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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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Bark Buckle UP is the recognized innovative leader and experts in pet auto travel safety. They evaluate pet products for safety functions, durability, quality, engineering, product design, and ease of use. Pet Auto Safety.com is proud to promote the same pet products as approved by Bark Buckle UP: the Pet Buckle Kennel Restraint System and the Pet Buckle Dog Seat Belt Harness. Both the Kennel Restraint System and the Dog Seat Belt Harness designed and manufactured by Pet Buckle have been crash tested. Due to the extreme cost of crash testing, this is a rare feature in manufacturers of the dog seat belt harness. Bark Buckle UP also has a stat-tracker program which collects statistics about pet auto safety. This information is then used in improving the laws for pet auto safety. Pet auto safety is important not just for your dog, but for you and others on the road as well.

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January 2, 2010

With more people traveling long distances during the Holiday Season, it is not a surprise that many of these travelers take their pets with them. There are probably more people traveling with their pets this time of year than during any other time of year. And as a result, we have seen an increase in the number of articles written about dogs being involved in car accidents. In some of the articles, the dog survives. But in most of them, the dogs were killed.

A couple in Fostoria, Ohio were taken to the hospital after a car wreck on December 28, 2009. Last heard, the couple were in stable condition, but their dog had been killed in the car accident. To read more about this accident visit http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091231/NEWS16/912319988/0/SPORTS12.

Two of three dogs involved in a car accident in Rochester, New Hampshire were killed while one survived. One of the dogs killed was an 8-week-old puppy which had been a Christmas gift. To read more about this accident visit http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091231/GJNEWS_01/712319918/-1/FOSNEWS.

Near Pheonix, Oregon, we here of a dog who was ejected from the car during an accident. The dog survived the car accident but was tragically killed when it was struck by another car after fleeing the scene of the accident. To read more about this accident visit http://kdrv.com/news/local/157500.

In the UK, there was a car accident where the car was left balancing off a 6 foot drop. All occupants survived with only minor injuries, including the dog who was completely unharmed. The dog had been in its pet travel carrier when the accident occurred. To read more about this accident visit http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/news/Dog-rescued-car-accident/article-1665648-detail/article.html.

Here is what we can learn from these stories: First, a dog seat belt harness can help to protect your pet during a car accident just like a car seat belt can help people and children during a car accident. Second, if a dog is wearing a dog seat belt harness during an accident, they can’t be ejected from or flee from the scene of an accident only to disappear or be struck by another car. And third, a dog seat belt harness is not the only way to keep your pet safe in the vehicle. Putting your dog in a pet travel carrier can help as well.

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It has come to our attention that the extra-small Houndstooth Dog Seat Belt Harness is sometimes too small for extra small dogs. The next size up is the small-medium Houndstooth Dog Seat Belt Harness, but these are usually too big. We have notified Cruising Companion, which is the manufacturer of these products, and we hope to have the size correction made soon. It is a simple matter of lengthening the girth strap.

Before you buy an extra-small Houndstooth Dog Seat Belt Harness, be sure to measure your dog’s girth (chest) size. If your dog’s girth size is more than 15″, the extra-small Houndstooth Dog Seat Belt Harness won’t fit. And unless your dog is 20″ or more in girth, the small-medium size will be too big. So, in other words, don’t get the Houndstooth Dog Seat Belt Harness if your dog has a girth between 15″ and 20″.

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July 25, 2009

Lola Driving the Car

If your dog is sitting in your lap when you drive, this is not only a danger to you, but also to your dog. Your dog may hold still and simply snuggle up in your lap, but what if you have to stop suddenly? Your dog will most likely get thrown onto the floor under the pedals.

If your dog looks out the window when you drive, your dog may fly out of the window if you stop too quickly. You don’t have to slam on the brakes for your small dog to get thrown.

A dog in your lap is a very real danger. So please keep your pet off your lap when you drive. If your dog insists on trying to sit in your lap, this can be a distraction too. Try putting your dog in a pet car seat or a dog seat belt harness. A pet car seat for a dog can be as safe as a baby seat is for a child. And a dog seat belt harness can be as safe for a dog as it is for a person.

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April 4, 2009

Vehicle Door Bib

Surely you have heard of a dog seat belt harness and a pet car seat. But what about a window bumper or door bib? Pet Auto Safety.com not only has a dog seat belt harness and pet car seat, but they also have some rather unusual pet travel products for your dog. Our unique pet travel products include:

1) Pet travel products like the Extend-A-Seat gives your dog more room in the back seat of your car. It also keeps your dog from getting thrown onto the floor should you have to make a sudden stop.

2) The vehicle door bibs protect your vehicle door panels from scratches, dirt, dog drool, and pet hair.

3) The automobile window bumper allows your dog to look out the car window with comfort. It is cushioned for comfort and clips easily to the car window.

4) Other unique pet travel products include a truck tether, portable water bowls, and pet ramps.

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March 29, 2009

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Pet Auto Safety.com offers a guarantee fit promise on the dog seat belt harness. If the size of the dog seat belt harness does not fit your dog, return it to them in its original condition and Pet Auto Safety will send you the correct size. They will only send one size up or down of the dog seat belt harness. If you need one size smaller of the dog seat belt harness, you will be refunded the difference in cost as well as the cost for you to return the product. If you need one size larger of the dog seat belt harness, you will not be charged the difference and your shipping cost will NOT be refunded.

Not only does Pet Auto Safety have a Guarantee Fit Promise, they also have a Satisfaction Guarantee Promise. If you are not satisfied with the dog seat belt harness you purchased from them, simply send it back and you will receive a refund of the product cost. Shipping costs will not be refunded.

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February 20, 2009

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I really love my dogs and I’m sure you love yours. And if you are anything like me, you like to take your dogs with you when you travel, whether it be to the dog park, the pet store, or to visit family or friends. Or maybe you want to take your dog with you but your dog just won’t behave in the car. Well, there is a great solution which not only helps to keep your dog from distracting you while you drive, but also helps to keep your dog safe should someone or something cause you to get into a car wreck.

Using a dog seat belt harness is becoming more and more common. You can get them at pet stores or online. Even regular department stores are starting to carry them. And the dog seat belt harness is relatively inexpensive. My eldest dog has always worn a dog seat belt harness and now I have a new puppy who is also learning to wear one. I absolutely love the dog seat belt harness. I feel so much safer on the road with all of us wearing a restraint. I not only feel better for them, but for myself as well.

Part II of this article will be posted tomorrow and the other parts will follow.
Part II will address the Pet Safety Reasons for Dogs to Wear a Dog Seat Belt Harness.
Part III will address the Driver Safety Reason for Dogs to Wear a Dog Seat Belt Harness.
Part IV will address Driver and Passenger Safety Reasons for Dogs to Wear a Dog Seat Belt Harness.
Part V will address Other Solutions to Keeping Your Pet Safe While Traveling in the Car.

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December 7, 2008

We are currently in need of photos of pets wearing our dog seat belt harness.  If you check out our main site, we currently only have a photo of our large dog, Maya, wearing the dog seat belt harness.  We need a photo of a cat or tea-cup sized dog, an extra small dog, a small/medium dog, and an extra large dog wearing the dog seat belt harness.

If purchase a seat belt from us, submit a JPEG photo of your dog wearing the dog seat belt harness to naturebydawn@aol.com with “Seat Belt Photo” as the subject.  Just by submitting the photo, you will receive a 20% refund.  If we select your photo, you will receive a full refund, including shipping.  See our web page for more details of the Win A Free Dog Seat Belt Harness Contest.

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