Choosing the Right Car Restraint for Your Dog | Love That Pet™
Pet stores sell tethers and crates that meet the legal requirement, and dog car restraints come in all sizes.
Bad news. There’s a reasonably good chance that even if you buckle your dog into a harness or other safety apparatus before taking a car trip, he’s not really any safer than he would have been otherwise. The Center for Pet Safety made the discovery when it tested four different automotive restraints. All were intended for large dogs weighing 50 to 85 pounds, such as standard poodles, German shepherds, Irish setters, Labrador retrievers, boxers, and Weimaraners.
A car crash – or simply braking quickly – can also result in serious injury to your pet. Like a human being not wearing a seatbelt, an unrestrained dog can fly through the vehicle cabin, slamming into seats, the dashboard or a windshield, according to test video released by Australia’s .
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The Pet Passenger Restraint System (PPRS) is a safety system designed by Sleepypod to secure a pet in a vehicle and restrict harmful movement resulting from a sudden vehicle stop or frontal collision. Every Sleepypod carrier and harness includes PPRS components and features to improve pet passenger safety.Do any of the above questions apply to you? If so, you are not in the minority. According to the , 84 percent of respondents bring their dogs on car trips but do not use a restraint. I sheepishly bow my head and admit to falling in that 84 percent now and again for the “short trip to the park” treks we make just about daily. This might not be such a bad thing, or so it seems, in light of recent findings released by the Center for Pet Safety.To protect the joy of driving with pets, we put Sleepypod dog harnesses and pet carriers through stringent safety tests to include static material tensile testing and dynamic crash testing at the standard set for child safety restraints.A dire need exists for a product that will comfortably restrain a dog yet allow some flexibility in movement while traveling. , a company that designs products for pet safety at home and during travel, took a step in the right direction. They hired a crash-test facility sponsored by the United States’ Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to test the crash-worthiness of its entire line of pet carriers.• MAX is the first Sleepypod crash test dog. Small in size for the purpose of testing pet carriers as pet safety restraints, MAX 1 weighs 12 pounds and MAX 2 weighs 6 pounds. Each of Sleepypod’s pet carriers passed a 30 mph frontal crash test. The crash tests were performed at this speed because that is the standard for child safety seats in the United States. There is NO legal standard for car restraint systems (or crash worthiness of carriers) for pets.