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July 12, 2013
Dog Laying Down Pet Car Harness

Maya can lie down when she wears her pet car harness.

Surprisingly, we didn’t have too many questions on pet travel safety during these past couple of weeks. Everyone must be out having some great summer fun. I know we are! :)

We did have two great questions, though:

1. “Does my dog have to sit down when he wears it?” Kathy asked us this question when she called us last week. And she is referring to the dog seat belts. The answer is no. Your dog can also lie down while wearing it. Depending on the length of the tether, your dog can also stand up while wearing it. My Maya is almost always standing when she wears her pet car harness.

I should also inform you that the Center for Pet Safety has determined that the shorter the tether, the better. A long tether means your dog will get tossed around more in an emergency car maneuver or car accident. I try to keep Maya’s tether as short as possible, but she is the kind of dog that can’t sit still. I have to balance her safety with her comfort, so I keep her tether a little longer than I keep Pierson’s.

Dog Standing in Pet Car Harness

Maya can also stand when she wears her pet car harness. Generally, I keep her tether shorter than this.

2. “Do you ship outside the US?” Sorry, but generally no. There are three main reasons for this. First, our website is not set up to charge the extra fees involved in shipping outside the US. Even some places in Canada can cost twice as much to ship. The second reason is because of import fees. Import fees are what you pay to your country’s customs before you can pick up the package. This makes the over-all cost for the products much more expensive. The third reason we don’t ship outside the US is because it is difficult to honor the return policy. Since international shipping fees can be high and the paperwork sometimes complicated, it makes it difficult for someone to return a product. And our return policy states that any returns for reasons other than a product defect do not get refunded for shipping.

I do have a contact in the UK for the Bergan pet car harness brand. Her name is Joanne and she is the owner of FleeceDogHarnesses.co.uk. Joanne and I have been supporting each other’s businesses for years. In fact, she was the one who first informed me of the Bergan dog seat belts! And if you go check out her site, you will find pictures of my dogs Sephi and Maya at the very top. :)

Do you have any questions about pet travel safety? Please comment on this blog, comment on our Facebook page, or email us at naturebydawn@aol.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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5 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #2 – Pet Travel Safety Questions”

  1. Jodi:

    Great follow-up, thanks so much for joining the blog hop!!

  2. GizmoGeodog:

    Dawn I’m wondering if you’ve seen this and if you have any comments on it: http://www.doggeek.com/news/news/articles/safety/seatbelts-for-pets-have-a-100-percent-failure-rate-in-crash-tests/…It has me wondering

  3. Donna:

    Great post about pet travel safety. My own Lab, Toby, manages to get tangled in harnesses, so I used to let him ride free – which he did for many years – until we had an “incident” involving him and a panic attack.

    Long story short, I now KNOW the importance of keeping a dog restrained, and although he specifically doesn’t do well with harnesses, he and my dog Meadow both ride in separate crates for safety. My senior, Leah, does very well in a harness however.

  4. SephiAndMaya:

    Thanks for sharing, Donna. I hope everything turned out okay after that incident. Crates are a safe way for dogs to travel too, so it’s good that all three of your pups are kept safe. :)

  5. SephiAndMaya:

    Hi, Gizmo! Yes, we have seen that article on the 100% failure rate in a number of places and addressed it on our June 29th post. The test was completed two years ago and several companies, especially Kurgo, have made improvements since then. Also, the test was a study of only four brands and there are dozens out there. So to say 100% failure rate is misleading and nothing more than media hype. Please, check out the post from June 29th and see if it addresses your concerns.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on our blog. And have a great week! :0)

    Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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