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Compare Dog Car Harness Brands

Author: MayaAndPierson
February 25, 2012

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There is no one company that has tested and rated all the dog car harness brands. Each company uses their own testers and testing methods. Since each company is different, all we can do as consumers is rate the brands we have tried and check out dog seat belt reviews from other purchasers. We here at PetAutoSafety.com have experience with four dog car harness brands and have compared them below.

Comfort
Our rating is based on the chest padding of each dog seat belt and is listed from the best padded to the least.

 

  1. Guardian Gear / Cruising Companion padded styles (includes the plaid, Houndstooth, and Ride Right styles)
  2. Bergan
  3. Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness
  4. Pet Buckle
  5. Guardian Gear / Cruising Companion non-padded styles

Tether Tangling & Twisting
For dogs that like to move around a lot in the car, the tether of certain dog seat belt brands can cause tangling and twisting. We have listed the brands from least likely to tangle to the most likely.

 

  1. Guardian Gear / Cruising Companion padded and non-padded styles – no tangling, very little twisting
  2. Bergan – no tangling but tends to get twisted
  3. Pet Buckle – twisting with Kwik-Connect tether, tangling without
  4. Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness – tangling and twisting can occur

Cost
We have listed our dog seat belt brands from least expensive to most expensive.

 

  1. Guardian Gear / Cruising Companion non-padded styles
  2. Guardian Gear / Cruising Companion padded styles
  3. Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness
  4. Bergan
  5. Pet Buckle

Tested
As previously stated, each company uses their own testing methods. And each claims to have the best testing methods. We have looked into each testing method of our four dog seat belt brands and have done the best we can to determine who has the most extensive testing. The dog car harness brands here have been listed from the most extensively tested to the least.

 

  1. Pet Buckle – has done strength, durability, comfort, and actual crash testing
  2. Bergan & Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Car Harness – has done strength, durability, and comfort testing, but no actual crash testing.
  3. Guardian Gear / Cruising Companion – has done no testing but the company has been selling this product for many years and claims to have no complaints regarding safety.

Ease of Use
All our dog car harness brands have about the same level of ease when it comes to putting it on your dog. They all work basically the same way in that your dog steps through, you buckle the clips, then you put your dog in the car and secure the tether.

Best for Very Small Dogs or Very Large Dogs
The Guardian Gear / Cruising Companion non-padded styles will fit the smallest dogs while the Bergan dog car harness will fit the largest dogs.

Since there are so many dog car harness brands to choose from, it can be difficult to make a choice. Consider your dog and what is most important to you and compare. We apologize for not being able to provide information on other dog seat belt brands. If you have experience with any of these or other brands, feel free to share.

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