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March 3, 2014
Bobo wearing the Bergan Dog Seat Belt

Bobo wearing the Bergan dog seat belt. Doesn’t he look handsome!?!

Are you confused by all the information about various dog car harness brands? Everyone tells you their brand is the best, so do you really know? One place to start is with our article of the pros and cons of various dog seat belts. This article has a lot of great information, but we wanted to expand on it. So we are adding new pages to our site, and our first review page is on the Bergan.

The Bergan dog car seat belt review page has all the information you need. It gives you a quick glimpse of star ratings for each size, provides customer reviews and testimonials, and gives detailed information on the pros and cons. So if you are looking for a quick comparison, check out the star ratings. If you want to know what other people are saying, go to the middle of the page for customer reviews. And if you want detailed information, go to towards the bottom of the page for pros and cons.

Spud Doodle and Bergan Dog Car Harness

Spud, the GoldenDoodle sports the Bergan dog car harness in style!

So far, we have only implemented this detail on the Bergan dog car harness brand. But we will be doing it for every brand we sell. And later we will add a single page that makes a side-by-side comparison of each.

In the meantime, you can help us enrich our reviews page by emailing us your opinion of a dog car harness you’ve purchased, even if you didn’t purchase them from us. If you did purchase one from us, you can email us your feedback or even leave it directly on our site. Negative feedback is just as welcome as positive feedback so long as comments are not abusive. Our email is naturebydawn@aol.com. And to leave feedback directly onto our website, first find the specific product. The tab to leave a review is located at the bottom of the product page description. For example, in checking out the small Bergan dog seat belt page, notice the “Submit a Review” button at the bottom of the information. You can also share your opinion in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts! :0)

Dawn with Maya and Pierson

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February 25, 2014
Compare Five Dog Seat Belt Brands

Dog seat belt brands listed left to right, top to bottom: ClickIt Utility, Ruff Rider Roadie, Bergan, Kurgo Tru-Fit, Kurgo Go-Tech.

If you’ve been watching us on Facebook, then perhaps you are aware that we are giving away a dog seat belt in the month of February. The contest is being held on PetsPage.com and it ends February 28th, so there is still time. You can win any brand of dog seat belt we carry including the Kurgo Tru-Fit or Go-Tech, the Bergan, a Ruff Rider Roadie, or even the ClickIt Utility. But the best part is, there are a lot of other businesses giving away prizes as well. You can win a dog collar, pet clothing, toys, beds, books, treats, and even free dog training lessons!

So please go visit PetsPage.com now and enter to win! PetsPage

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February 11, 2014

Yesterday, I talked about my favorite pet travel products from Kurgo. Today I am going to share with you other brands of safety products that I love and use.

Pierson Waiting for Puppy Cup

Pierson wears his Bergan dog car harness as he waits for his puppy cup at Sonic.

BERGAN CAR HARNESS
The Bergan brand dog harness did a little better in safety than the Kurgo. I’ve found the Bergan to be easier to adjust the size and the padding to be very comfortable. I think it is as easy to put on as the Kurgo, although it is put on just a little bit differently. And I absolutely love its tether. It is not a loop tether, so my dogs don’t get tangled in it. And it is adjustable so that I can make it short or long. Pierson still wears the Bergan safety harness.

Two drawbacks that people have reported are 1) the chest piece is sometimes a little too long, and 2) it doesn’t have a size to fit teacup sized dogs.

Maya ClickIt Utility Pet Seat Belt

For Maya, safety means having to sit still in the car, not being able to put her head out the window, and wearing a seat belt. But she’s still happy despite her lack of freedom in the car.

CLICKIT UTILITY SAFETY HARNESS
This is the newest canine safety harness, and it has also been deemed the safest by the Center for Pet Safety. This has been the only seat belt that has been successful at keeping Maya in her seat. It is extremely well-made and I love the padded protection. The only problem I have with it, though, is that I can’t use it in my 1998 car because that car doesn’t have the anchors located between the seat cushions. The ClickIt Utility requires that these anchors be used in order for it to be safe.

Even though the ClickIt Utility is the safest brand, there are several drawbacks. Its safety lies in its restriction. But because of its restriction, dogs can’t move around much when they wear it. If they try, they could get tangled and they could hurt themselves. Another thing people have found is that it is very difficult to adjust the size. And because it requires to be attached at three points, it can be cumbersome to secure your dog in the car.

If you want ultimate safety, this is the product to use. If you want something your dog can move around a bit in or if you want something quick and easy to use, then the ClickIt Utility may not be right for you.

Pierson Breeze Guard Car Window Screens

Pierson can’t put his head out the window because it is fitted with the Breeze Guard car window screens. I love these screens! I can put the window down and still keep my dogs safe.

