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    Soon I'll be buying my first car. Which means the dogs will have permission to sit in the back seats rather than stay in the crate in the back of my parents car.

    So I've started to think about how I'll contain the dogs in the car. I'm thinking a car harness is probably best option. I have no experience with car harnesses... Anyone got recommendations on the best car harness? I'd want something that is comfortable and easy to get on/off - and obviously something that is easy to clip into the car and is very safe - The safest possible!

    I'll be putting a cover over the back seat, as Koda has a habit of drooling in the car and he sheds a lot, so recommendations for a good back seat cover for dogs would be good too.

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    I bought a back seat cover from K9+ soft dog crates but it was a very dark colour and plastic in feel and it got really hot and took a long time to cool off. I was expecting something more canvas like in feel - like their crates.

    So I ended up going to a horse rug repair shop locally and getting them to make up a piece of double rip stop white canvas to the right size and putting some d rings on it so I could lace it to the head rests on the front and back seats... works a treat. The maker used the first one as a template to put the seatbelt openings in approximately the right place. But it does look like something easy to do and the custom made one was cheaper than the first one.

    And it washes really well too. I usually put some old sheets and towels down on top of it too - they get washed a bit more often than the canvas bit.

    I have a bergan car harness that clips into the seatbelt clasp thing and has a carbiner that clips to two loops of seatbelt webbing behind the dog's shoulders. I think it's fairly good but I think I'd get something different next time. I can't pick my dog up in it, she sort of slides backwards in it so I think in a serious crash it might not do anything much.

    I got the bergan one from cleanrun when they had free shipping

    But it's better than the Kramar brand one I got from Petstock - the plastic snap buckles on that broke with ordinary use ie just putting the buckle together so got zero faith that one would be any good in a crash. I had another similar car harness before that, different brand but it had this annoying system where you had to loop the seatbelt through it and clip that on the carabiner clip in ones are much easier to use.

    NRMA Crash Test - Black Dog Car Harness

    this one might work - key points to look for are secure and convenient way to attach to car. And spreads the load on the dogs chest and prevents spine from being broken by back legs over taking front legs while only the chest is strapped securely.
    https://www.sleepypod.com.au/category_s/100.htm

    I'm not sure any of the harnesses would keep the dog safe in an accident but some of them would prevent the dog becoming a missile in your car.

    I think if you got the front and rear harnesses and the sling from this website and used a carbiner mountaineers quality with a seat belt click in - you might nearly be there
    http://www.walkaboutharnesses.com/co...bout-harnesses
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 09-11-2015 at 03:20 PM.

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    I really like the Sleepypod Clickit harness'. Not sure whether I'd go for the Utility or the Sport versions. Both seem pretty good with good reviews and good results in the crash tests! The sport one looks heaps easier to use and also looks like it would be easier for the dog to lie down in, which is another positive. They're expensive, but I suppose if it keeps my dogs alive in an accident then it is 100% worth it.

    I like your idea for the seat cover too, I'll have to see what i can come up with around here!

    Gee it will be nice to be able to just chuck the dogs in the back seat rather than have to push the seats down, load the crate into car and awkwardly set it up (it only just fits in the car).

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    This Frosty in the car in the car hammock. the back strapping to the right of the blue horse lead is the harness which is inside out and not on her. She leaps into the car and nicks off to the opposite side and I get to climb in after her to put it on.

    of the car hammock - you can see the rip stop (white check stuff) and the d rings and sort of how it is tied on. The rope hanging down the back of the seat behind Frosty is the rope I use to tie on the head rests at the back and I use that sort of looping with quick release to attach.


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    Maybe this may help you 'maddogdodge':

    https://www.google.com.au/webhp?sour...r+dogs+reviews

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    So I decided to get the Sleepypod Clickit Sport. Very happy with it so far, it's easy to set up, comfortable for Koda and still allows him to move around comfortably and lay down.

    I also bought the Kurgo Wander Hammock for the car seat. I'm happy with this as well, very sturdy and waterproof. Can have it as a normal seat cover or as a hammock


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    he's very posh in his aqua vest. Doesnt look too impressed or is that the 'stop mucking about, where are we going?" look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    he's very posh in his aqua vest. Doesnt look too impressed or is that the 'stop mucking about, where are we going?" look.
    That's definitely a "hurry up, where are we going?" look.... He loves car rides!

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