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Gives me peace of mind
on 30 December 2011
This is a great idea for anyone who has their dog travelling on the back seat of their car.
My dog isn't happy being in a crate in the boot, she howls and pants throughout the journey making it stressful for everyone involved. As soon as she is in the back seat and is closer to us she settles down beautifully and is completely quiet. However, I don't like her being loose on the back seat for her own safety and ours.
I have tried a specialist harness which is supposed to fit around her shoulders, under her chest and then attach to the safety belt. It was awful. No matter how we tried to adjust it - and we spent hours trying different combinations of loosening and tightening straps it never fitted properly and dug into her chest and underarms.
This Happy Pet Dog Seat Belt is brilliant in its simplicity. I use the standard harness on my dog that I use on all walks. The clip on this belt hooks easily onto the D ring on the bottom of the harness and the other end fits securely into the place where you would pop in the seat belt. It is also simple to remove, I just unclip the hook on the D ring and leave the seat belt part attached to the car - it saves me setting it up next time.
It is made of a strong nylon webbing fabric, much like the leads that you can purchase in any pet store. It is easy to wipe down and clean if your pet is muddy when they get into the car.
There is enough length on this belt to allow my dog to lie down, sit up and move around a bit on the seat; she isn't stuck in one position. But, the most important thing is it keeps her as safe as is possible in the car.
I specifically attach it to a harness rather than a collar as I fear that if there were an accident and we were to stop quickly then the collar could cause a serious or fatal injury to my dog's neck. I know the harness could also cause some damage to her chest or ribs but at least the force would be distributed a little more. That is just my own personal opinion and not based on any scientific fact or evidence.
This is one of those products that has a specific purpose and it does it very well; I am pleased that we purchased it.