BREEZEGUARD WINDOW SCREENS
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these car window screens. They are very well made, easy to take in an out, and will even allow you to roll your window up and down when they are in place. Even though Maya and Pierson are harnessed in, they can still put their heads out the window. I’ve never felt this to be safe. When I used to allow my dog Sephi to do it, sometimes she’d yelp because something from the road hit her in the face. It could have been something as small as a pebble, but still it hurt. I also worried about her choking herself if I had to make a sudden swerve. The BreezeGuard window screens allow my dogs to sniff the fresh breeze without endangering themselves.

One drawback about these window screens is that they are custom made and will only fit the vehicle year, make, and model they were designed for. They are pricy so if you change vehicles often, this may not be something you want to invest in.

Maya Showing Off Her Favorite Pet Travel Products

The car seat cover is the brown houndstooth style from Guardian Gear. This is the cover I currently have in my car. This style is no longer available, but we do have 1 pink houndstooth left.

GUARDIAN GEAR CAR SEAT COVERS
I’ve used several different styles of the Guardian Gear car seat covers over the years. I really like the materials and all the fashionable colors and designs they come in. The first one I used was the soft brown paw prints dog car seat cover. Then I used the blue plaid cover. It was also soft and plush. And I currently use the houndstooth designed brown one. Why do I keep switching out? Dog hair sticks to them. I could clean them, but I am lazy. With all the new colors and designs Guardian Gear keeps coming up with, I like being able to switch out.One drawback is that sometimes they don’t fit the seat of the car. Every vehicle has different sizes and shapes of seats so sometimes the cover is too big or too small. And some people have stated the seat belt holes don’t line up with the corner crease and safety belt buckles.

Gray Dog Car Seat Cover

This is the gray paw print cover. The paw prints also come in brown, black, and tan.

These are my favorite products. If you have smaller dogs, there may be other products that will be better for you. The Kurgo pet car seats, for example. Or the crash tested Sleepypod pet travel carriers. Some people prefer their dogs travel in a pet carrier instead of wearing a dog seat belt. Pet Auto Safety has a lot to choose from so that everyone has the opportunity to find their favorite travel products.

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Pet Auto Safety Barks and Bytes #2

Author: MayaAndPierson
January 30, 2014

Barks and Bytes Blog Hop

Welcome to another edition of Barks and Bytes where we share comments and questions from other pet lovers about car travel and where we review the events of the week. The Barks and Bytes blog hop is hosted by our friends at Heart Like a Dog and 2 Brown Dawgs.

LAST WEEK BARKS
Carol with Fidose of Reality left a very nice comment, “I want to thank you for having a blog where safety and traveling with dogs is combined into one.”

Thank you, Carol! I know you’re a fan of pet safety in the car. I’ve seen photos of Dexter wearing his dog car harness. :) I’d love to share one of those photos here and on our Facebook and G+ pages. Let me know!

BARKS FROM PETS THAT DON’T LIKE TO RIDE IN THE CAR
Lindsay with That Mutt had a good idea about helping cats ride well in the car, “put him in his carrier and put a towel over it and that has helped calm him down.”

Great idea, Lindsay! Sometimes pets need to look out the window in order to help with motion sickness. But if the issue is anxiety, having them ride in a carrier and covering it with a towel can be very helpful.

Tegan with Leema Kennels Rescue and Blogsaid, “You can also try feeding ginger 30 minutes before travel for travel sickness.”

You’re so smart, Tegan! How much ginger would you say? By the way, ginger is one of the primary ingredients of Travel Calm. Travel Calm is not available everywhere, though. Tegan is in Australia.

Jody with Bark and Swagger said, “Sophie doesn’t line riding in the car, but I think it’s because she took a long journey as a young puppy to get home to us. It was probably scary.”

I agree. Riding in the car for such a long trip probably was scary. All that movement of stopping, turning, and speeding up can be really hard on a puppy tummy. Then there are also the strange sights and smells whizzing by. Poor Sophie. I hope she comes to enjoy car rides someday.

RECENT QUESTION
I had a wonderful conversation through Facebook with someone regarding dog seat belts. She said a friend of hers bought the ClickIt dog seat belt and was not happy with how complicated it was to use. She said the same regarding the AllSafe. Although these two brands are very good for safety, ease of use is another important factor to consider when shopping for the right dog seat belt. Your dog’s comfort is another thing to take into account.

So what dog seat belt combines comfort, ease of use, AND safety? My personal first choice is the Bergan brand. Although, a small handful of people have said it is complicated too. I think it is the very first time you put it on. But once you get it fitted and put it on a few times, it is very simple. Bergan has made a great video to help you through the steps.

