I am so ashamed.
I’m truly embarrassed.
However, I must put it out there for the world to read –
When it comes to car safety for dogs, I am quilty of negligence. #bigtime
Here’s my wacky defense –
In the past, both of my Doodles were the type of dogs who laid down and behaved like they had sense in a moving vehicle. There was never a bunch of movement – they just sat or laid down in the backseat.
This behavior I found – is “not” true with ALL dogs. From day one, Jax has been a car riding nightmare…
For whatever reason, I never really gave car restraints much attention until Jaxson. He refuses to stay in the Kurgo Car Hammock with Harley. He rides all over the place.
… and the front seat…
When he’s bored – he’ll play a game and hop his way to the trunk area…
And when we stop – he’ll hop back up to the front seat #sillyrabbit…
As I watch him ride on the console like an air freshener ornament, I feel very much like a hypocrite. I’m that person who glares at people behind the wheel, dog on their lap with half of their tiny body hanging out the window. #wheresthepopo?
I realize now that I am just as bad. #shamed
Forbes magazine really got my attention when they gave an example of “force” during a crash. Talk about making it personal – they used Jax’s projected adult weight in their description:
“The thing people don’t think about is that [having a dog in the car] is like carrying an 80 pound sack of spuds behind your seat,” said Michael McHale, director of communications at Subaru of America. AAA says that a 10-pound unrestrained dog in a car traveling 30 miles an hour will exert 300 pounds of force during a crash.
I’m okay with making a mistake, but I cannot continue, ignore, or repeat my behavior. I now realize and accept that –
- Jax has to be restrained in the car.
- Harley should also be better protected in the car.
As I began to research:
- car safety for dogs
- dog restraints
- state laws requiring pets to be restrained
I received an email from Kurgo inviting me to try their Tru-Fit Enhanced Strength Dog Harness. #kismet
I ordered a medium for Jax and a large for Harley. They were easy to slip on and the “nesting buckle system” makes securing the straps a breeze…
The chest pad reduces stress on the trachea and sternum dispensing kinetic energy across your dogs chest. Very important feature should an accident occur. #Godforbid
You also have two options of restraint styles to choose from:
- you can use the carabiner to attach the harness to your car seatbelt system – or –
- you can use the 10-inch dog seat belt tether to give your dog more range of movement.
Presently I’m limiting Jax’s mobility for now…
and using the tether option to give Harley just a little more range of movement.
This harness is:
- compatible with any vehicle seat belt system
- crash tested
- machine washable (line dry)
- and it functions as an walking harness as well #doodletastic
There’s a halt ring on the front chest plate. When Jax tries to pull, it gently turns him around – which eventually will train him that pulling gets him nowhere! This is pawfect when we’re out and about and I need him to remain close…
While looking into car safety for dogs, state regulations, legislations, etc… I’ve learned some interesting and frightening statistics.
DID YOU KNOW?
“The American Pet Products Association determined that 78 million dogs reside in US households. So, if 56% of those 78 million dogs are going for a ride at least once a month … that’s 43,680,000 dogs traveling in vehicles. And, only 16% are buckled up? That means 36,691,200 dogs’ lives are being put at risk every month.”
(Information provided by GoPetFriendly.com)
I’m happy to report (so far) that I’ve received no resistance from Jax with the car harness.
Using it as a walking harness?
That’s a whole different blog post 🙂 Let’s just say the fat lady hasn’t sung yet #crazydoodle…
Consider me a convert. Whereas I never gave car safety for dogs a great deal of thought, I feel so much better when everyone’s buckled up.
The car harness works well with the Dog Hammock too, it doesn’t impede usage.
Whether we’re doodling around town or headed south on the highway, Jax’s “riding dirty” days are officially over!…
To all my blogging friends headed to the Blog Paws 2015 Conference in Nashville, please be careful out there & buckle up!
* I received two Tru-Fit Enhanced Strength Harnesses in exchange for my honest opinion regarding this product. I was not compensated for this review.