car Accident

The Variocage safety dog travel cage was misshapen from the accident, but it didn’t smash and the dog is unharmed.

More information on the crash testing can be found on this video:

Wow! It’s no wonder the manufacturer claims the Variocage to be the best crash tested pet safety product in the world. I think my dogs will be safer than me!

Before buying the Variocage, be sure to read all the information regarding how to get the right style and size. You will want to measure your vehicle. And you will want to consider the angle of the closed hatch into account, along with wheel wells that might interfere with how the cage fits, and if the back hatch as a raised sill. You can read all the information about the Variocage dog travel cage at Pet Auto Safety.com.

2 Shelties in the Variocage Compact XL

The Variocage Compact style allows the cage door to be opened for these two Sheltie dogs when the cargo area has a raised sill.

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2015 Compare Dog Car Harness Brands

Author: MayaAndPierson
January 6, 2015
All Our Dog Car Seat Belt Brands

My dogs Maya and Pierson have tried out almost every single dog car harness brand we carry.

Pet Auto Safety now has seven dog car harness brands, two with different variations. So how does one decide which of the nine seat belts to buy? Some people want the safest. Others want something safe, but worry their dog will not like the restriction of a safer car harness. A few want something easy to use. And for others, the criteria may be price.

To help you decide which one is the best for you and your dog, check out this .pdf document showing a chart to compare the features of several dog car seat belts. These brands include the ClickIt Utility, ClickIt Sport, AllSafe, Ruff Rider Roadie, Bergan, Kurgo Tru-Fit, Kurgo Go-Tech, PetBuckle, and the Guardian Gear/Cruising Companion (G.G. & C.C.) brands. The chart compares safety, quality, price, ease of use, and ten other features.

My Pet Auto Safety dogs, Maya and Pierson, have had a chance to review all but one brand. I like the ClickIts because they keep Maya in her seat, which can be difficult. I like the AllSafe because the quality is so great. I like the Ruff Rider because it is made in the USA and it is lightweight yet still durable. I like the Bergan because it’s padded and because the tether is so easy to use. I like the Kurgo because I like how it fits Maya, and I like the quality of all Kurgo products. And I liked the G.G. & C.C. dog car harness brands because they are stylish and inexpensive.

Which features appeal the most to you?

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December 31, 2014

More and more people are traveling with their pets and thinking of their safety. And as such, 2014 was a great year for new (or new to us) and innovative pet travel products. My dogs Maya and Pierson got to try out a few of them.

The Car Pet Dek with Dogs Maya & Pierson

The Pet Dek extends the back seat of your car so your dogs can have more room.

Pet Dek – We used the Kurgo Backseat Bridge for years and loved it. But then something better came along. The Pet Dek is flatter and much sturdier.

Dog Pierson on Pet Travel Flat Seat in Car 2

The Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat is another extender that gives your dog more room in the car.

Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat – Shortly after we got the Pet Dek, a company contacted us about their new seat extender, the Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat. Although I love the Pet Dek, I love the Flat Seat more! I think Maya and Pierson do too.

Cocker Spaniel in Red Car-Go Pet Car Travel Shelter

Use the Car-Go pop-up pet shelter in the back seat of the car, in the cargo area, or even in your home.

Car-Go Pop-Up Shelter – My dogs Maya and Pierson are too big to try out the Car-Go Pop-Up Shelter, but I love the concept. It’s a great way for smaller dogs to ride in the back seat of the car or in the cargo area of the SUV. The Car-Go can even be used in the home.

Maya Labrador AllSafe Dog Car Harness

The AllSafe dog car harness fits Maya perfectly!

Allsafe Dog Car Harness– This is not a new product. It has been around in Europe for years. The AllSafe dog car harness is German engineered and has been crash tested both in Europe and the US. Its quality is phenomenal and I absolutely love it. It looks great on my Maya.

Variocage Dog Travel Cage for SUVs

I want an SUV so I can have this Variocage for Maya and Pierson. Other sizes available.

Variocage – This is another German engineered and crash tested product. It has been so well designed and so thoroughly crash tested that no other product on the market can come close to its quality. I don’t have an SUV so I haven’t been able to try the Variocage, but I really want to someday.

Pierson Wearing ClickIt Sport Dog Car Seat Belt Harness

Pierson is trying out the new ClickIt Sport dog car harness.

ClickIt Sport Dog Seat Belt – Remember the ClickIt Utility? It was rated as the #1 safest dog seat belt by the Center for Pet Safety in 2013. It is still #1 today. But it can be a little difficult to adjust and to use so Sleepypod improved it. The ClickIt Sport came out in December 2014. Doesn’t my dog Pierson look great in it?

These products look great, don’t they? I can’t wait to see what 2015 has to offer in regards to pet travel safety. Happy New Year! :)

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