You may remember from the report from the Center for Pet Safety, though, that the Bergan brand failed using the 75 pound dog dummy. After speaking with Bergan, they have promised a new version in the large size will be coming out soon. In the meantime, the Ruff Rider Roadie is another great brand. It passed testing at all sizes. It is one of my favorites too, but I do like the padding of the Bergan better.

Pierson in the Car Logo

That’s my boy, Pierson, wearing the Bergan dog seat belt. Also pictured is the Backseat Bridge from Kurgo. It gives Pierson more room to stretch out on long road trips and it keeps him from coming off the seat.

INTERVIEW
I have an interview for a radio show today. The interview won’t air until March, so I will keep you posted. It’s hosted by Karen from PetsPage.com and will play on the pet news segment on Kim Power Stilson’s Talk Radio show on SiriusXM. It’s a simple interview, but I’m both excited and scared at the same time!

WAG N GO
There is only a little bit more time and more £ to go to help out Trina with her new product. Please go check out the Wag N Go on Kickstarter.

Wag N Go Bag

QUICK DOG SAFETY TIP
Front passenger side airbags are not safe for pets. If your dog likes to sit in the front seat, check your vehicle specifications to see how much weight will trigger the airbags. Some airbags will only go off if the seat has a certain amount of weight in it. Others will go off regardless of weight. If this is the case, see if the passenger side airbag can be temporarily disabled. And if not, push the seat as far back as possible while your dog is sitting in it.

Generally, we recommend pets sit in the back. But I understand how a dog may want to sit in the front. That would be Maya’s first choice. But Maya would be too much of a distraction. So if your dog needs to sit in the front, don’t let him be a distraction and make sure he is not in danger of the passenger side airbags.

Passenger Side Airbags on Chevy Spark

Passenger side airbags are not safe for children and they are not safe for dogs.

Thank you for visiting us today on the Barks and Bytes. Please feel free to leave us a comment or question below. We will reply with a comment of our own and address it in next week’s Barks and Bytes. If you have a question that you want to ask privately or if you need your question answered right away, please feel free to email us at nature by dawn at aol dot com (spelled out in order to avoid recognition from spam bots).

Thanks Again!
Dawn with Maya and Pierson

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December 2, 2013
Several Pet Travel Safety Products

Pet travel safety products listed clockwise: Snoozer car seat, dog seat belt, car barrier, pet carrier secured w/ kennel straps.

There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding what to get for your dog when you want to protect him in the car. It’s not just a matter of selecting the safest product. What might be the best for one person and their pet may not be what is best for you and yours. Here are some things to consider.

SAFETY vs COMFORT

You want your best friend to be both safe and comfortable. However, the safest travel gear is not always the most comfortable. For example, the ClickIt Utility has been deemed as the safest canine car harness in 2013 by the Center for Pet Safety. But it is also the most restrictive, making it uncomfortable for dogs who insist on trying to move around in the car. If your dog is like this, you may want to consider a less restrictive brand. The Ruff Rider Roadie is just one notch under the ClickIt in safety so it still offers protection, and it’s not as restrictive.

Maya ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt

Maya can barely move when wearing the ClickIt Utility. She can lay down or sit, but she can’t stand up.

Dog Lying Down with Ruff Rider Roadie

Dogs can sit, stand, or lie down while wearing the Ruff Rider Roadie

Chew or Escape Proof?
Keep in mind, too, that if your dog is uncomfortable he may try to wiggle or chew out of a car restraint. Car harnesses are not chew proof. And none are entirely escape proof either. Some might be more difficult to wiggle out of than others, but if a dog is determined enough he will break out, or hurt himself trying.

Harness vs Crate
Another safety versus comfort concern is regarding a car restraint versus a crate. Is a safety harness safer than a crate? This has not been officially determined, but it would stand to reason that a secured pet travel crate can keep your dog from being a distraction and from getting thrown from the vehicle, just like a durable seat belt can.

Straps for Pet Carriers

This Pet Travel Carrier secured in the car with kennel straps.

Sleepypod Air Pet Carrier Orange

The Sleepypod Air pet carrier is perfect for cats and small dogs. Plus, it has been crash tested.

So when debating whether to get a harness or crate, consider your dog’s comfort. Some dogs won’t like being restrained in a harness while others would hate riding in a travel carrier. And some dogs won’t like either, which means using a car barrier or other pet travel safety product might be ideal for you. These other kinds or products won’t provide as much safety, but at the very least may help to keep your furry best friend in the back seat.

