I have had a lot of great questions and comments about dog seat belts this week, so let’s jump right in with the recap.
LAST WEEK’S FOLLOW UP
Jodi with Heart Like a Dog asked how to determine the correct size of pet car harness to get. Each brand has a different method, which can make things kind of confusing. So the first thing to do is determine which brand to get.
The Bergan makes it easy to determine what size is needed. All you need to know is the weight of your dog. Kurgo, too, can go by weight, but knowing your dog’s chest measurement also helps. The Ruff Rider Roadie also needs the chest measurement.
Measure your dog’s chest by wrapping a tape measure around the biggest part of his chest. Use the two-finger rule, which means put two fingers under the measure when you do this. The measurement is also called the girth. Maya’s girth is 31 inches. According to Kurgo’s measurement guidelines, Maya would need a large which fits dogs with a girth between 24 and 34 inches. According to the Ruff Rider Roadie, she’d need a medium 2.
The ClickIt Utility pet car harness requires a different measurement. You have to measure both your dog’s neck and chest in a figure 8. Here’s a video with detailed instructions – Sizing for ClickIt Utility dog seat belts.
Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews compared the use of a pet car harness to when seat belt laws for people first became mandatory. It took a lot of persuasion (and threats of getting a ticket) to convince people to wear them. Today, it still takes some convincing. Perhaps someday, we will all see the benefits for ourselves and our family, including our pets.
Hawk with Brown Dog CBR said, “I need a longer tether for my harness. I prefer my crate, but my size or rather the crate’s size prevents it fitting into the car. I HATE the harness and seat belt! It always get all twisted whenever I need to lay down. The harness fits perfectly, but the tether is WAY too short to allow any movement.” With the recent research that determined all dog seat belts may not be as safe as we like, a lot of people are considering pet travel crates. But you’re right, Hawk. This is not easy to do for big dogs. There is no way Maya and Pierson’s dog crate will fit in my car. Speaking of tangling in the tethers, the brand I’ve found the best is the Bergan tether. It is sold separately so that you don’t have to buy the whole harness. Kurgo also has a direct connect tether – Replacement Tethers for harnesses.
Regarding the importance of picking up your dog’s poop when traveling, Roxy with Roxy the Traveling Dog says, “Very true, because we are always traveling, I have bags in the truck, in my purse, sometimes in my pocket. I always pick up the poop.” Me too! I have poop bags in the car and in all my coat pockets. I don’t carry around a purse so my cell phone, driver’s license, and credit cards are always in my pants pockets, along with a few poop bags.
Sugar with Sugar the Golden Retriever noted about how some parks are beginning to restrict dogs to certain areas. This is because people aren’t picking up after their dogs. So it is very important that we show how responsible we can be when it comes to our furry best friends.
FUNNY DOGS CAR TALK ADVENTURES
The first episode of Maya and Pierson’s car travel video is finally finished! If you missed it, check it out below.
Be sure to give it a thumbs up on YouTube! Maya, Pierson, and I would love it if you’d share it too.
Snoopy with Snoopy’s Dog Blog said, “I loved the video!! It was very informative, but in a cool and fun way – great job! Looking forward to the next videos – Maybe Maya and Pierson will be getting and Oscar for their performances?”
Thanks so much, Snoopy! They might not get an Oscar, but they got a lot of treats for cooperating so well. When Maya said, “Huh?” in the video, it was because I said the word “cookie”. And Pierson really does need bribing sometimes when it comes to getting in the car.
I have a bunch of figurines left over from another website I used to run for animal figurines, so I thought I would give some away. Sorry I’m not giving away something as exciting as pet travel supplies this time. But I will in December, I promise! In the meantime, there is still a chance to win a cute dog figurine. If you’re not interested in one for yourself, it might make a good gift. Or if your shelter or rescue group does auctions to raise money, you can give it to them. The contest is open until the end of the month.
Well, that’s all I have for this week. Thanks for stopping by! And thank you to Jodi and Donna for hosting the Follow Up Friday blog hop!
