Do you buckle up your dog? At our house, seat belts are a top priority whether we are driving one mile or one hundred miles. My mom has been a seat belt nut since she was a kid, Gramma told me that, and then she was a flight attendant for eleven years…to fasten your seat belt, insert the flat end into the buckle… To top it all off, Mom lived in Germany for ten years where she enjoyed driving 150-180 miles an hour and at those speeds, seat belts are really important! Yes, us dogs rode along and we loved that fast stuff! One reason I am posting this is that after my last seat belt post several readers asked where to get a seat belt like we have, and I did not know. Now things have changed and I have a lot more information.
Here in the US, people are getting pretty good about buckling up but they are not doing the same for their dogs. We are so tired of seeing old ladies trying to drive with their Great Dane on their lap or the business man with his Poodle jumping back and forth over the seats! Our rule is simple, if Mom buckles up, the dogs buckle up. We have been buckling up since we were puppies. Just as learning to walk on a leash is a learning process, so is wearing a seat belt, but we learn fast. An older dog will also learn, so no excuses there!
At BlogPaws Mom spent some time at the pet safety booth and was shocked to hear that there are no tested and approved seat belts here in the US. Our seatbelts are from Germany and are ADAC and TUV approved. Now if you don’t know much about Germans, you should know that quality is their focus. Passing an ADAC or TUV test is no easy project. Not only that, but dogs are required to be restrained in a moving vehicle, so they must have reliable restraints. Until recently, we had not been able to find our particular seatbelts for sale here but now we have. The brand that we have is called Allsafe Dog Car Harness.
Just to give you a quick rundown of how safe our seat belts are, we lifted this verbiage from the 4×4 North America website:
“The AllSafe Harness is the seat belt for dogs. The German Auto Club tested the AllSafe Harness at their ADAC Technology Centre. Performance was measured against the criteria established in ECE R17 and crash tested with a dog dummy at speeds up to 30 mph. The AllSafe Harness was also crash tested by MGA Research in the USA using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213 for Child Restraints. We have also tested the AllSafe Harness using the standards adopted by the Center For Pet Safety. AllSafe is one of the only crash test certified dog restraints currently available in the U.S. and Europe.”
The harness seems a bit bulky at first but that is the heavy padding on the inside that actually makes it more comfortable for us dogs. There are two rings on the back side, the lower one is for the actual car use and the middle one is for use as a walking harness. The first time we wore our harnesses, Mom fit them on us and since that day, she only unbuckles one of the four buckles. We know how to put our paws in the front end, then she buckles up that one buckle on the back and we are in. It takes about one minute to get both of us dogs strapped in.
Another great feature with these seat belts is that you can move them easily to any vehicle. They are easy to install – takes less than a minute! You can adjust the length of the strap depending on the size of the dog and the area of the car. You will also notice the large reflective strips which provide added safety in the event of a crash or at nighttime. These seat belts may seem expensive at an average price of about $100 but they last forever and they keep your pet safe – something all those other supposed dog seat belts don’t do!
Here is a short video on the seat belt and the crash tests.
We purchased ours through Zooplus.de in Germany but we have found them now at:
We have no affiliation with these companies and only have them listed because they appear to sell these seat belts online.
In other news…don’t forget to guess how many pages are in my new book – win yourself a copy! Deadline is midnight on Saturday. See my post yesterday for details. I also received my Sony Action Cam that I won from Pet Content! No more complaining about Mom’s video skills, now I can shoot my own video…once Mom figures out how to set it all up! What a pawsome prize to win! More on that another day!