Risk
Thankfully, the chances of you being involved in a collision are small. And if you do get in an accident, be thankful that most accidents are minor. Census.gov reports for 2009 that 0.6% of all car accidents in the US were fatal while 27.6% had nonfatal injuries, and 71.9% had property damage only. Where we may not be badly injured in a fender bender, an unrestrained dog can be. He can break his leg when he gets tossed between the seats, get severe damage to his nose if he hits the dash, get bodily injured when he gets thrown at the windshield, get squished because he is on your lap between you and the steering wheel, or get choked because his head is out the car window. All these possible injuries could be minimized or even eliminated with even the most basic restraint, crash tested or not.

Maya Puppy in Car Wearing Dog Seat Belt

When Maya was a puppy, her first dog seat belt was an untested restraint. It kept her from trying to climb on my lap, which she desperately wanted to do.

TYPE OF VEHICLE

If you have a small car and a big dog, having him ride in a crate may not be feasible. Or if you have an SUV and you want your pet to ride in the cargo area, keep in mind that not all canine car harness brands can be used in the cargo area.

COST

In general, the safest products are also the most expensive. Manufacturers making safety gear have invested heavily in quality materials and testing, thereby making merchandise that might be out of one’s price range. But paying less does not always mean making a compromise on your best friend’s welfare. Bergan has a relatively inexpensive harness which passed crash testing at the small and medium sizes (25lbs and 45lbs). Pet carriers also tend to be more expensive than harnesses, especially larger crates.

PURPOSE

Do you want to keep your dog safe, or do you just want to keep him from trying to climb in the front seat or climb onto your lap? Perhaps you only plan on taking short trips around town and not on the highway. Maybe your dog doesn’t get to go for a ride very often. Safety is important, but your intended use is also an important factor to consider. You may not want to spend a lot of money on the safest seat belt for dogs if you don’t plan on using it that often.

EASE OF USE

What is easy to use and what isn’t is relative. If you’re not used to putting on a harness, a car harness can seem complex. The ClickIt Utility with its three attachment points can seem even more convoluted. A carrier may not be easy either, especially when you consider how you are going to strap it in and secure it in your vehicle. However, whichever method you choose, it gets easier each time.

Put Bergan Canine Car Harness on My Dog

I’ve found the Bergan harness easy to put on, but some have found it difficult.

These are just a few of the factors people think about when they look for a pet travel safety product. Which features do you consider?

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Follow Up Friday #19

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 15, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of Follow Up Friday hosted by Jodi from Heart Like a Dog. The co-host this week is our favorite Flea from Dog Treat Web for our favorite treats from Jones Natural Chews.

A comment from this past week, but posted on an article from the week before comes from Sue with Talking Dogs. On our Pros and Cons post, she mentioned how securing three dogs that need to move around was a challenge. I can definitely see how trying to secure three dogs in a dog car seat belt can be a challenge. Even though there are three slots in the back, the dogs can get tangled if they move around too much. Is there one dog who doesn’t mind not being able to move around too much? Perhaps use the middle safety belt and one latch bar from each side to secure him or her in the ClickIt Utility. The other two can wear the Bergan, which has an adjustable tether length and can allow the dogs to move around a bit more. With the really secure one in the middle, they can’t get tangled.

LAST WEEK’S FOLLOW UP FRIDAY

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog mentioned she’d like to find a way for the dogs to try a dog car seat belt on Sampson and Delilah in person. I completely understand. It can be intimidating buying some things online without being able to see it, feel it, and try it on. Read on for my response to Ducky’s mom.

Ducky’s Mom with The Golden Life asked if she could try the ClickIt Utility on a trial basis, such as a 30 day money-back guarantee. Absolutely! We have a 30 day return policy. Unless a piece is missing, such as a tether, 100% is refundable. The only thing I don’t have is a way to provide a return shipping label. Ducky’s mom also asked about the canine car harness brands available at PetSmart. I think it has the Solvit, Kurgo, and their own brand, which I’ve recently learned is actually made by the same manufacturer as Bergan. Unlike the Bergan, it is brown. But everything else is the same. Petco generally carries the Kurgo brand.

Lindsay with That Mutt commented on how my mom’s dog Solo resembles my boy Pierson. Solo came from a terrible hoarding situation. She was extremely shy and after bonding with my mom and stepdad became extremely possessive of them. She had been known to try to bite people coming to visit. But when my husband and I met her for the first time, she warmed up to both of us very quickly. My husband, who is not a big dog lover, fell in love with her. After our dog Sephi passed on and we talked about getting another dog, my husband told me he wanted a dog like Solo. So the search for Border Collies began and we eventually found Pierson, a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix.

Solo and Max

Solo now lives the good life in a loving home. My mom’s cat Max was her best bud, but he passed away a couple years ago.