Dawn with Maya & Pierson
Welcome to the Scoop that Poop blog hop hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever. I can’t tell you enough about how important it is to pick up after your dog. This is especially important when you travel with them. Why? Because you want there to be more dog friendly places, right? Parks, rest stops, and hotels are going to be more open about allowing dogs if we pick up after them.
So the next time you travel with your dog, take poop patrol very seriously. Pick up your dog’s poo. If you see someone else’s dog left a little present in the grass or on the sidewalk, it would be really pawsome if you picked that up too. Yes, it is gross. But it is also easy to do.
Join the Scoop that Poop campaign and check out the poop patrol blog hop below.
I really hoped to have the preview video for pet auto safety ready today, but I’m having a little trouble with some voice editing. I truly hope to have the preview video ready tomorrow, then perhaps episode 1 by Friday.
Since I don’t have the preview video ready yet, how about some funny dog memes of Maya & Pierson?
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For the past several months, Maya, Pierson, and I have been working really hard on a fun new dog car adventure video. And we’re almost done! Here are some images from the upcoming video:
These and other cute cartoons are in the video too:
Stop by our blog again soon to see a video preview and the finished video of Episode 1!
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Friday is here again. Let’s do the happy dance! What’s the happy dance? It’s the same dance your dog does when it is time for dinner. This week’s Follow Up Friday is hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Linda with 2 Brown Dawgs. After you see what we have been up to this week, visit their blogs and other dog blogs from the follow up blog hop below.
Last Week’s Follow Up
We Live in a Flat says they can’t use the new ClickIt Utility because they have an older car without the latchbars. Guess what? My car, the one that was recently rear-ended, is an older car too. It has no latchbars either. So if Maya rides in my car, I can only secure her through the back of the ClickIt harness. I can’t use the two side tethers to secure her. Despite that, Maya is still very secure, as secure as she was in the other dog car harness brands. However, her security is not as good as it would be if she was using all three connections. But it is still secure and I am a firm believer that something is better than nothing, especially when using nothing means Maya will be all over the car and distracting me when I drive.
Canine epilepsy was from a post back in May, but the comment is from this past week. Dawn Frost with MR2BC Travel Logs asks, “By the way, what do you do to keep Pierson safe in your vehicle in case he seizes. We have a backseat hammock for Morgan. The hammock keeps him from getting caught in cracks and crevices.”
The hammock is an excellent idea to keep Morgan from getting caught on something and from falling onto the floor. Pierson wears a dog car harness to keep him from falling onto the floor if he seizes. The Kurgo Backseat Bridge also helps keep him from falling onto the floor. And I suppose the pet car seat cover keeps him from getting caught on anything. Who would have thought that pet travel safety products can also help protect a dog with canine epilepsy?
Comparing Pet Seat Belts
Mollie’s Dog Treats says, “I’ve got to get Mollie a new seat belt, the one she has is fraying as we use it for walking too and has been washed so many times where she goes in the mud LOL. XXOOXX“
Yes, you definitely should get a new safety harness if the other one is fraying. You don’t want it to break.
Roxy the Traveling Dog says, “Torrey is in the back seat and lays down, sits up, changes positions. I can’t see her loving a harness at all.”
So very true for many dogs. Pet seat belts will take away their freedom and could make them uncomfortable. I could say, too bad. If we make our children wear seat belts even though they are more comfortable without them, then we should make our dogs too. But it is not just about comfort. A dog that does not like to be restrained will likely try to get out of the harness. Sorry folks, but there is no such thing as an escape-proof seat belt. A determined dog can get out of them. And the harder they try to get out, the more likely they are to hurt themselves and defeat the purpose of the safety device.
Training might help. Maya had to be trained to get used to hers. I have to work with her again with the very restrictive ClickIt Utility. She had more freedom with the other brands, but this one is something she is not used to at all and I don’t want her to fight it and get out of it. There are also other pet travel safety products such as a secured pet travel carrier or a car seat for dogs (which Roxy is considering).
