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June 29, 2013

Dogs Wearing Dog Car Harnesses

Are Dog Car Harnesses Really Safe?

Some of you may have seen the news about the crash test failure of seat belts for dogs. This test was a pilot test completed in 2011 by a nonprofit organization called the Center for Pet Safety (CPS). While the initial pilot test reveals some frightening results, you will be glad to know that a lot of wonderful things have happened and are happening as a result of the test completed by this great organization.

More on the 2011 Dog Seat Belt Pilot Test

This is the test that is making all the headlines and causing a lot of people question whether a seat belt for their dog is really a good idea. Let me make four quick points about this test before moving on to the wonderful news.

1. The pilot test only included four out of dozens of pet safety restraint brands. And CPS does not disclose what those brands were. The results of only four brands should not be applied to all brands.

2. The result of this pilot test has spurred a number of companies to make improvements on their seat belts for dogs.

3. Having your dog wear a pet safety belt still prevents driver distractions.

4. Since there is no standard for testing, reputable manufacturers have done their best to test with the current knowledge and resources available to them.

You can read more on our website at http://www.petautosafety.com/Are-Dog-Car-Harnesses-Safe.

Manufacturers of Dog Car Harnesses Make Improvements

***The following four companies are from the brands that we sell. These do not represent the four brands conducted by CPS in their pilot test.

Kurgo – Shortly after this study was published, Kurgo came out with new dog car harnesses with steel buckles instead of plastic. We also know, from speaking with the Kurgo company directly, that they are working closely with CPS. They not only give them their products for further testing, but they also consult with them on ways to make their products better. Having sold Kurgo products for some time, I know Kurgo is a very innovative company that is greatly concerned about quality. After all, they do have a lifetime guarantee on all their products.

Bergan – Bergan is another brand we sell, so we have also spoken with them about CPS. They met with them earlier this month and are excited about what CPS is doing. They, too, will be paying close attention to what this organization finds in their continued studies, and are open to making any improvements based on study results, if indeed improvements are needed.

Ruff Rider Roadie – Another great product we sell, Ruff Rider has recently published a video showing how their seat belts for dogs have passed the preliminary tests conducted by CPS. View it here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7QflhiutYX8.

Pet Buckle – This company has long since been supported by another nonprofit organization, Bark BuckleUP (Ruff Rider has too). I called them and left a message for someone to call me back, but they have not returned my call yet.

It is our understanding that many companies are voluntarily working with CPS, not just the four listed above.

We have been keeping tabs on the Center for Pet Safety since before they released their initial pilot test results. From both a business standpoint and a personal view, we have been both frightened by and excited about what this nonprofit organization is doing. We were worried about the quality of products we sold, but we were also happy to see there is finally an organization that will make it easier for us to determine what safety standards are best for our furry friends. Knowing that Bergan, Kurgo, and Ruff Rider are working with CPS makes us very happy and we worry no more.

As both a business and a consumer, we are in full support of the Center for Pet Safety. We will continue to keep tabs on what this nonprofit organization is doing. Be assured that whatever the results are, we will react in a way that benefits you and your pet the most. After all, our dogs wear dog car harnesses too and we want nothing but the best for them.

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2 Responses to “Pet Safety Saturday – The Center for Pet Safety”

  1. Flea:

    I think dog seat belts are a great idea. I do. Really.

  2. Janet K:

    All the articles I’ve seen make it seem the failure was recent. But I see now where the study was actually done two years ago. Great to know improvements have been made since then!

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