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Dog Car Safety

Chris and I are gearing up to get a new (to us, at least) car soon!  To a lot of people it probably seems weird that we don't have one already, but we live in the city.  Between public transit, taxis, and Uber we've never had an issue getting around our city and the surrounding areas.  But we don't want to live in the city forever.  Getting a car is the first step of our escape plan, plus will allow us to travel more and greatly expand our adventure radius.

What's an adventure without a furry friend or two in tow?  I'm excited to be able to explore more hiking areas with the dogs, and having a car will make it much easier for us to take them on vacations with us.  Both my boys are snuggle bugs, and love curling up in our laps.  They can also both be quite hyper at times.  I love their personalities, but for safeties sake we can't have them jumping all over the car, or trying to sleep on our laps while we're driving.  Thus my search for the perfect doggy car seats began.

I thought my task would be an easy one.  Alas, I quickly learned that when it comes to car safety seats for dogs, things aren't so cut and dry.  Did you know that most products sold as pet car safety devices aren't actually crash/safety tested?  Not only does this put our furry friends at risk, but it can spell danger for human passengers as well.  Animals who are not properly contained during an accident can essentially become projectiles.

Luckily there are some awesome people/associations out there advocating for higher safety standards.  The Center for Pet Safety conducts independent crash tests on popular dog car safety products.  Their most recent test results are from 2015.  In October of 2015 The Dodo published the condensed results of crash tests preformed by the Center for Pet Safety.

Top preforming products included Sleepypod's Clickit Sport Utility Safety Harness, Sleepypod's Mobile Pet Bed, Petego's Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier, and Gunner Kennels.

Hopefully, in time, both manufactures as well as consumers will start paying more attention to just how safe pet car seats/carriers/harnesses are.  Crash testing dog car safety products will hopefully become a standard practice rather than an exception.  I'd love to have a much wider variety of safety tested products to choose from when selecting what type of car restraints to purchase for my own dogs.

Until there are more proven options out there, I'm personally leaning towards Sleepypod products for my own dogs.  I like that the Sleepypod harnesses/pet beds come in a wide array of sizes and colors.  Currently I'm thinking of trying the Sleepypod harness for Kitsune, and the mobile pet bed for Fenrir.  Whatever we decide, after we get a chance to try them out I'll be sure to post a review here.

Of course everyone hopes that they never actually find out how well their safety products preform in an actual car crash.  But, as the old saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry.  If you drive with your pets in the car do you use any kind of safety seat/harness/carrier?


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