Dog harness for car and seat belt attachments review
What to look for in the best dog harness for cars
You should read about the dog harnesses first - but here is the top 5 recommended by Little Malt
In this Dog harness for car and seat belt attachments review, lets start with a few basics to look for. Things we looked at before making our recommendations (apart from price):-
Dog car harness fit?
A dog harness that doesn’t fit properly can be more dangerous than no harness at all! Take the time to measure your dog’s length, chest and neck and don’t just go by weight recommendations and make sure the harness is a good comfortable fit.
A dog harness ideally needs to be strong and made well. Good padding or cushioning around the chest to stop rubbing and getting sores is a must. If it is well made and comfortable, the manufacturer should be happy to offer a life time warranty.
Seat Belt included?
Dog harnesses sometimes might be good, but they may not be supplied with a seat belt attachment. Check to see if it’s being sold in a ‘set” and if not, you may have to buy a seat belt attachment separately.
Has the dog harness been tested?
Some dog car harnesses are crash-tested and certified. A dog harness that is tested lets you know that it will do a good job in a crash (if it fits properly). Harnesses which are test crash tested are usually the best but are a little bit more money to buy.
Dog harness for car and seat belt attachments review– the 5 best buys
This Kurgo dog harness is number one because it has everything you want in a dog harness and it is very affordable. It comes in all sizes and in four different colors so it can look cool too.
Best dog harness to stop pulling
The Kurgo dog harness is also one of the best designed to stop a dog pulling as it has a no-pull D ring that spins the dog around if too much pull pressure is put on. The Kurgo is also a very good very good every-day dog harness. It is worth buying even if you don’t take your dog in the car.
- CRASH TESTED CERTIFIED at the same place that crash-tests Child restraint systems.
- Affordable, one of the most popular dog car harnesses with many excellent reviews
- ADJUSTABLE and a comfortable every-day harness too
- Includes a NO-PULL D ring for effectively training dog not to pull by spinning dog around
- Five adjustment points for customizable fit on dogs of all shapes and sizes
- Includes dog tether for car, and broad, padded chest plate for extra protection and comfort
- Dog seat belt is included in price and can double as a short training leash
- Great car harness fit is easy; large fits dogs with neck 18-30 inches and chest 24-34 inches and they have a very good size chart to make sure you get it right.
- Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects so, as the best why not click here to find out more and buy.
The Sleepypod ClickIt Sport Crash-Tested Car Safety Dog Harness has two reason it is not our first-choice dog car harness.
- It is a little more expensive than the Kurgo Dog Harness
- We don’t get as good charts to make sure we get the exact fit we need.
The Sleepypod ClickIt Sport Crash-Tested Car Safety Dog Harness, as it says, is crash tested and it comes in a wide variety of sizes. There are 5 color choice and it has:-
- 3 secure points of automobile seatbelt contact
- A wide supportive vest to distribute and disperse damaging forces
- Ballistic nylon exterior construction and
- Automotive grade seat belt webbing
Every-day use harness also
The Sleepypod harness can be used as an everyday harness also and it ticks all our “what to look for in a dog harness” boxes. There is no need for a seat belt inclusion here as it clips through your existing seat belts.
This harness is not suited for Greyhounds, Whippets, Salukis, Afghan Hounds, and Borzos. (Mostly tall, thin dogs) but you can click here to read more and buy
The Mighty Paw car dog harness dog makes it to number 3 on our list because it is very good value at not much over $20.00.
It comes in 4 different sizes and any color you want as long as it’s black!
- Weatherproof, easy to clean, strong with top quality metal hardware.
- Padded material for extra comfort, lightweight and ‘breathable’.
- Slip-on not ‘step-in” is a really good thing for some dogs as it slips on easily over the head and it’s a good every-day dog harness with reflective stitching.
It DOES NOT come with a seat belt attachment so this must be bought separately. Have a look at the seat belt attachment on this link here – clicking to see more and buy
The Ruffwear car harness comes in black and 5 sizes to suit all dogs.
It is built for safety and is: –
- Car Crash tested to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
- Attaches easily to existing seat belts (although it may take a few minutes to get it adjusted properly on first time use)
- Allows safe, comfortable movement for a dog in the car
- Has strong all-metal hardware attached
- Is ideal for longer road trips because it does all dogs some movement to sit, lie down or stretch.
This Ruffwear car dog harness is one of the best dog car harnesses designed for vehicles. It loses a few points as it is not really designed for every-day use although its OK to use as a standard harness on short drive breaks. Click to buy it here.
#5. Cheap Car dog harness
For those who don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Lukovee Dog Safety Vest Harness with Seatbelt is the best low-cost option for under $15.00.
The Lukovee harness comes in six sizes to suit any dog and has a great variety of nine colors to choose.
- This dog car harness is made of strong double mesh nylon fabric with flannelette edges. The Lukovee is best for short trips rather than long car trips. We think it lacks a little on padding and comfort but is strongly made and should last.
- Because it is quite tight fitting, there’s not a lot of room for movement although the adjustable elastic nylon safety seat belt attachment is long enough to allow dogs to move around a little.
- Easy to put on and take off and it makes a pretty good every-day harness. For the price, strength and comfort, this just makes our top five so find out more by clicking Lukovee Dog Safety Vest Harness with Seatbelt.
Dog harness for car and seat belt attachments review Summary
We have researched and investigated hundreds of dog harnesses to find these five excellent ones. These are at various prices to suit all budgets but are all strong and good for us dogs.
The Kurgo dog harness does come out on top by nearly every measure, including price.
The Ruffwear (number 4 on our list) is the best dog car harness but it lost some points because it’s not so good for every-day use. Most of the others on this list are very good every-day harnesses also.
Keeping your pets safe and keeping your vehicle clean and protected from muddy paws and slobbers is important to most of you humans.
Little Malt explains the types of car seat covers available for protecting your dog from the dirt in your car. (or is that protect your car from a dirty dog?)
- Our Number 1 recommendation by far is the hammock dog seat cover.
- Back seat covers can very very good too if you don’t like the idea of a hammock
- Front seat covers should not be necessary for most of you as we dogs should not be sitting in the front unless it’s absolutely necessary – (it is against the law in some places, so check!).
- Cargo dog covers for the back of station wagons and SUV’s can be great but it’s NOT the only protection we need – these are to protect your car, not us dogs, so make sure we are still secured firmly in case of accident.
Car door covers don’t do us dogs much good but they are very good at protecting your doors from dirt and slobbers.
The right equipment can make car journeys so much more safe and fun for all the family pack so have a good look and be prepared! Read more by clicking here.
Jerry looks at Dog creates and dog crate training. The big question is why would you ever want to buy a dog crate?
Dog crates for household use are BANNED in some countries. There is a place for dog crates if we must fly long distances or if we are injured and we need to be kept in a confined area to recover.
Crates are particularly popular in the USA and many dog trainers think they are a good training aid. We DO NOT know of any dog that has been better trained with the use of a crate than the many millions who are trained to incredibly high standards WITHOUT using a crate.
Using a crate ‘properly’ (if there is such a thing) is a long process that requires a lot of time and patience, even if you like the idea we’d have to ask – why bother?
Dog crates are essential for some forms of travel so you may have little choice but to train a dog to a crate for travel purposes.