By the way, we had a good weekend at my mom’s. My mom has recovered from lung cancer very well. My stepdad’s health is not so great though. We really worry about him.

Emma with GBGV Life said she loves her dog car seat belt. Hers is the AllSafe, by the way. And she says that her new sister Bailie is adjusting to it as well. That’s fantastic! Sometimes it can be difficult introducing a canine car harness to our furry friends. It’s best to start when they are young, but puppies don’t necessarily take to them any easier than adults. Emma also mentioned how she didn’t see her comment after she posted it. Sorry everyone, my comments are set up to go through moderation. There are a ton of methods to keep the spammers at bay and I choose the moderation one.

Ann with My Pawsitively Pets says Shiner has a canine car harness, but since she has a small car, Shiner doesn’t get to ride in the car very often. Makes sense. Shiner is a big girl and I can see how a small car could be uncomfortable for her, not to mention crowded for you.

WHY SELECT ANOTHER DOG CAR SEAT BELT BRAND

Lindsay with That Mutt said, “I think you make a good point that in most cases, any type of restraint is going to be safer than nothing.” Thanks, Lindsay! :) I couldn’t agree more. In fact, even though Kurgo didn’t rank as one of the best in the independent study completed by the Center for Pet Safety, they have a wonderful testimonial from a customer who said the Kurgo canine car harness saved their dog’s life.

FUNNY MEMES

There were a lot of compliments on this post. I love making these funny dog captions with photos of Maya & Pierson and am so glad you all liked them. :) Here’s an oldie but goodie:

Maya Pierson Cookietown

FUNNY DOGS PREVIEW VIDEO

The preview video is finally done! Alas, I’m not quite done with the full episode yet. Enjoy this 20 second preview today, then stop by again this weekend for the first full episode, which will be about 3 minutes.

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog said this about the 20 second preview video, “I love that Pierson has an Aussie accent. I can’t wait to see the whole video. How did you figure out the video editing? Honestly, I have to learn how to do that!

I bought the movie editing software in March of this year. It has taken a lot of playing around to figure out how to use it and I still haven’t mastered all the features.

Thank you everyone for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. And thank you Jodi and Flea for hosing the Follow Up Friday blog hop. Have a great weekend everyone!

Dawn with Maya and Pierson

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In a recent study conducted by a nonprofit organization called the Center for Pet Safety, the ClickIt Utility dog seatbelt was determined to be the safest. If other pet car harnesses fell short, what are some reasons you should still consider them?

THE NEED TO MOVE AROUND

The biggest reason to consider another brand over the ClickIt Utility harness is because some dogs will absolutely not tolerate the kind of restriction enforced by the ClickIt. The more a dog doesn’t like it, the more he might struggle. And the more he struggles, the more likely he is to hurt himself. He may also decide to chew through the car harness, making it completely useless.

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. I also have the floor covered with the Kurgo Backseat Bridge.

The ClickIt Utility harness is the safest because of its ability to keep your dog very secure. So if your dog won’t sit still, you may have to compromise some (but not all) safety for comfort by using a dog seatbelt that gives your best friend the ability to move around.

PRICE

Another reason to consider another brand is price. A lot of time and research went into designing the ClickIt Utility, so its price is high. And it is not just high to cover the costs of development, its price reflects its quality.

THERE ARE OTHER QUALITY BRANDS AVAILABLE

There are other quality pet car harnesses that can be considered. Unlike the Center for Pet Safety’s report in 2011, which tested only four brands, the study completed by them in 2013 tested several brands and the study DID NOT equate to 100% failure. A number of brands passed. Consider the Ruff Rider Roadie or the AllSafe brands as your next choice. These are also higher priced than many other brands, but again, this price is reflected in their quality. The Bergan is less expensive and is a good brand to consider for dogs under 75lbs. The Kurgo Tru-Fit or Go-Tech is a good brand to consider for dogs over 25 pounds and under 75 pounds.

Pierson Blue Go-Tech Dog Car Harness

At about 50lbs, Pierson is in good hands with the Kurgo Go-Tech dog car harness.

ANY BRAND PROVIDES AT LEAST SOME SAFETY

Even the brands that failed the Center for Pet Safety’s test provide some safety. For one, your dog is less likely to be a distraction when he is secured in a dog seatbelt. Hopefully, you haven’t been in many car accidents. But how many times have you had to stop suddenly or swerve out of the way of danger? While substandard pet car harnesses may not do any good in a car accident, they may provide some stability in sudden stops and swerving.

Don’t let the media hype about the safety of pet car harnesses keep you from considering the safety of your best friend. Yes, many brands are inferior to the ClickIt Utility. But even the ClickIt has some shortcomings. And many brands still provide some measure of protection.

