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Dog Car Harness – Safety & Freedom for Your Dog

dog car harnessIt’s travel season and you’re probably looking at taking a trip(s) with your family, which of course includes your dog. While many dogs love to be free in the car, safety concerns make many of us pet parents put our dogs in a dog bag, crate or kennel (and then secure it with the seat belt) for car travel. Alas, there is another option – the dog car harness!

The Solvit Dog Car Harness is designed so your dog can wear a harness in the car just as safe and securely as you wear your seat belt. In fact, it actually does integrate with your car’s seat belt tensioning device. You can determine how much freedom of movement your dog should have while traveling and adjust the harness settings accordingly. Then in the case of a sudden stop, it locks in place to keep your dog secure.

dog car harnessWe’ve used this with our dog Kobi and it worked out great. It was easy for him to get into and out of and we were happy to have this “seat belt” for our dog. It took seconds to set up which we appreciated since we were in a rental car.

The Solvit Dog Car Harness, which is available in 4 sizes,  has heavy-duty straps attached to a fully-padded vest and full metal connectors are used at the load-bearing points. The inner layer is made of breathable material which makes the harness comfortable for your dog. Not to mention, your dog is probably a whole lot more comfortable with the ability to move around the car a bit more than if he was stuck in a bag or crate. I’m sure your best friend prefers to position himself at the best angle depending of what is of interest at the moment, e.g. looking at the others outside or looking at you inside the car. It’s designed to makes it easy to load and unload your pets and easily installs in all vehicles.

ClickIt Dog Harness

ClickIt Dog Harness

Another great product is the Clickit Utility from Sleepypod which has received great safety reviews. Clickit Utility is a three-point dog safety harness. Similar in concept to the three-point seatbelt federally required in all vehicles, Clickit Utility’s three points of attachment absorb force in a frontal collision by dissipating energy and keeps the dog in the car seat during impact.

Want more dog travel tips? Check out our Dog Travel section!

Dog Travel Products

We take our dog everywhere – trains, planes and automobiles. As such, it’s good to be prepared with the right dog travel products to ensure a smooth trip with your best friend.

We’ve hand picked these top quality, well designed dog travel products.
Often the below styles are available in other colors or sizes.
Everything is linked for easy purchase:

Dog Bags & Carriers

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Dog Products for Car Travel

 

Dog Water Bottles

 

Dog Travel Bowls

 

 

Dog Backpack – what a great way to carry your dog!

We specifically wanted a smaller dog so we could easily take him with us and travel. As such, we’re always on the look out for another easy and fast way to carry our dog around and a dog backpack is right up our alley.

Stylish Dog Backpack options:

All linked for easy shopping

K9 Sport Sack AIR K9 Sport Sack AIR
We saw our local dog walker using this backpack and it’s great! The K9 Sport Sack Dog Carrier Backpack was created by actual dog owners and was designed to be easy, fun, comfortable and safe. It includes thoughtful built in features such as side ventilation to keep your dog cool, water proof material, bottom padding for extra comfort on you and your dog and side pockets for snacks or a water bottle.
Dog Backpack and Pet Dome by Petego
All in one backpack, carry your dog, computer and a portable dog house. The Petego Pet At Work system is an ingenious solution for those who enjoy taking your small dog with you everywhere. Not only can your pet be carried safely in the back-pack carrier, but there is also room for your laptop and the portable dog house.
Petego Messenger Bag –  Pooch Pouch
Take your pampered pooch everywhere with you in this stylish dog pouch. Your dog will feel comfortable and secure being hugged close to your body in this accommodating messenger style bag. It’s a great way to carry your dog without the bulk of a traditional pet carrier.
Outward Hound Dog Backpack
The Outward Hound Pooch Pouch Front Carrier is ideal for carrying small to medium sized dogs. It’s mesh siding and lightweight design allow you to pack up your dog and keep them cool. It includes a side pocket for stowing small essentials like keys, chapstick, and poop baggies while a large front pouch keeps your valuables like cell phones and ID cards.
Crazy Paws Sporty Dog Backpack
The Crazy Paws (aka Wacky Paws) Sporty Dog Backpack is easy to use and features air mesh material, giving your small dog the proper ventilation he/she may need on hot days. You may use the backpack the traditional way (on your back) or carry your dog on the front side. A unique feature is the waist line strap that can buckle around your waist to better secure and support the weight of your dog.
Prefer Pets Backpack Dog Carrier
This bag is in-cabin airline approved for most airlines and can be used as a backpack or a carrier. It’s made of heavy-duty nylon canvas with a zipper entry on one side, as well as, a zipper halfway down the opposite side. It has durable mesh covered windows on four sides for ventilation. For a similar alternative bag, check out the Natuvalle.

 

Tips for a Dog Hike – Fun Outdoor Adventure

dog hike We’re sure your best friend would love to go on a dog hike. All dogs, even urban dogs, enjoy some fun in the sun and new adventures. Here are some great tips:

1. Check in advance to ensure the trail or park allows dogs

Not all trails or parks are dog friendly so definitely check in advance.

2. Make sure your dog can handle the exercise

Hiking is more strenuous than walking, especially since the terrain is uneven. Make sure your dog’s fitness matches the distance and level of hike you’re planning to take. Otherwise, you might end up carrying your dog half way through the hike.

small dog hikeSome factors you’ll want to consider is their age and overall health. Dogs that are in shape and over 40 lbs generally are well adapted for hiking. Smaller dogs can be good hikers too, but they do need to take a lot more steps to cover the same piece of ground, and they cannot stretch as far up or down a rock, so they may need a lift where a larger dog would not. If you’re not sure, start with an easy, flat hike that’s not too long.

3. Bring the right gear for your pooch
Summit Backpack

Summit Backpack

  • If you have a strong, fit dog and you want him to share the load and get him to wear a dog backpack.
  • If the hike you’re considering does not have much shade and you have a dog that could easily sunburn, bring some sunscreen made for dogs.
  • If your dog overheats, consider using a dog cooling vest.
  • Remember to bring water not just for yourself, but also for your dog. Check out our recommended travel water bottles.
  • We believe it’s also good to bring some treats for your dog. It’s a great way to get their attention and they might need some nourishment if it’s a strenuous hike – just as you would bring trail mix for yourself.
4. Follow Dog Hike Etiquette
  • Clean up after your dog just as you would after yourself, using the Leave No Trace principles.
  • Give dog-less hikers the right of way. When you meet others on the trail, put your dog on a leash.
  • Do not allow your dog to disturb plants or wildlife.
  • Keep your dog on the trail.