At our house, seat belts for us dogs are as important as seat belts for the humans. Whether we are going a few blocks, or hundreds of miles, we always buckle up! There are a lot of dog restraint systems on the market, but we are firmly sold on the AllSafe Harness. Mom has been using this brand for almost fourteen years. Today I want to tell you why we are all for AllSafe seat belts for dogs! I posted about these seat belts back in 2013, but I felt it was time for an update as it is a topic we feel is very important.
Why do we recommend AllSafe seat belts for dogs?
The AllSafe harness is the number one crash tested pet safety harness in worldwide crash tests. The Allsafe Harness has been crashed tested with a dog dummy at speeds up to 30 mph, both in Germany and US. Tests met or exceeded prescribed child safety standards. The Allsafe harness is one of the only crash tested/crash-test certified dog restraint seat belts in the USA. Dogs need to be safe in a vehicle for their own safety as well as to prevent them from flying around and injuring any passengers. These seat belts are TÜV approved for Autobahn use in Germany. Having lived in Germany for ten years, Mom knows Germans are serious about vehicle safety, and if they approve AllSafe, they have to be good.
Easy to hook up and to move
The AllSafe harness comes with a tether that can easily be attached either to a seat belt in the car or a cargo hook in an SUV. The tethers are made of high quality nylon and stainless steel construction. Katie tested the safety years ago in Germany when she was riding in the convertible with Mom. She saw her friend and decided to jump out of the moving vehicle. Luckily, they were going slow, but nevertheless, her AllSafe seat belt attached to the seat belt like the one in the bottom right photo, held her firmly on the side of the car until Mom was able to stop.
Sturdy and long lasting
Katie had the first AllSafe seat belt which she wore for about thirteen years and we will keep as it is still in perfect condition. The AllSafe harnesses come in four sizes, we have three of them – small, medium, large. The small, Bailie and I used as puppies. Once you have one of these, you won’t need another unless you add more dogs to your family. True German Quality!
The harness is a multi purpose harness
The AllSafe harness is first and foremost a seat belt for dogs, but if you look you will see two rings on the back side. The lower ring is for hooking up the harness in the car as a seat belt.
If you want to use it as a harness with a leash, the top ring is to be used. Sometimes if we are just getting out of the car for a short time we will leave the harness on, and hook up a leash. Because it is very sturdy and padded, it is not ideal for long walks.
Just being a super strong harness is really not enough. The AllSafe harness has heavy padding about 1/2 inch thick around most of the interior areas of the belt. Should your dog be involved in a crash, the heavy padding will help to protect the harness itself from causing injuries.
Both the front and back of the harness have reflective striping. The reflective strips will help make your dog more visible in an emergency and will help to be seen if you are using it for walking. Note the puppy harness has barely been used, and Katie’s harness was heavily used or some thirteen years. The reflective strips are just as good on both harnesses.
You get what you pay for
I’m not going to lie, the AllSafe harness is not cheap! The small harness starts at around $100, with the extra large topping out at about $160. Is it a lot of money? Yes, but it will last for a lifetime and more. We figure if we are going to buckle up, we want the safest option out there. The AllSafe harness is, in our opinion, the very best, and well worth the money. If you have a crash and your dog is not restrained, just the initial vet visit will be $100 or more, so why not invest the money in safety?
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