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November 4, 2013

Here is a simplified but extensive list of the pros and cons of the dog seat belts we currently have available at PetAutoSafety.com:

Maya ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt kepy my crazy dog Maya in her seat.

CLICKIT UTILITY CANINE CAR HARNESS

Pro and Con – This harness is very restrictive on your dog. This is a pro because the Center for Pet Safety has concluded that the more restricted your dog is, the safer he is likely to be in a car accident. This is a con because some dogs hate to be restricted. While the ClickIt Utility allows your dog to sit and lie down, it does not allow him to stand. And he cannot move around very easily.

Pros
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The top rated brand in regards to safety
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Three point attachment system for ultimate safety
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Padded vest
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Vest lies low on the chest to prevent choking
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Can easily be used for walking as well as riding
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Keeps your dog on the seat
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Prevents side-to-side movements, which can be beneficial in an auto accident
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Comes in three different colors

Cons
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It can’t be used for very small dogs. The extra small is actually for larger small dogs.
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It can only be used in the back seat and only if your vehicle is a 2001 model and later. These newer vehicles have latchbars located between the seat cushions and they are necessary in order to secure your dog with the ClickIt Utility harness.
* Your dog will not be able to stand up or move around while wearing this canine car harness
* Can be difficult putting it on and adjusting it for the first time
* Some reported that when dogs try to move around, they get tangled in the securing straps.

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Expensive

Ruff Rider Roadie Dog Seat Belt

The Ruff Rider Roadie, in business since 1996, is the next best safety brand after the ClickIt.

RUFF RIDER ROADIE

Pros
* The Ruff Rider Roadie is n
ot as restrictive as the ClickIt Utility so your dog can move around a little more
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Safety rating is better than most other brands tested (except ClickIt)
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Converts easily into a walking harness
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Pleated under the front legs in order to prevent chaffing
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Available for almost every size of dog
* Your dog may be able to sit, stand, or lie down while wearing the Ruff Rider Roadie
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Can be used with a car seat belt or in the cargo area if cargo rings are present
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Pressure in a car accident goes on the dog’s chest, not is throat, so no choking
* Made in the USA

Cons
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No padded vest
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Tether adjustment is minimal
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A dog that tries to moves around a lot could get tangled. Using the longer adjustment or using the carabiner to secure your dog instead could help prevent this. But a longer tether decreases safety.
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Because it doesn’t restrict your dog as much as the ClickIt, there is risk that your dog will launch off the seat or side to side in a car accident.
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Tether is non-detachable. It can be used as a leash for walking but is not very long.
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Comes only in one color
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Pricy (not as expensive than the ClickIt but more expensive than many other brands)

Pierson Wearing Bergan Dog Seat Belt

Pierson looks very handsome in his padded Bergan dog seat belt harness. And he doesn’t get tangled in the adjustable tether.

BERGAN DOG SEAT BELT HARNESS

Pros
* The Bergan canine car harness has a v
ery well padded vest
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Fits all but very small dogs
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Depending on if your vehicle has cargo rings, it may be used in the cargo area of an SUV
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Neck and chest strap is fully adjustable
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Less risk of tangling with this tether
* Tether is adjustable in length
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Affordable pricing

Cons
* The Bergan c
an’t easily be used as a walking harness
* The small may be too big for smaller small dogs
* Failed crash testing at extra-large size
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Padding comes a little higher up the chest. Unknown risk of choking.
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Because it doesn’t restrict your dog as much as the ClickIt, there is risk that your dog will launch off the seat or side to side in a car accident.
* Can be a challenge when putting it on and adjusting it for the first time
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Comes only in one color (mossy oak was another color but has been discontinued and only available while supplies last)

Maya Go-Tech Pet Seat Belts

The raspberry Kurgo Go-Tech is the perfect color for my girl Maya. I love the padded chest and how it lies lower and looser around the neck.

KURGO DOG SEAT BELTS

Pros
* Kurgo dog seat belts have a p
added vest
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Can easily be used as a walking harness
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Walking leash can be attached at the back or the front of the chest to limit pulling
* Kurgo
Go-Tech style has a low and loose neck to prevent choking
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Lots of cool colors available
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Affordable pricing

Cons
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Tru-Fit style failed at 25lb and 75lb crash testing (passed at 45lbs)
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It can only be used with the seat belt of the car. It can’t be used in the cargo area.
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Dogs that like to move around can get tangled in the tether mechanism. The direct connect tether can be purchased separately and can help prevent tangling. However, a longer tether means a decrease in safety.
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Go-Tech style neck is not adjustable
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Because it doesn’t restrict your dog as much as the ClickIt, there is risk that your dog will launch off the seat or side to side in a car accident.

