Mar 26, 2009

Seatbelts For Dogs

G'day Dog Lovers,

Yesterday I got a phone call from one of our readers about an article in our latest issue on seatbelts for dogs. This reader explained to me how she was driving her SUV one day recently with her two dogs safely secured (or so she thought) by harnesses in the back.

However, one of her dogs, a 50kg Rhodesian Ridgeback, decided he'd had enough of being restrained. He pulled on the harness and broke the plastic clip that held the harness around him. Luckily, the reader was able to pull over without any trouble. But what if she had been travelling at 80km/h or faster and had to slam on the brakes? The harness could have broken just as easily and her dog would have turned into a lethal missile.

How safe are plastic clips on doggy car harnesses? Shouldn't they use metal clips that will be much stronger under pressure? This reader has since gone on a search for a car harness that uses metal clips instead of plastic ones - the only product she has been able to find is made in the U.S - www.ruffrider.com

Does anyone know of an Australian-made product that might fit the bill?

While we're on the topic, what about safety testing for these harnesses? Seatbelts for us humans undergo intensive testing to make sure they keep us safe, but do you know of anyone who does any sort of safety testing on their dog car harness?

Feel free to post a comment - I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

it's hard to tell, but this one looks like it might be good - http://waggle.com.au/product.php?product=266&backtosub=11

Tim - Editor said...

Ah-ha!

Problem solved - the KraMar Roadie is a dog car harness that has been tested to human standards.

From their website - "Because there are no safety standards for dogs, we built the Roadie to human standards. We test each production run for tensile strength (2268kg’s, human standard for seatbelts) at Commercial Testing Laboratories in Denver, CO and Viclab Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Australia."

Go to http://www.kramar.com.au/roadie.html to check it out!