The safest car harness for dogs
Keep your dog and your family safe with our crash-tested Clickit dog car harness by Sleepypod. It's a safer option than a dog seatbelt and it's stylish and beautifully made.
As Britain becomes more and more dog-friendly, and as we increasingly consider our dogs to be family members, it’s only natural we want to take our dog with us on all of our adventures. But while it’s impossible not to smile at the sight of dog hanging out of the back window of a car, it’s not very safe and could lead to you breaking the law.
Rule 57 of the Highway Code states:
When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.
We would be the first to admit we had a somewhat reckless attitude to safety when travelling with our dog. It was cute to have him riding shotgun, singing along on the radio to Wham! and feeling like a partner in crime. But after doing some research into the subject, we quickly became horrified that we had been so cavalier with our dog’s (and our own) safety. The fact is that not securing your dog in the car could seriously injure or even kill him in the event of a crash, and could turn him into a projectile missile that could hurt you or your family.
The really frustrating thing is that dog car safety is not regulated in this country in the way child seat restraints are. There is no industry standard, and no requirement for harnesses to be crash-tested. The scary truth is that you could very easily buy a harness thinking you are doing the right thing, only to find that on impact it either proves to be entirely useless, or worse, that the restraint strangles or kills your dog.
It is for this reason we are now stocking the ClickIt Sport harness on Bleak House. The harness is made by US company Sleepypod and is properly crash-tested (It is the only harness to earn safety certification and a five star rating from the Center for Pet Safety in the US) and as well as being incredibly safe, it looks great and is exceptionally well made. Despite its high price, it was a no-brainer for us.
We put the harness through its paces over the summer - we wanted to be 100% sure about it before we recommended it to you - and it fared brilliantly well. Our dog Edward can sit happily on the backseat between our two children - there is plenty of room for the 3 of them. And because the harness works on the inertia seat belt, he can easily move around. He can stand up, sit down, turn around and choose which child’s lap to lay his head on. The harness is really easy to attach - you just thread the seatbelt through the back loops. And because it is also a walking harness, it’s great for when you stop for a break on long journeys as you don’t to switch to a walking harnesses when you take your dog for a leg-stretch and toilet stop.
We have found that since he’s had the harness Edward settles more easily in the car, I think because he no longer needs to brace himself for sharp corners or speed bumps and feels more stable. We are so thrilled with the ClickIt Sport harness and we really can’t recommend this product highly enough to you. The harness comes in four colours and four sizes and will fit all but the very smallest and the very largest dogs. Buy the harness.
If you have any thoughts on this, do let us know in the comments below. To watch Sleepypod's crash-tests and other information about the harness, visit their website.