It’s 2020 and we take dogs everywhere with us, which is simply amazing. Being able to share memories with your four-legged best friend is one of the most rewarding things about being a dog owner. But there is also a lot of planning and prepping that goes into it, especially when traveling in the car with your pup. We’re required to wear seat belts while in a car and so should our dogs. Whether you’re going to the vet, the groomer, or you’re taking a long road trip, your dog’s safety while in the car should be on the top of your list.
An unsecured dog in your car can become a projectile object in the event of an accident or sudden stop, which can cause serious injury — or death — to the dog and passengers in the car. Preventing your pup from distracting you while on the road and keeping everyone safe for the drive can be as easy as just getting a seat belt harness. While using a pet harness in the car is recommended by pet safety advocates and veterinarians, a dog seat belt is required in only nine states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Rhode Island), but more states are working to get the bill passed.
When it comes to looking for a dog seat belt, it’s hard to know where to start. There are quite a few options out there, for all different dog sizes, different functions, and at various prices. We’ve done the hard work for you and picked out the top six choices to keep your dog safe on every outing.
Kurgo Impact Dog Car Harness
Kurgo has spent 8 years researching, engineering, and crash-testing car harnesses, and they’ve used all this information and data to create the Impact Harness. It’s been tested on simulated dogs up to 75 pounds using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for child-restraint systems. See more from the crash test report. This harness easily integrates with any car seat belt system and is designed to decrease forward motion from impact. Plus, the product comes with a lifetime warranty.
SlowTon Dog Car Harness Plus Connector Strap
Perfect for multi-use, this dog harness is a combo seat belt and harness. The harness is made with a breathable fabric that has a flannelette edge to help absorb any moisture. The attachable seat belt is adjustable, so you can give your pup a little more slack when necessary. With 17 different colors to choose from, as well as six sizes ranging from XXXS- L, there’s an option here for every dog and dog owner.
Kurgo Rover Booster Dog Car Seat with Seat Belt
The Kurgo Car Pet Booster Seat is perfect for small breeds and puppies. It holds your pooch and keeps them safe while also letting them look out the window during the drive. It’s super easy to install and can be secured in either the front bucket seat or the smaller side of a 60/40 rear split bench seat. There is a dog seat belt included to make sure your dog is tethered into the booster and safe for the entire ride. If your dog is between 20 and 30 pounds, this is the perfect option for you.
The Kurgo Tether is another option that attaches right to your dog’s harness or collar. We love the carabiner clip for extra strength and the swivel ability helps provide a tangle-free tide. It’s worth noting that the tether isn’t compatible with Volvo vehicles, and not recommended for Ford trucks.
PAWABOO Dog Safety Vest Harness
This safety harness has fast-release buckles on both sides, which makes it easy to put on and off, as well as makes it easier to get your dog out of if in an accident.
The seat belt is detachable from the harness, so you can use the Pawaboo both in the car or just on a stroll when attached to an everyday leash. We love the material of this harness — it’s made from an oxford fabric and 100% polyester. Plus, the padded chest plate helps keep you dog comfortable for the duration of wear. This seatbelt is best for small to medium dog breeds.
URPOWER Upgraded Dog Seat Belt
This seat belt is perfect for attaching to your dog’s everyday harness and is easy to use on everyday trips. The URPOWER is made out of a durable nylon fabric and can adjust from 20 to 26 inches, allowing your dog to have enough room to lay down or sit up as needed. It’s recommended to attach this seat belt to harnesses over collars in order to keep your dog the most comfortable and secure.