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.

The Sleepypod ClickIt car safety harness is one of the few harnesses on the market that has been properly crash-tested.

The Sleepypod ClickIt dog car harness is one of the few dog seatbelts on the market that has been properly crash-tested.

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.

Comments

Hi Christine.

Thank you for your comment. We have not experienced either of these problems with our harness and we have never had one returned by a customer either. The inertia reel on a seatbelt can of course engage on sudden movement, but you would just need to slacken the belt if this happened, as you would with your own seatbelt. If the harness is slipping up it’s probably just not done up tight enough. Our dog moves around freely when he’s wearing his and it’s never locked into place.

We offer a no-hassle returns policy and so if the harness isn’t going to work for you, you are free to return it for a full refund.

Please do ask if you’d like any more information.

Best wishes
Annabel

Hi. I’m thinking of buying this harness for my dog. Ive googled reviews and they are very mixed. Due to the high price tag I’m a bit nervous. I’ve only had my dog a few weeks & spent a small fortune often getting things wrong (typically on poor advice!). One thing I’ve learned is opinions are hugely varied when it comes to dog products do it’s hard to know what to believe!! Anyway a few people have said of this harness it rides up and strangles their dogs neck when they sit down and also ince they lie down the seatbelt locks in and it can’t stand up again. My dog loves a road trip but likes to look out of the window so this concerns me as I think she’ll get distressed if she lies down and can’t get up again. What is your view on these 2 criticisms of it?

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