Guardian Gear Plaid Dog Seat Belts

These plaid dog seat belts from Guardian Gear are adorable, but consider them as a prevention against driver distraction rather than for safety.

GUARDIAN GEAR / CRUISING COMPANION (STANDARD)

Pros
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Very inexpensive
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Lots of cool colors and styles
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Some are padded
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No tangling or twisting with the tethers
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Can be used as a walking harness

Cons
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Not designed to hold up in a car accident. May help to keep dogs from being a distraction to the driver and may help for sudden stops, but there are no other safety features.
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Some may come up high on the neck, risking choking
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Our site has limited colors and sizes available because we are no longer keeping this dog seat belt harness brand in stock.

We hope this list is helpful. If you have any other questions or concerns about our dog seat belt harness brands, please feel free to email us at naturebydawn@aol.com.

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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2013 Comparison of Dog Car Seat Belts

Author: MayaAndPierson
October 14, 2013
Compare Five Dog Seat Belt Brands

Dog seat belt brands listed left to right, top to bottom: ClickIt Utility, Ruff Rider Roadie, Bergan, Kurgo Tru-Fit, Kurgo Go-Tech.

The study that evaluated the safety of canine car harnesses completed by the Center for Pet Safety has made it much easier for us to determine which brand really is the best. But the best may not always be the right one for you and your dog. So here are some other comparisons for you to consider when looking for the perfect way for your best friend to ride in the car. Please note, our comparison only covers dog car seat belts we currently have available at Pet Auto Safety.

QUALITY
Quality goes nearly hand-in-hand with safety. While most brands appear to be well made, only a couple of them held up in all three crash test weights conducted by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS). So when considering quality, consider safety.

SAFETY
The following is a list of the dog car seat belts rating from the safest to the least effective as according to CPS:
- ClickIt Utility
- Ruff Rider Roadie
- Bergan
- Kurgo Tru-Fit
- Kurgo Go-Tech
- Pet Buckle
- Guardian Gear (our standard brand)
The Kurgo Go-Tech was not part of the study conducted by CPS (see their full report from CPS here). However, it is very much like the Tru-Fit in style and make. Pet Buckle failed the safety tests conducted by CPS. Guardian Gear was not tested by CPS but we know for a fact that these canine car harnesses have not been tested for safety by the manufacturer. They are primarily used to help prevent driver distractions and to help keep a dog from getting thrown around in a sudden stop or swerve.

PRICE
As would be expected, the price generally reflects the quality and safety. The following brands are listed from most expensive to least expensive:
- ClickIt Utility – $90 – $100
- Ruff Rider Roadie – $43 – $55
- Pet Buckle – $28 – $55
- Bergan – $24 – $35
- Kurgo Go-Tech – $22 – $32
- Kurgo – Tru-Fit – $20 – $30
- Guardian Gear – $13 – $20

EASE OF USE
All these pet safety belt brands seem difficult to put on your dog when putting them on for the first time. Even the second and third attempt can be difficult. But once you get used to it, all of them are easy. I do think, however, with the ClickIt Utility’s three attachment points that securing your dog in the car with this brand takes slightly more effort than the others do. But it is not difficult once you get a hang of it.

HOW THEY WORK
There are three different ways to secure your dog in the car with a pet safety belt:
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Use the safety belt of your car and run it through a loop on the harness. This method is used by the Ruff Rider Roadie, Kurgo, Pet Buckle, and is one of the three attachment points used by the ClickIt Utility. The ClickIt, however, doesn’t actually run through a loop. It runs through the harness straps itself.

Kurgo Tru-Fit Tether Loop

The seat belt of your car goes through a loop on the tether of certain dog seat belt brands.

Back of the ClickIt Dog Seat Belt

The seat belt of your car goes through the back of the ClickIt as one of three attachment points of the harness.

2. Connect the harness tether to the latchbar located between the seat cushions of 2001 to newer vehicle models. This method can be used by the Ruff Rider Roadie with their included caribiner clip, Bergan with the caribiner clip on its tether, Pet Buckle if the Kwik-Connect tether is used, and it is the other two attachment points used by the ClickIt.

Kwik-Connect Tether for Pet Buckle

The Kwik-Connect tether clips onto the latchbar located between the cushions rear car seats (2001 and newer models).

Tether of the ClickIt Utility Dog Safety Belt

These two tethers attach to the latchbars located between the rear seat cushions, and in turn attach to the sides of the ClickIt Utility dog safety belt.

3. Connect directly to the seat belt. The Bergan brand does this by clipping the carabiner in between the webbing of the seat belt receptacle. The Kurgo brand has a direct to seat belt connector that is sold separately and buckles directly into the seat belt receptacle. The Guardian Gear brand buckles directly into the seat belt receptacle as well.