We had a number of friends tell us their dogs already wear pet seat belts. Let’s put our paws together for Snoopy with Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Shiner with Pawsitively Pets, and Dexter with Fidose of Reality! A lot of people loved Clover’s photo from Wordless Wednesday so here are a couple others of her:
ClickIt Utility Giveaway
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway posted on October 5th to win the new ClickIt Utility. If you’ve already entered, don’t forget you can submit more entries on the rafflecopter by tweeting daily.
Thanks for joining us for this Follow Up Friday. Thank you Jodi and Linda for hosting the blog hop. Enjoy your weekend and see you all next week!
This is our friend, Clover. She comes over to our house for a play date every once in a while. She is the only dog, besides Maya, that my other dog Pierson gets along with. Here is a photo of sweet Clover wearing her new Kurgo Tru-Fit dog seat belt:
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Welcome to Follow Up Friday where we recap the past week events. Before we get started, I want to say thanks to Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and JoAnn with Sand Spring Chesapeakes for hosting this blog hop!
Lindsay with That Mutt asked, “Are there seat belts designed specifically for dogs under 10 pounds? Or are those dogs, like cats, better off riding in crates?“
This is an excellent question! Although the Center for Pet Safety has not yet conducted a study of pet travel crates, I am confident of the testing completed by Sleepypod. Before Sleepypod designed their top rated ClickIt Utility pet seat belt, they designed and crash tested the best pet travel carriers I have ever seen. Check out this crash test video of the Sleepypod carrier:
When Sleepypod began designing dog car harnesses they found smaller pets were better protected in their carriers. So to answer your question more directly, yes, smaller pets are better off riding in crates; specifically, in pet travel carriers that are preferably soft-sided and are secured in the car.
There are lots of comments on this post for obvious reasons. If you haven’t entered to win the new ClickIt Utility yet, please do. The contest is open until the end of October and you can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway.
I noticed a lot of commenters on this post gave the weight of their dog rather than the measurement. It is very important that you measure your dog. Some of the weights people indicated for their dogs sound like these dogs are too small to fit the smallest ClickIt. You’d think the extra-small size is for toy dogs but it’s not. It is for larger small dogs. To fit the extra-small, your dog should have a combined measurement of 31 to 36 inches. Another measurement to consider for small dogs is the size of the vest. The vest piece of the extra-small is 9″ long. The narrowest part of the vest is 3.5 inches wide. This means the vest might be too bulky for smaller dogs.
One question came up in the contest, Janet K asked if we have the orange ClickIt Utility dog car harnesses. Yes, but all sizes except the orange are out of stock. Lots of these are out of stock and we only have a few left. More will not be available until mid-November.
Sugar the Golden Retriever said, “FUN Event. We missed Dogtoberseft last weekend due to the rain. LOVE Roxy’s costume. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar“
Our weather was fantastic, for the most part. It was a little chilly in the morning, but it wasn’t as cold as it was last year. And it warmed up nicely. Maya and I really had a great time.
In regards to Roxy’s costume, it really is cute, isn’t it? Roxy’s mom and aunt, Bridget and Rhonda, make dog clothes. They make other dog stuff too. In fact, they also made the cooling dog collars from our site.
The cooling dog collars have ice packs in them so that your dog can be cool and cool-looking. Click Maya’s picture to see these on our website. We have a few medium and large ones left. No more will be ordered until next spring.
Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews says, “Omigoodness! This looks like so much fun! I love the Border Collie! And the Mastiffs! *SQUEEEE*“
I saw a lot of other breeds and cool breed mixes at the Dogtoberfest. But I was too busy to get a bunch of photos. That’s a good thing, of course. BTW Flea, I bet those dogs would have really loved a shank bone or other treat from Jones Natural Chews.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for joining us for Follow Up Friday. And thanks again to Jodi and JoAnne. Don’t forget to enter the contest for the ClickIt Utility pet seat belt. Good luck and have a great weekend!
Sunday, October 6th was the Dogtoberfest event held at South Park in Lawrence, Kansas. I was there as a vendor with a couple of tables of our pet travel supplies. Maya was there as well. Her job was to look cute and to occasionaly demonstrate her new ClickIt Utility dog car harness. Here is a photo I took of Maya and several other photos of the event:
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Friday is here again! It’s time to recap the past week’s events. And let me tell you, it has been an eventful week. Before I get to that, though, let me thank Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Lynda from Two Ears and a Tail for hosting the Follow Up Friday blog hop. Thanks!
