Archive for June, 2012
This is a question we get asked all the time. But the truth is that we don’t know. Why don’t we know? Because there is no standardization for testing a dog car restraint. As a result, manufacturers hire different companies which may or may not use the same testing protocol. And each manufacturer only publishes the results of their own product.
So, with all the differences, how can you determine which product is safest for your pet? The truth is that the average consumer can’t. And the average retailer (such as ourselves) currently has to rely on the limited information provided by the manufacturers.
However, a non-profit organization called the Center for Pet Safety seeks to change all that by standardizing pet travel safety. They are in the process of testing various dog car restraint brands but have not yet publicized their testing results. We will gladly share it with you when they do, even if it means disclosing unfavorable information. As far as we know, the Center for Pet Safety is the only organization which has independently tested and compared various brands and do not endorse or represent any specific company.
We are hoping that the Center for Pet Safety will soon be able to publish their testing results in detail. Although for legal reasons they probably still won’t be able to tell you which brand is best, the testing results will speak for themselves. Check out an article about them by clicking HERE. And check out their website by clicking HERE. We will follow up with you as soon as they publish their findings.
Part II? Where is Part I? Due to the number of great photos from my Labrador Maya’s day at the dog park, I posted the first six on our American Dog Blog. Here are the other six from that fantastic day.
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It is now the law in New Jersey to keep your pet restrained in your vehicle. They have passed this law for a number of reasons but the primary reason is for the safety of people. As important as it is to protect our pets, New Jersey was able to enact the law in order to protect people. How does restraining your dog in the car protect people?
1. Dogs can be a distraction in the car just as much, if not more, than a cell phone.
2. Too many drivers allow their little dogs to sit in their lap which is even more of a distraction.
3. An unrestrained dog in the car can cause a person serious injury in the event of a car accident because the dog becomes a dangerous projectile.
4. In the event of a car accident, an unrestrained dog in the car might be able to get out of the car and run into the road causing another accident.
5. A dog who hangs their head out the window could jump out or accidentally fall out of the car and cause an accident to other drivers on the road.
New Jersey didn’t just enact these laws to protect people, they felt compelled to enact these laws because too many people were not using common sense when traveling with their dog in the car. Too many people allowed their dog to sit in their lap when they drive, allowed their dog to hang out the window, or got into a car accident because their dog was a distraction.
If you think the new laws in New Jersey are too harsh, use common sense when you drive with your pet. If your dog won’t wear a dog car harness, at least consider a pet car barrier. Other pet travel safety products include the BreezeGuard window screens, car seats for dogs, pet car barriers, and pet travel crates. For a variety of pet travel safety products to choose from, click HERE to visit our pet car safety website.
Our source for the info on the New Jersey law is PetSide.com.
Cathy from Michigan shares a photo of her two Golden Retrievers wearing their dog car harnesses. Gunner is the one wearing the black one and he is almost 4 years old. Honey is wearing the pink one. Her previous owner recently died and so has become a new member of Cathy’s family. Honey is 17 months old. So sweet!!!
Thank you Cathy for sharing this with us! ♥ ♥ ♥
We’ve been introducing a bunch of new products lately. One product we like in particular is the new styled pet safety belt from Guardian Gear called Fairfield (consider Guardian Gear the Brand and Fairfield the style). Why the name Fairfield? We’re not entirely sure but we suspect ‘field’ because the two colors available are reminiscent of a field. The colors are great outdoor colors (black or moss green).
This pet safety belt is slightly padded for comfort but not so thickly padded as the Ride Right style. In hot weather, you probably don’t want something that is too thick. The padded part is also a quilted design instead of a flat design. The quilting is simply a different design element and not necessarily an improvement.
As with all Guardian Gear pet safety belt styles, this one is easy to put on and can be used as a walking harness as well as a dog car harness. Simply unclip the tether from the top back and clip on a leash instead.
Find the Fairfield style on its own new page on Pet Auto Safety by clicking HERE. Feel free to use the discount code, petsafeblogger, to get 10% off.
Clinton Lake is nearby so it wasn’t much of a drive. But it was a fun walk. Pierson rolled in smelly stuff (no photo), my friends, husband, and I walked the dogs (or they walked us), and Maya ended up attracting a bunch of ticks despite the FrontLine (no photo).
My husband and I (far left and far right), our friends Sha Sha and Jin Bo (middle), Maya and Pierson (front).
Me, my husband Li Xi, and Sha Sha with Maya and Pierson in the front.
Sha Sha with Maya and Li Xi with Pierson coming back from the lake. The lake front is where Maya got all her ticks.
The black thing the dogs are wearing are their Bergan pet car harnesses. I did not take them off after getting out of the car for the walk. I figured it was easier to just leave them on.
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For the longest time, we only had wire pet cages available. But now we’ve finally found a supplier for plastic pet carriers. Keeping your dog in a plastic pet crate while he is traveling in the car is safer than using no car restraint at all. Plus it has the added benefit of providing your dog with a comfortable place to rest.
Many dogs like the secure feeling of a ‘den’. If your dog is already crate trained but doesn’t like the car, he may have less anxiety if he rides in his crate while in the car. Plus you can put his dog bed in the carrier along with his favorite toys.
If your dog is in a plastic pet crate, he won’t get tossed around as much in the car as he would if he were not in a carrier. For additional safety, plastic pet carriers can be strapped in with the kennel restraints from Pet Buckle.
We currently have two plastic carrier styles – the Sportsman’s Choice which is brown over hunter green and the Protective portable dog kennel which is khaki over maroon for the smaller sizes and solid khaki for the larger sizes. We will also be getting in Precision brand pet crates sometime over the next week or two, and possibly another more colorful brand.
Check out our pet carriers page by clicking HERE or the image above.
If I am going someplace where I don’t have to leave my dogs alone in the car, I like to bring them along. This past Saturday, I stopped to get lunch at Sonic and went to a pet consignment shop called The Dog House. Since Sonic is like a drive-through and since The Dog House allows dogs, I took Pierson with me (I couldn’t take both Pierson and Maya because I can’t handle both dogs in the shop). At Sonic, I also got what is called a ‘puppy cup’. It is a free small dish of ice cream that you can give to your dog. As you can see here, Pierson loves it! I also have here a picture of Pierson wearing a tux collar made by Bow Wow Wow Gifts who has their stuff at The Dog House.
(Special note on the puppy cup from Sonic… They put way too much ice cream in it for just one dog. I could not let Pierson eat it all or he would have gotten sick.)
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We have great dog friends here in Lawrence, Kansas. Two such friends with Bow Wow Wow Gifts make fantastic dog stuff. They specialize in one-of-a-kind clothes for dogs but they also make this great dog collar called the Coolie dog collar.
The Coolie dog collar is a simple dog collar containing small ice packs. If you plan on having fun in the sun, help your dog stay cool by freezing the ice packs, inserting into the Coolie, then tying the Coolie around your dog’s neck.
The Coolie dog collars come in two color choices. Get the hot pink with doggy designs or the bright blue, also with doggy-themed designs. You can also choose from three sizes. Ice packs are included.
Bow Wow Wow Gifts made these specific Coolie dog collars just for Pet Auto Safety. You can’t get them anywhere else so get a Coolie dog collar for your dog while supplies last.
The collars are shown above in the two colors available. The collar’s straps are folded under in these photos. Notice the second blue one where you can see the straps a little bit more.