3 Bergan Tether Attachment

The caribiner clip of the Bergan tether can clip between the webbing of the seat belt receptacle.

Buckle Strap for Dog Car Harness

The Kurgo direct to seat belt tether buckles directly into the seat belt receptacle.

The ClickIt must use the first two connection methods. The other brands that have more than one possible connection method must use one method or the other.

FITTING
- ClickIt – Adjusts at both the neck and the chest. The vest piece for the extra small and small may be too bulky for smaller dogs with narrow chests or short bodies. It measures 9 inches long and the narrowest part of the vest is 3.5 inches wide. Despite the sizing indications, the extra small and small is not intended for very small dogs.
- Ruff Rider Roadie – Adjusts at the neck and the chest for medium through extra-large sizes. The neck on the small sizes is not adjustable.
- Bergan – Adjusts at both the neck and the chest. The vest piece for the small may be too bulky for smaller dogs. The harness does not fit very small dogs. The extra-large harness is the largest of all our extra-large harness brands.
- Kurgo Tru-Fit – Adjusts at the neck and the chest.
- Kurgo Go-Tech – Adjusts at the chest only. The harness will be loose at the neck for dogs with a really narrow neck.
- Pet Buckle – Adjusts at the chest and neck. The large size can be adjusted to fit medium-sized dogs but is generally too heavy because of the buckles. Therefore, this brand is only suitable for larger small breeds, or larger medium to large breeds.
Guardian Gear – All styles are adjustable at the chest. Some styles may or may not be adjustable at the neck.

Dog car seat belts we did not consider in our comparison but rated well in safety according to CPS include the Allsafe and RC Pet. Allsafe did as well as the Ruff Rider Roadie and RC Pet rated as well as the Bergan. We did not include these brands in our comparison because we have no experience with them.

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The report from the Center for Pet Safety regarding the safety of pet car harnesses is finally out. The news is good in some ways but not so good in others. Before we give a brief summary of the report, let us remind you that injury to a dog in a car accident is much more likely if they are not harnessed at all. So even though a dog seat belt may have failed the Center for Pet Safety’s standards, something is better than nothing. See our post about what if a dog isn’t restrained in the car.

ClickIt Utility is the Top Performing Dog Seat Belt

The good news is that the ClickIt Utiltiy dog seat belt from Sleepypod is the top performer! It consistently passed all tests for all sizes, kept your dog in the seat, and restricted side-to-side movement. We recently acquired this brand and it is currently available on our retail site, free shipping.

Maya ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt kepy my crazy dog Maya in her seat.

These next two brands did not fail, but they didn’t do as well as the ClickIt Utility: Allsafe and Ruff Rider. We have Ruff Rider Roadie available on our site, but not Allsafe.

These next brands failed in some ways, but not all:
- The Canine Friendly from RC Pet failed at the 75lb level for larger dogs.
- Bergan failed at the 75lb level for larger dogs.
- The Kurgo Tru-Fit failed at the 25lb and 75lb level but did well for the 45lb level for medium sized dogs.

We have the Bergan and Kurgo brands on our retail site. If the ClickIt Utility and Ruff Rider is a bit out of one’s price range, we suggest the Bergan for small dogs, and the Bergan or Kurgo for medium dogs. I believe Kurgo has just released a new dog seat belt for larger dogs. It is available on Kurgo’s site only at this time.

Pet Buckle failed at all sizes. They have also opted out of test attendance with the Center for Pet Safety. We will be discontinuing this brand.

These brands, which we do not sell, did not make it to the crash test level. The Center for Pet Safety determined their quality was not adequate enough to pass any crash test:  Champion from USA Canine Outfitters, Clix from In the Company of Animals, EZ-Rider from Coastal, and the Pet Safety Harness and Adapter from Snoozer.

For more detailed information, check out the full report from the Center for Pet Safety.

Since the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt is a brand new product, I do not feel that our company made a bad decision in the products we elected to sell. The only one of our products that claimed crash testing and completely failed was the Pet Buckle. When we first started selling Pet Buckle, it was the only brand which used metal buckles. It was innovative at the time. When new companies started arising we added them to our inventory but didn’t stop Pet Buckle. After all, Pet Buckle and the newer brands all made the same pet safety claims.

We’re glad we took up the Ruff Rider brand. And we still like the Bergan and Kurgo brands even though they did not hold up as well as the others. Not everyone is going to be able to afford the nearly $100 price of the ClickIt Utiltiy. Since something is still better than nothing, we will continue to sell the Bergan and Kurgo. However, we will be adding a disclosure regarding the Center for Pet Safety’s report on our site over the next few days.

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