There were a lot of great comments from last week’s Follow Up Friday. One that needs special mention is the one from Flea with DogTreatWeb for Jones Natural Chews. She knows we go from Kansas to Texas and back every year and that we drive through Oklahoma on the way. So she invited us to stop by on the way back! I’m so excited!!! I can’t wait to meet Flash, Patches, Jimmy, and all the lovely hens. And Flea would love to meet Pierson. So be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss the post about our trip at the end of December.
The New ClickIt Utility Dog Safety Belt is Here!
I knew the ClickIt Utility was going to be nice but I didn’t really expect it to work well enough to keep my Maya in her seat. She is a crazy dog and likes to stand up and move around. This is the first pet car harness that keeps her in her seat. I really truly love it!
Ms. Phoebe the cat had a good question about the ClickIt Utility. She asked if her 70lb doggie sister would be able to lie down in the harness. The answer is yes. My Labrador Maya wanted to move around so badly, but the only thing she could do to move was to lie down. Having the Kurgo Backseat Bridge in place might help my big girl be able to lie down in the forward facing position without hanging off the seat. (The photo of Maya above does not show the Kurgo Backseat Bridge because I took the photo in my husband’s car. My car is a 1998 and does not have the latch system.)
Snoopy with Snoopy’s dog blog asked if the dog safety belt harness could also be used as a walking harness. Yes, Snoopy, it can. It has a ring on the back to allow for this. It does not, however, have a ring in the front like the Kurgo harness does.
Roxi asked if her 75lb German Shepherd and 30lb mixed breed could both ride in the back seat while wearing this pet car harness. Yes, Roxi, both can ride in the back seat. All vehicles 2001 model and later have the latchbar system in place for baby car seats. This latchbar system consists of these metal anchors located between the seat cushions. For both the left and right side of the seat (but not the middle) there are two anchors.
There are no anchors in the front seat so your dog will not be able to wear the ClickIt in the front. Other brands, however, may work in the front seat. We usually do not recommend dogs in the front seat, though, because front passenger side airbags are not safe for dogs.
The Center for Pet Safety Report is Out
Remember the 2001 report where four harnesses failed, thereby mislabeling all pet seat belts as a failure? Well the October 2013 report showed that not all brands were failures. The ClickIt Utility dog safety belt got the highest marks. It outperformed all other brands. Other brands did okay and still others completely failed. If you haven’t read my post regarding this, please go check it out now. It was published October 3rd, 2013.
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky’s mom from SamsNorthernGirl blog mentioned a couple of dogs probably would not be comfortable wearing the ClickIt Utility dog safety belt because it is too restrictive. Both Callie and Shadow have mild hip dysplasia that could be aggravated by being forced to stay in one place. The restriction of this particular brand is definitely something people want to consider. While it is good to be as restricted in the car as much as possible in most cases, I can see how something like hip problems could be an exception.
Thankfully, other brands did not fail the test. A brand like the Ruff Rider Roadie harness may not have done as well as the ClickIt, but it did not fail the testing done by the Center for Pet Safety. There are other methods of keeping your dog safe in the car as well. A secured pet travel crate might be just as good as a harness. The Center for Pet Safety has not yet conducted studies on this but will. We will keep you posted.
Thank you all for stopping by and for your comments. The more we engage in conversations about the safety of our pets, the better things will get.
Every couple of months, the Lawrence Humane Society has a little gathering called the Mutt Mixer. It is where people can come to bring their dogs and they get to hang around in the huge exercise pens with other dogs. The mixing part is the dogs with homes and their people get to meet dogs up for adoption. It’s a great socializing activity that Maya loves. I like it too, but I mostly hang out outside of the fenced area at a small table where I have the dog seat belts. I still get to socialize, though! Here are some of the photos from the event last Thrusday (the 26th).
These other photos are from the same event held in May.
We didn’t make it to the one in July. View our posts from the end of July to see why.
Do you have any fun events for dogs in your neighborhood?
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